DEVIN CASTLE BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

When I said that I am going to Bratislava, I got a “mixed bag” reaction…. Where is it? What is there to see? Who goes to such unknown and “untouristy” place? Well! That decided it… I needed to visit, see and then write about this capital city of Slovakia, the other half of breakaway country…

VISEGRAD ON THE DANUBE BEND, HUNGARY

Danube is the second largest river in Europe, originating in Germany and flowing through ten countries. Along with Volga, Rhine and their many tributaries, it forms a big network of waterways for transport of cargo by barges. Most of the major cities on its banks have the mandatory river cruise for the tourists to showcase…

LOGARSKA DOLINA, SLOVENIA

This is my second trip to Slovenia. When I returned from my first trip, my “skeptical” friends were amazed to see the fabulous pictures that I had brought back. It is mini Switzerland! I had covered the Lake Bled and Bohinjska area in that trip. I had heard about the wine area around Maribor and…

REMEDY FOR STOMACH -2

Another simple recipe for stomach upsets which my mother made for us whenever anyone of us had stomach upset…….. A very simple and effective recipe…….. In Bengal, it is called CHINRE SEDHO…….This is actually a simple Beaten Rice Porridge……. In Bengali, Beaten Rice is called Chinre and Sedho means boiled. DIRECTIONS : Wash chinre……… Boil…

REMEDY FOR STOMACH UPSET

The other day came across a simple recipe for stomach upsets….. Here in Maharashtra , it is called Sabudana (sago) ki Pej…….. This is actually a simple Sago Porridge. DIRECTIONS : One must soak sabudana overnight or for at least six hours…… Boil water in a pan….. Add sugar according to taste and a pinch of…

Flam Railway & the Bergen line of Norway

Do you remember that geography lesson in school, when you were asked to write a short note on the (difficult to pronounce) “Fjords”. I could just manage to write a line or two describing the natural feature and add a line that they are found in Norway. As time passed and the travel bug caught…

EASY MANGO DIP

Indian Summer in all it’s glory is here….. And summer means mangoes….. Ripe or unripe, mangoes are a must in every Indian household….. Unripe mangoes are very tasty and are rich source of pectin, vitamin C, etc……. Being an wonderful cooling agent it helps against heatstrokes……. Helps in digestion by activating the secretion of the…

​MAJESTIC  MATTERHORN, SWITZERLAND 

Known as the mountain of mountains, this near perfect triangular shaped mountain is an awesome sight in Switzerland. This Alpine mountain, near the Italian border, has fascinated the mountaineers and tourists alike. Its majestic peak juts out of the horizon playing hide and seek with the clouds and sunrays. It is thought to be one of…

HIKING IN SWITZERLAND

When someone says Switzerland, the images that come into mind are rolling green hills, dotted with pretty cottages and herds of cow, snowcapped mountains in the distant horizon, dancing streams and springs and of course, for us Indians, Bollywood films!! Planeload of tourists flock the country in the summer months….some to visit the cities which…

JAPANI RESTAURANT

Address : 41/42, Minoo Desai Marg, Behind Radio Club, Colaba, Mumbai This is a fine dining restaurant….. They specialise in Japanese & Korean Cuisines…… This restaurant was formerly known as Saizen…… Interiors are tastefully done giving it a nice classy ambience….. The place is huge & brightly lit….. Particularly liked the corner table….. There is…

FISH MUITHA

(FISH DUMPLINGS) CHITOL MACHER MUITHA is a traditional offbeat preparation…… It is very popular in Bengal……. Chitol is Bengali name for Knife fish……This preparation is created after a lengthy process….. But it is worth waiting for…….. Traditionally mince of the fish is made by scraping the fish (lower half) lengthwise with the sharp tip of…

ZNOJMO,CZECH REPUBLIC

Znojmo is tucked up a ridge above the River Dyje in the Moravian region of Czech Republic. The Ducal Rotunda of Our lady and St. Catherine located inside the grounds of the 11th century Znojmo Castle, the underground labyrinth which stretches to 30 km under the streets and houses of the town and the Louka…