Auschwitz: Reflections & Realisations

I look back on my visit to the concentration camps in Auschwitz, trying to untangle the confusing and conflicting emotions it evoked.

Gourmet Gifts from Bangladesh

I explore a range of locally produced gastronomic delights, perfect as gifts, and bound to put Bangladesh on the foodie traveller’s map.

Revoti Mohon Das Sutrapur Urban Study Group Old Dhaka Heritage Dhaka Bangladesh

Dhaka’s Heritage Heroes

The Urban Study Group comprises concerned architects and local volunteers on a crusade to protect the heritage and cultural fabric of Puran Dhaka, calling to preserve over 2,500 historic buildings.

Fishing boat Dublar Char Bangladesh Fishermen Fishing Sunderbans

The Fishermen’s Island

Dublar Char (Dubla’s Island) is a remote fishing island perched on the very edge of the Sunderbans, at the mouth of the Ganges delta where several mighty rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal. The island, though difficult to reach, is a renowned fishing hub and famous for hosting the annual Rash Mela (Rash Festival), attracting thousands of Hindu pilgrims to its shores.

Rabindranath Tagore Shilaidaha Kuthibari

Travel Destinations for Bengali Litterateurs

February in Bangladesh – the month that resonates with the blood-tinged crusade for the recognition of Bengali as a state language; the month that dedicates itself to the celebration of Bengali language and literature. With the Ekushey Boi Mela (book fair) in full swing to commemorate the language movement of 1952, it is a time to reflect on the literati whose poems and prose have opened a world of wonder to generations of Bengalis, rendering many of us lifelong fans, seeking out every opportunity to learn more about the literary greats. In reading my favourite Bengali writers, I’ve come across several destinations patronised by them. Some of them may be in rather unlikely places, but they are definitely worth visiting.

Japan Sumo wrestling

A Sumo Story

Watching the ancient sport in Japan, I came to realise that size does NOT matter.

Curzon Hall Dhaka University

Walking Dhaka

In my quest to create the perfect walking tour for my friends, I came across a number of tailor made guided tours. Here’s a handy list for when you’re in a quandary like me and need to show a tourist around.

MasterChef Melbourne Australia Travel Food Restaurant

The MasterChef Trail of Melbourne

Flemington, Melbourne. It had only been a few months since I’d moved to this bustling inner-city suburb; its streets lined with quaint Victorian cottages in stark contrast with the ethnic restaurants that plied their trade on the main strip. While out on an afternoon stroll around the neighbourhood, I decided to follow the sounds of what promised to be a heady carnival and turned up at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The annual Royal Melbourne Show was underway.

Komodo Dragon Indonesia

On the Hunt for Dragons: Hiking through Komodo Island

Dragons exist, and not just on Westeros. Recounting my encounter with Komodo Dragons in Indonesia.

Bangladeshi Chingri

A Taste of the Surreal

Finalist, World Nomads Passport & Plate Food Scholarship 2015 – for the best travel story that transports readers to a new place through food.