COINING GLORY

Finds of and research in Ahom coins have revealed fascinating details of Ahom heritage. “If the sun is once eclipsed, does it not make its appearance again?” was the maxim of the legendary Ahom dynasty that ruled Assam for almost six centuries (1228-1826), holding its own and even keeping the mighty Mughals at bay. A […]

A PERFECT CUP OF TEA – Bearers, Planter’s Club and a Heritage Bungalow

Thank you for sending all your wonderful feedback and comments on our last post – Colonial Cuisines of Assam. In this article I have woven in a tiny anecdote from Mr S. Sharma’s note. That era of monsoon dance nights at the club, drinking a ‘Jaleel special orange squash’ after a round of golf at […]

FROM THE PLANTER’S TABLE – COLONIAL CUISINE OF ASSAM

The gorgeous painting ( cover image ) was done by the artist, Dr. Sanjeev Handique  as a little boy in 1979 of a bungalow in Digboi. Both he and Kashmiri Nath, who has contributed the article and photographs grew up in this quaint charming old town in Tinsukia district of Assam. When Assamese Cuisine is mentioned […]

Unakoti – The singular hidden paradise of Tripura

The road less travelled is the one Robert Frost took. We are free to choose but we really do not know what awaits us at the other end. It’s only in nature that we discover the language of the sense, the anchor of our purest thoughts. A visit to the Unakoti heritage site, situated at […]

Travel with Curtain Call Adventures

I see my customers as my guests that I have invited along on a personal tour. Every trip I observe and try to make it a little bit more special as an experience. I belong to a generation that still remembers going to see a movie in a cinema hall with cousins, neighbors and aunts […]

Buddhist architecture of the eastern Himalayas

Traditional architectural styles prevalent in the eastern Himalayas across Sikkim, Bhutan and Eastern Arunachal Pradesh are characteristically simple with Buddhist influences and carved wooden window frames. The use of local sustainable materials such as rammed earth, stones and wood is customary. A prominent feature is the window assembly known as a rabsel in Bhutan. The […]

Remnants of a Kingdom – Sivasagar

In the history of Assam, Sivasagar undoubtedly, holds pride of place. It was the seat of the Ahom kingdom for 6 hundred years of their tumultuous reign. The entire district is filled with ancient monuments, artefacts, parks, tanks, spurs and dykes and roads built by the Ahom kings. The name itself is derived from the […]

An encounter in the paddy fields of Ziro

One of the things on my bucket list has been to do a  solo trip into the eastern Himalayas, to see how the indigenous tribes that inhabit these mountains, live. I first heard of Ziro from my parents, who had visited in the mid 1980’s and later through friends and social media about the Apatani […]

Rain washed, tin roof churches of North East India

My last post on the Aka tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, India got me musing on the fact that a lot of tribes and ethnic people across India especially in the north eastern states  of Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam have embraced Christianity as their religion. Originally these people were adivasis or hill folks who never […]