Steeped in Darjeeling

Sitting on a splinter-plagued bench outside a cement-and-mud hut under a magnolia tree, I watch a young woman with a sad, unguarded smile bend to offer me a yellowing porcelain cup without a handle. A…



Seeking the Sacred Mountain

The Himalayas are to other mountains what wild animals are to those kept penned in a zoo. Vast and solid though they are, they have a curious insubstantiality, the ability to lose themselves behind clouds,…


The High Road in Sikkim

The herders sauntered down the trail toward us, a single black yak lumbering in front of them. They wore faded jackets and grimy rubber boots. Daggers in leather sheaths dangled from their belts. Dhan Bahadur…


Famous Foods of Sikkim

People of Sikkim are mostly the rice lovers. Meat and other dairy products are also consumed. Sikkim has its own unique specific cuisine and food recipes. Here food habits have evolved from experiments from generations…



What’s in a name? Samosa, Singara & Semantics

What does it mean now that America knows the difference between a singara and a samosa? Mayukh Sen, an Indian-American writer, grapples with his many identities. “That’s a beautiful name,” my friend’s mother, Smita, told…



Top 5 Places to Visit in Pelling

Pelling is located at an elevation of 7200 feet and is hidden far away from the busy cities and their commercialization. Pelling is most frequented by trekkers, hikers and adventure seekers, since this place serves…