Shona Adhikari
The writer is an author and a former art gallery owner
My Stories
Cooch Behar seeking a royal revival

It seems the perfect time to write about the efforts being made to revive the grandeur of the royal state of Cooch Behar.

Bidri Master Abdul Rahim Jaffer

An American friend was expected to arrive in two weeks in Delhi. She had planned on celebrating her  52nd birthday with me and then go to Srinagar.

Chinsurah—The Ancient Dutch Settlement

If one wanders into Chinsurah today, it would be hard to imagine that this small town which is just a suburb of Kolkata and part of Bengal’s Hooghly district, was a prosperous Dutch trading post be

Clay and Ceramic at the Pink City!

August will find ceramic lovers thronging to Jaipur for a very special event.  The Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), in collaboration with the Contemporary Clay Foundation, is scheduled to present th

Paying a visit to Lord Bahubali

That was the day in Bangalore, when I decided that enough was enough and I simply had to find time to visit Bahubali at Shravanabelagola. 

Munnar’s Purple Carpet Season

Set at an altitude of 6000 ft, in Kerala’s Idukki District, Munnar was the favoured summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in colonial times.

Europe by the Hooghly

For those not too familiar with Bengal’s early history, the title of this piece may not make any sense.

Malda—the Mango Garden of Bengal

It may sound strange, but mangoes—the succulent fruit we are privileged to eat in summer, appears to be inseparably linked with the town of Malda in Bengal.

A Chinese Connection in Udhagamandalam

This gloriously long name belongs to one of India’s most popular hill stations, perched on the Nilgiri range and better known as Ooty.

A date with Kanishka

I had been waiting for at least 3 decades for this opportunity. You might consider it strange that anyone could be so keen on seeing a headless statue!