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    15 Must-Visit Places in England #Part2

    Me: What plans this weekend?She: Weather apps say it’ll be a sunny weekend, so we’ll probably do a bit of gardening.Me: Ah! That’s nice.She: And perhaps drive to the Bristol city center for a stroll along the bay and an early dinner.Me: Okay bye. And that, my dear friends, is just a sample of the kind of conversations I have with my elder sister – she lives in Bristol with her husband – during the English summers. Suffice to say I love and miss the English summers. That’s not to say I don’t love summers in Ahmedabad – give me the mango season, the late-night drives for ice creams et…

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    15 Must-Visit Places in England #Part1

    I am missing the English summer. There is something rather charming about the English summer, including the unpredictable showers. It is these unpredictable summers that made me realise why ‘weather’ is always a popular topic for conversation among the English. Until last year, England had been THE summer getaway place – it was where I could vanish to, switch off from connectivity and lose myself in an ambiance of choice. Over the years of visits, the urban landscape of most cities and towns has undergone a drastic change – as is expected of modernization. But there’s no changing the energy that makes each English city/town so unique! If you happen…

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    That Week in Sri Lanka

    It’s been over a week now since my best girl ‘A’ and I returned from a week-long trip to Sri Lanka. It was the first trip that we had managed to embark on together in the 13 years (or is it more?) that we’ve been friends. There are a lot of hangovers here – of memories, of photographs, of instances. While on one hand the two of us are constantly chatting with each other and rolling in laughter as we think about all the things we did, conversations with family and friends are a reminder of the shadow that loomed through the trip. You see, we were in Sri Lanka at the…

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    Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #2

    … continued from Decoding the Bengali Wedding Drama #1 Sparkling after the holud treatment and decked in their wedding finery, the bride and groom sail towards the ceremony that marks the beginning of a new chapter in life. With the bride’s family responsible for the wedding function, the groom and his family head to the selected venue. Bor Jatri & Bor Boron – The groom (and his gang’s) journey to the bride’s home/ wedding venue is the bor jatri (groom journey). At the venue, the groom is welcomed by the bride’s mother (photo below) and other elders in the traditional method of showering blessings accompanied by the sound of conch…

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    10 Things You Must Do In Edinburgh

    Two trips to Scotland in a span of two years and a couple of blog posts later, I’ve had several people connect with me for tips on ‘things to do/see in Scotland’. These considerable numbers of friends have grilled me on topics ranging from the obvious… What to see in Scotland? What to eat in Scotland?  Where to stay in Scotland? … to city-specific questions like How many days do we need in Edinburgh? Should we stay in Edinburgh or Glasgow? Would you recommend driving in Scotland? Do loos in Scotland have water? The answers to these queries have differed each time, depending on the interest of the traveller – while…

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    Creamy Bengali ‘Mishti Doi’ (Sweet Yoghurt)

    Mention that you are a Bengali and conversations are bound to lead to Rabindra Sangeet, Kolkata and food. There are assumptions galore that with Bengali genes you are a walking encyclopedia of all things mentioned above. It’s rather amusing – for me at least – when I say I’m not very knowledgeable about either of these. Having been brought up outside Bengal, my exposure to culture has been varied – I’ve learned a few things Bengali from my parents, I’ve learned several things Gujarati having grown up in Rajkot-Baroda-Ahmedabad (cities in Gujarat) and I’ve learned loads of things pan-Indian owing to my friends who’ve been from different parts of the…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #2

    Beat this now! I’m getting better at planning! I actually managed to time the second part of my ‘best of 2018’ and am publishing it on the last day of the year! I could go on and on about how amazing it feels but let’s keep it short and sweet today. It is a Monday, several of us are battling the Monday blues with the added shot of sad coz who wants to work on a Monday when you know you are going to party the night into the New Year! Depressing much? I’m going to ring in 2019 with my friends-more-than-family. It’ll be a night of music, dance and…

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    Memory String 2018 Unravelled #1

    It’s been a few days since the giveaway was announced. The winners have been declared and handed over their loot. While in the process of putting together bags for the giveaway winners, I decided to send out a few to friends who’ve been a rock for me in the past year; and some to people who’ve inspired me time and again. So amid the planning, backing, packing and delivery, I’m a little run down and just about ready for the weekend; or to await the beginning of the New Year. But no complaints because this is the good kind of tired – the kind where your back hurts because you’ve…

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    ‘Tis the season to be Jolly!

    It’s the holiday season again and for us here at From The Corner Table, it’s a special holiday season; its been a whole year of this wonderful journey of blogging and sharing my experiences and trysts with all of you. And to celebrate it, I just felt like giving out something more than just my words. So, we put together gift hampers for a few of my friends and followers in my hometown, Ahmedabad, that will encapsulate all that this blog is about – Travel, Tuck In and Talk! Here’s a little glimpse into what they’d be getting: Travel Memory String – 12 frames for 12 months. An all round…