About Me

Welcome to IshitaUnblogged!

This is my Culinary Travel Blog, featuring Dubai, Kolkata & the world beyond. Culture, history, recipes, food stories, travel stories, chef talk, restaurant reviews and nostalgia unfold here amidst humor, soul-search and visual stimulation. And oh! How could I ever forget? With 2 kids in tow!

As you visit my blog, I hope that you will spend some time browsing through and leave behind your comments. You can always email me and I am pretty social, so please don’t forget to be SOCIAL (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and God only knows what’s next)!


A Bit About Me:

We love to travel. And we love to eat when we are travelling. We refers to my husband (referred here in this blog as S) and me with our two little girls whom we address as the Z-Sisters (even outside the blog!). Big Z is going to turn 8 this May, has turned 8, has turned 9, has just turned 10, has turned this May and Li’l Z is going to turn 3 in March, has turned 3, has turned 4, has turned 5 years, has turned 6 in March.

I love clicking pictures. And I’m trying to pull Big Z, I’ve pulled Big Z into my team, Big Z has already gone out my team by having gifted her even though I had gifted her a small Canon ‘aim and shoot’ on her 7th birthday. She’s fallen into my trap without realising it. I have been told by my family and friends that I drive them up the wall when I am with my camera – a trusted Nikon SLR (and currently a Samsung Galaxy too). They have, gradually learnt to tolerate me mildly over the years. But my obsession to click pictures could well be an undiagnosed case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)! Updating a bit here in May 2014… recently my laptop and iMac, both crashed on the same day wiping away many pictures. This elevated my status from the digital geek that I had become last year (when I couldn’t enjoy my Turkish ice cream because my smartphone had died and I couldn’t take a selfie) to a spiritual foodie (it’s okay to write entire food posts with pictures taken in the smartphone, the Nikon can wait). Nowadays, I have started breathing once again, without the need to click every moment I live. The blog is my virtual home – I live here all the time and I’m unblogging it all. Like music unplugged, this is me – Ishita, #unblogged!

A Bit More About Me (I struggled quite a bit to make this ‘Bit’ as small as possible – if you skip this part you will still get the essence of the blog):

The following idiosyncrasies in us that you have a right to know and which will only help you, in-case we happen to be sitting next to each other while travelling:

  • If you have the window seat and I don’t, then you must necessarily look out of the window all the time. Otherwise, YOU DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SITTING BY THE WINDOW. I’ll pester you with ‘Nice view isn’t it?’ till you end up saying ‘Would you like to see the view yourself?’ and swapping places
  • If the food served to you is different from mine (even though I have been served exactly what I have ordered), I will necessarily STARE at your food since at that point I will be thinking that YOU EXACTLY KNEW THAT YOUR FOOD IS GOING TO BE BETTER THAN MINE
  • My magazines and newspapers would necessarily be lying on the floor or would have been torn into multiple pieces by the Z-Sisters. And I will definitely BORROW MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS STACKED IN YOUR SEAT POCKET EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED READING THEM
  • I will want to take out my handbag from the overhead loft every half an hour to use my hand moisturiser, lip balm, chewing gum and my TRAVEL ITINERARY LIST – in exactly that order. THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE INCLUDED EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO BE SEEN AND DONE, AS PER ALL THE TRAVEL GUIDES & WEBSITES. And No, I cannot keep my handbag on my lap or under my feet – it’s big and very uncomfortable
  • I look at people either through my camera lenses or through my senses – ‘Do they appear the way they sound? Does the face tally with the name of the person? Does the surname complement the name?’ etc. SO, EITHER I WILL STARE AT YOU BECAUSE YOU WILL BE A FABULOUS SUBJECT FOR MY PHOTOGRAPHS OR I AM BOTHERED THAT YOU LOOK DIFFERENT FROM WHAT I EXPECT YOU TO APPEAR That was before. Now, the first thing that comes in my mind – is he/she a food blogger? If yes, then it’s perfect. Both of us will click pictures of our food, tweet, share with our readers without the need to talk. If he/she is not a food blogger – well then efforts have to be made to resist my fingers from touching my smartphone

If you are still interested in the other members in our family, then here are two more bullet points –

  • The Z-Sisters will definitely order apple juices and when they are being served apple juices, THEY’LL START HANKERING FOR MANGO JUICES. SO EXPECT SOME POLITE SCUFFLE (read chit-chat) BETWEEN THE STEWARD/STEWARDESS AND US
  • S will necessarily DRINK BEER on the flight and catch up on MOVIES; if he falls asleep HE WILL DEFINITELY SNORE. If he’s awake and his co-passenger sitting next to him snores then HE WILL DEFINITELY GET IRRITATED AND GIVE HIM/HER HIS ‘HOW DARE YOU DO IT LOOKS’. Also, please remember that the Z-Sisters will definitely fight amongst themselves for the REMOTES, HANDSETS, COMFORTERS and constantly declare that THEY ARE HUNGRY OR THIRSTY OR THEY ARE GETTING PLAIN BORED

I love Art museums and hate children’s parks that have millions of rides. I refuse to pay for my headache as well as the roller-coaster rides and bumpy cars. Big Z hates them too. But, Li’l Z is gradually showing promising nerves – hence entertainment parks are probably future holiday destinations that can’t be ruled out for long.

S loves architectural ruins and historical places where you can still hear the cannons boom. His shopping will typically consist of local T-shirts with profanities written on them and he’ll cover himself up with jackets (even if it is boiling hot) so that Big Z can’t read them. He’ll also buy caps and spices or liqueur from the region that we are visiting. As for me, I will definitely buy junk jewelleries made locally and a cookbook on the local cuisine. Big Z will want to buy everything that she sees. And Li’l Z is yet to form her own shopping preferences is already following on Big Z’s footsteps – wanting to buy everything she sees, saying she ‘needs’ them.

How does Food come into the picture? Blame it on my Bengali genes, perhaps!

The most important companion in our travel is FOOD. It’s futile to even try justifying the highest expenditure in our holiday bills – our Food expenditure. The four of us can travel far and wide just to experience a particular culinary delight. What to eat and where to eat comes first in our holiday planning, followed by everything else. I make notes of all the special cuisine of each place we visit and S scours the local groceries or food markets for local spices of the particular region that we are visiting. Big Z loves to eat, likes experimenting with food (an update here… has started to show interests in cooking and baking).  Li’l Z loves to take everything on her plate!

This food fetish can be blamed on our inheriting the Bengali genes. Talking about myself – I am a true-blue Bengali or a Bong, a term that takes the Bengalis into the funky, ubér-cool category! Born and brought up for the most part in Kolkata in India, food has shaped my personality and my character. My Bengali genes are surely to be blamed for my relentless creative pursuits and my unsatiated taste-buds. I am glad to have found a food-mate in S, my Bong husband. And we are happy to have made our Bengali ancestors proud by passing on similar genes (atleast the ones that determine the taste buds) to the Z-Sisters.

Our food preferences are contradictory. S demands everything spicy while the Z-SISTERS demand everything mild but always insist on tasting Daddy’s food and end up coughing till they are almost choked. Though our food preferences are contradictory, eating is a therapeutic and a soulful experience for our family and it’s the most exciting conversation in our lives.

As for me – I’m a confused eater. Confused, because I don’t know what I love to eat, what to order (there are far too many food options available in this world) and I always like what others have ordered!

little hands, big hearth is our travel inspired experiments with FOOD

My childhood in Kolkata as well as setting up homes with S in different cities like Kolkata, Colombo, Frankfurt and Dubai – have shaped our cookings and moulded our taste-buds. Post holidays, we are on our own food trips at home – experimenting our newly acquired expertise on the local cuisine fused with our regular cooking, thus, inventing new dishes which are mostly eagerly anticipated by family and friends. Since we come from Bengal, India, there’s a lot of experiments on Bengali cuisine – both traditional and fusion. Also a whole lot of Filipino food (yes, that too!), courtesy my Lady Friday who hails from Bicol, a region in Philippines known for it’s spicy cuisine. And finally, I have to mention the sweet sigh off – the Desserts & Sweets. This is probably the most important food discussion in our family and amongst friends as Bongs are well-known for their sweet tooth (once Bengali Sweets were parcelled to our home in Dubai from our friends in Bangalore!

I am an independent Food & Travel Blogger, and my journey beyond

When I started this blog in October 2011, it was with the intention of sharing my personal food and travel stories with like-minded readers – I wanted to write. But down the line, I had started getting invites for food events, restaurant launches, food-tastings, to contributing recipes and food and travel write-ups in various media publications. All these took a lot of time away from my blog. Nowadays, I mostly accept invites where there are ‘no obligations what-so-ever to write’ and only if I can learn about something that I can share in my blog. If and only if something inspires me and I’ve had an experience that I want to share with my readers, I will write a post. I choose what posts to write and each post is based on my own experiences and and my own independent opinions.

Over these months, I’ve connected with many readers at a personal level and have had the opportunity to meet up with some of the leading food bloggers of this region (some international ones too), well known personalities in the food industry, chefs and celebrities – both virtually and otherwise. I’ve been enriched with these experiences, specially with the comments left by readers in my blog and in this blog. The blog has also had it’s little share of Print and Media Mentions. Although it’s the blog which connects me to people, it’s also given me the opportunity to explore beyond my blog in the following capacities:

As I Sign Off 

From the time I have started penning down our culinary and travel journeys, this blog has evolved, but hopefully the essence or the blog philosophy remains the same. Travel, Food and Photography are pure passions for me and I have taken lots of effort and time in trying to make the site visually stimulating. S and the Z-Sisters have also had to sacrifice a lot, along with my friends. ‘DON’T EAT before I take pictures!’ or ‘FREEZE the spoon in your mouth – that’s a perfect ice-cream dripping shot!’ or ‘Can you please cut my vegetables – your nails will look perfect in my photographs!’ are some of my requests that are most dreaded. So, please don’t use any image or the content unethically or without acknowledging. However, your suggestions to make the site more interesting are always welcome. Do introduce me to different links and sites which might be interesting for me to pin them on my Pin Board. If you wish to get in touch with me, please leave a message in my inbox here or mail me. All images (unless it is stated otherwise), content & graphics belong to IshitaUnblogged.

As we travel with bag and baggage, cookies and camera chargers, chomping away local savouries and penning down new recipes or making travel sketches in a big fat common note book, my trusted camera tries to ‘capture everything and every moment‘ a few memorable moments (after my spiritual transformation that I have mentioned earlier) – even the intangible ones – like the cold tickle in our toes while walking on the grass or the fire-alarm-provoking spunk-spice drifting out of my kitchen.

All these with two kids in tow!

Unblogging it all… Ishita

114 Comments on “About Me

  1. I’m excited to follow your blog! Loving all the pictures!

  2. Sounds like a fun life (and blog!) 🙂 The window seat’s all yours because I love aisle seats. Did you make the drawings on your banner and icons? They’re so charming.

  3. Thank you(I said it really funnily. Hope you could hear that!) Will make sure I have a Jar of salt with me when I’m travelling next – that way I’ll be assured of a hassle-free co-passenger. Yes, I did the drawings myself (earn a living doing Art Direction) for this blog(where I spend everything I earn by eating & travelling!). Hope our roads will cross more often on our food journeys!

  4. Hi Ishita,
    We always choose the window seats as well. Your blog has a very appealing design, kind of grabs you with its uniqueness. Excited to read more.


    • Oh Thanks – Am feeling so elated… Yeah! BTW, even if we chose the window seats we try to get out so many times onto the aisle as well since kids are either running to the washroom, or their legs are paining or just simply! Aren’t we a bit irritating?

      • Yes, you ARE irritating. Clearly, I’ve never met you and I’m judging you purely on your (choice of) words and “tone”. But since you’ve admitted to doing the same to people whom you merely SEE (“perhaps a potential blogger or not”) during your trips, I’m sure you wouldn’t mind me stating (with unforgiving certainty) that you ARE, IN FACT, very irritating. Being that you’re so openly bold and obnoxious; once again, I’m sure you won’t mind me adding that you are also very pretentious and self-absorbed. This, Ishita, IS who you are, unblogged.
        In case you are wondering, I came across your blog by “Googling” ‘Bengali Eid desserts. As I always do, I explore each link on the entire first page of search results. Your blog’s layout seemed pleasant. However, as I looked further, I felt disappointed by a sense of amateur-ness, made truly evident by your photos (although, pics would seem more fitting a label…but wait, let’s take a selfie! ugh). You embark on the travels and rather than appreciate the essence of where you are, for what it is – in all its subtleties, you reach for you camera, you think about your blog and social media. No picture can capture the way a soft breeze brushes your cheek as it dances from tree to tree; nor can it capture the tantalizing smell of a hot dish placed in front of you or the feeling you had as it magically caused you to salivate before even tasting a drop of it. Sadly Ishita, in a journey of discovery, you’re more lost than ever.
        I would like to be optimistic about you, perhaps I’m being too judgmental. But as I read about one of your travels I started to pick up on a rather off-putting tone and that’s when I decided to read “About you”. After reading that, I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to you – for warning me of you. I truly hope to NEVER encounter you during my travels; otherwise, both my husband (Mr. R) and myself would “necessarily” have to shoot ourselves in the head.

        • I am still trying to understand your comment – whether you are being malicious or doling out compliments – I had the choice of deleting your comment, but rather decided to approve it – so that there’s some conversation here.

  5. Thanks for coming by my blog Ishita so I could “find” you! How fun to find another fellow Bengali ~ who of course has a thing for food! I’m looking forward reading more of your blog and following along! Blessings, T

    • The feeling is very mutual… I loved your pics… BTW, I have been planning something whit egg curry for the Easters – lets see how to make it different… look forward to more..:)

      • Love your pictures as well. You’re like a uber professional. Mine are just with a basic point and shoot since cooking and the SLR doesn’t mix, with my luck I’ll drop it into a big pot of daal!

  6. I hope you qualify for the Award- it looks as if you may have many followers, but I love your blog so much I have passed along The Liebster Blog Award! I hope you enjoy receiving it as much as I have! Check out the link at http://www.thisamaceinglife.com–Cheers, Christina

    • Hey Christina! Thanks so very much – And a huge apology for replying so late – am travelling and in Nepal right now – hence just read your post. I’m so so so thrilled. THANK YOU once again!

  7. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog – I used to jostle with my siblings for the window seat but now I think I’m happiest with the aisle!

    The doodles are fantastic, they give the website such a personal touch. Let me know if Family Ishita ever stop by Hong Kong, I would be more than happy to lead you on a gastronomic tour. Hooray for Asian Awesomeness! 😀

    • A huge apology for such a late reply – am travelling and in Nepal right now. And THANK YOU FOR YOUR INVITE TO THE HONGKONG Gastronomic Tour – Hope you don’t regret having invited later once we actually land up!!!

  8. Hey though I blog under itiriti, we are name sake. Lovely blog Ishita. While riti is my nickname, I use Ishita for all my formal documents. Lovely blog. I love your writing style.

    • Thank you Ishita (felt slightly funny!) Itiriti – does it mean now Iti Riti (from Riti?) or Ishita’s Riti (Ishita’s Rules)???

      peeped into your blog as well – lot of food talk going on – we share more than just our names then, isn’t it?

  9. Ishita, amar blog e comment korar jonyo dhonyobaad 🙂 Bangali maanei food-obsessed, ei ethnic stereotype ta ami shompurno support kori, from personal experience. Kintu aapnar chhobi aar lekhar thekeo beshi bhalo laaglo apnaar header-image er doodle. Chomotkar! Apnaar nijer aaNka?

    Shubhechha neben, bhalo thakben 🙂

    • Priyanka – ami jodio bhishon boyoshko tobuo please ‘apni’ theke ‘tumi’-te shombodhon korle aaro bhalo lagbe. jodio ochena – tobuo. Doodle-ta amar nijer kora. ami chara nijeke eto bhalo kore chinbe ke bolo? (jodi ‘tumi’-te appotyi na thake!)

      Jodio amra dujone ekdom onyo bishoy-e likhchi aar bhabchi tobuo bhalo laglo tomar blog pore… aar bhalo lagbe ki niye bhabcho aar likhcho, ta porte:)

      • “Tumi” te oboshyoi kono apotti nei. Prothome “aapni” bolata onekta defensive, jodi tumi bolle keu kichhu mone kore!

        In many ways, I embody the *other* passion of Bengalis, politics, but I do write about food sometimes, too. Tomar email e linkta forward kore debo. I’d love to know what you think of it, as a fellow foodie 🙂

        • I’ll get your posts as I’ve started following your blog. It will be interesting to keep myself updated with the current Bengali Politics – ki bolo?

    • Oh Neilo thanks so much. I would love to reach out to people who are not even interested in travelling or food for that matter – the writing and the visuals should be stimulating enough. Do drop in more often – it will definitely make me happy. And don’t forget to leave a little comment – how else will I know?

    • Honoured! I am so glad that you think that I’m versatile. I’m not so sure about it though. The topics that I write about are ‘versatile’ – what do you say?

  10. wow..that’s definitely not “a bit” of introduction here..Great blog though..will be following!

  11. LOL! But you can’t complain. I have given the readers both the options – A ‘bit’ about me as well as a ‘bit more’ about me!!! And I’ve also mentioned that they won’t miss anything if they skip the later part:)

  12. You have such a wonderful blog with so many interesting things posted. Inspires me to have mines the same way. Keep on posting!

  13. Hi Ishita . Just saw your comment on my documentary page. there is a you tube like , two of them on the actual page which you can click play and watch. Enjoy,

    • Lara – just finished seeing your documentaries – really well documented. Am going to share this – loved the fact that it reflected very beautifully the intermingling of food and the culture of Jordan. Look forward to more like this:)

  14. Hehe, we are the same bunch of crazy people, except that we are Gujjus now in Dubai !!
    Obviously we do exactly the same kinds of things on a flight….

    Beautiful blog, I must say 🙂

  15. I came across here on account of Dima Sharif who called me about how taken she was with your blog. I must say that she was right on the money! I have meant to come over before having seen your comments on our blogs and fb but was pressed with urgency to do it now. In a word: Brilliant!

    • Thank you Rabin. Your links are not working – tried contacting you… how do you want me to share my travel experiences? Inbox me your email Id – I’ll get back to you:)

    • Apologies Anamika – missed out your comment and am feeling horrible since I’m very particular about replying back. Thanking so much – and look forward to you dropping in many more times…

  16. enjoyed reading this and glad to knwo more about u ..:)

    • Hey same here… can you give me your blog id – lonetrotter.com? I came back with a very sad feeling – only one lady at Territy Bazaar… look forward to your feedback (genuine)…

    • Thank you Jaajaabor. Absolutely honoured – apologies for the delayed response – summer holidays in Kolkata are to be blamed:(

  17. Ishita, didn’t know someone could write about herself SO MUCH! I spent more than 30 minutes reading your ‘about me’ page! And it IS interesting! Normally, when I write, I don;tlook at anyone else, but your style is appealing. Keep it up!!

    • Hi Amit. Thank you for such a memorable feedback. I could have written more but thought that would be threatening to all of you. I can understand your amusement and frustration – I hopped on to your blog and you don’t even have a single word written about yourself. So trust me to write something that should take 30 minutes to read. However, all’s well that ends well -I have gained a blog friend, I hope!

  18. I didn’t think I’d ever follow a blog after reading nothing but the ‘About’ section, but what do you know? It’s happened! 😀
    Loved reading A Bit More about you.. Now I shall go check out the rest of your blog.. 🙂

    • I’m honoured… hopped onto your blog as well… hmm loads of foodstuff going on there as well. Do drop in often:)

  19. I guess its what most people do when they bump onto someone’s blog, don’t they ? Read that about me, I mean 🙂 And I am glad I did.
    To say that I loved what you wrote above will be…well… an understatement 🙂 I have never seen such an elaborate description in quite some time.
    Will come around to read you up- in office at the moment 😦
    Have a good day Ma’m 🙂

  20. hi, read yr sandesh pudding recipe and I am planning to publish it in our website’s cuisine section, anticipating your formal ok. our site is http://www.betterbanglaus.com. you can also find us on facebook at Radio Better Bangla. thanx Rajib [rajib@betterbanglaus.com]

  21. Hi Ishita, your blog looks so interesting and beautiful. Would love to read your future posts. I am glad I just tumbled on your by mistake. I am happy to make this mistake.

  22. Interesting Blog reminds me of my previous Blog which has become s deserted land

  23. IshitaUnblogged I saw your post here: http://swatibansalrao.com/2013/02/04/gluten-free-orange-and-almond-cake-with-orange-scented-mascarpone/. You refer to people of the Jewish faith in a derogatory manner. Calling someone a “Jew” is a tone of disdain. Also you mentioned your Jewish “friend” wouldn’t eat at your house because of the utensils. Perhaps this is because they practice keeping kosher or it was Passover so the dishes are cha GED in a Jewish household. Before criticng another faith it would be helpful to learn about it.

    • Dear Randi. I apologise if I have hurt your sensibilities. I have been brought up in a very secular family and I am born a Hindu but we’ve had friends who belong to different religion. And we celebrate different festivals. If I have written a recipe that is traditionally enjoyed by Muslims so have I written about Christmas and also Bengali festivals that I’ve grown up experiencing. I didn’t criticise Jewish faith – I have many Jewish friends and all I have said is that they wouldn’t eat at our home because of the ‘utensils’ problem. In one of my post I’ve mentioned our staunch Veg friends for whom our freezer has a separate ‘veg’ section and ‘non-veg’ section. Have I criticised them or written about Marwaris (they are Marwaris coming from Rajasthan) in a bad light? https://ishitaunblogged.com/2012/10/07/baked-gulab-jamun-rabri/
      Look forward to your further reply. This blog is supposed to break all barriers, be non-judgmental or non-political, non-religious. I hope I’ve been able to explain myself to you.

  24. Hi Ishita, I really enjoy you’re blog content, it’s very beautiful and interesting. I also really appreacite your template layout the visual is very stimulating. That being said- is their any chance you would be willing to answer some questions regarding how you made your blog? Thanks and I look forward to more interesting posts on your blog. 🙂

    • Thank you Tania for your wonderful feedback. Of course I”ll be willing to share my answers regarding how I made my blog. I’ve personally asked bloggers, if I had liked some elements in their blogs. What would you like to know?

      • First off thank you so much for responding so quickly; clearly I can tell people from all over are posting, commenting, and asking you questions about your amazing content. What I wanted to know was how did you get those beautiful social media icons ( Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc ) on your home page then linked to each according account? I seem to have the same WordPress theme as you ” Intuit” but can’t seem to figure out how to display my social media icons on my home page or any other page for that matter and have the synced accordingly with each social media account…. Can you help me? – Tania

        • I made each one of the icons… can you please email me? I will be travelling end of this week and will be caught up very badly. Can you send me a reminder email in mid April and I’ll sit down, think it over and share the HTML coding with you. Mind you, I have no idea about any coding but I’ve racked the brains out of internet forums to get the effect that I’ve got. I’ve custom built it over months. On my own. Don’t hesitate to mail me in April and I shall definitely get back:)

          • Ok thank you so much. I will go ahead and email you; hopefully you will get caught up with work and I will be able to get some help from you mid April. In the meantime I will try to do some research and learn some coding. Thanks again. – Tania

  25. Since you like eating out in Dubai, I suggest you start using Forkly (https://forkly.com/).

    Forkly is a social network for rating restaurant dishes & posting photos of dishes. It’s like twitter/instagram for foodies!
    It’s an easy simple way to check out photos of what dishes people are eating around you & to easily recommend the dishes you love & discover new dishes/restaurant.

    It’s really fun! It is worth checking out. It is becoming really popular in Middle East, especially Dubai.
    And they have tools for bloggers like you: https://forkly.com/bloggers

    Here is their iPhone app to get started: http://itun.es/iSr4YS

    And keep up the great work with your blog!
    I hope to see you soon on forkly so I can follow you & see you tastes and ratings =)

    • Thank you so much Fatima for your warm feedback! I’ll be travelling next week, so once I’m back I’ll have to figure out… I need to understand how Forkly is going to help me. Usually most food review sites just ask bloggers to contribute. I’m already doing that for Zomato. It’s difficult since I spend so much time for my blog, I don’t have much spare time honestly!

  26. It has been a pleasure reading your Blog! I came upon it by chance, trying to locate old heritage houses of Kolkata.

    Your perception of Kolkata, its life, the nostalgic memories, all deeply resonate with the die hard Bong that I am!

    Best wishes. Indira

    • Thank you Indira for your lovely warm comment. I love Kolkata with all it’s idiosyncrasies. I’ve tried to capture that. Only you all will be able to tell me whether I’ve been successful in doing that. Look forward to seeing you hopping into my blog and your feedbacks.

  27. Ishita, I must add that your writing is absolutely brilliant!!

  28. Hello Ishita, I stumbled upon your blog and I must say that I liked it. Being a Bengali myself and a foodie one at that, I can connect with your thought process. Having said that, I am trying hard to make a collection of all those recipes/food that the previous generation(pre-partition, grandma/pa including our parents) ate and the method in which they were cooked (sans mixer-grinder, cooker) to be published in the form of a book, in English. Though I like clicking, but I am resource constrained and dont own a SLR to click the food I cook. Hence I was wondering if I can use help from fellow Bengalis who can cook and click both. The photo credits will belong to you and perhaps the thought of seeing your photos in a book excite you enough, like it does me. I meant to write this in an email but assuming it would take longer to first ask for an email id and then write….I chose to ask here, directly.
    Hoping to share more….

    • Thank you very much for your warm feedback and such a lovely comment. I don’ know why I didn’t come across your comment before – my sincerest apologies for such a delayed reply. For good photography, one needs to have an eye for photography and a passion and love for food. Whether it’s a SLR camera or a small digital camera – it hardly matters. What kind of book are you talking about? Do click the email button in the side bar and send me the details. Regards – Ishita

  29. loved the way you indite. Im a clixter-writer. Will be in UAE soon. Hope to connect

  30. Really good Stuff Ishita, I am a food photographer based out of Delhi. And looking for Stylists always. Would love to talk and collaborate. Have a look at the website to understand the clientelle and the Style of Photography. http://www.devagnsingh.in.


  31. This is going to be fun! I’ve just returned to Australia after living for several years in Sri Lanka, where food, for my friends is of paramount importance too. Look forward to joining you all 🙂

    • Good wishes to you! I am sure Srilanka has left quite an impression on you and your family, as it has on mine. Look forward to the blog interaction:)

    • Thank you so much for the invite. Unfortunately, I do not live in Kolkata. If there is a twitter hashtag, I could tweet about the Annual Bloggers meet. You can reach me on Twitter and facebook as @IshitaUnblogged. Regards – Ishita

  32. Hi chottuli!
    I came across this blog by chance and spotted bharatimashi. Thats when i read your entire blog…Hey thats a neat job youve done. Lets keep in touch. Take care. Mistu. (Ironside road).

    • Hi Mishtudi… it’s amazing how I am connecting to new people and reconnecting to people I have known before, through my blog! Absolutely would love to keep in touch – Bablanda and you are very dear to me. And thank you for such a warm feedback on my blog – it started off as a space to search for my own roots and now it’s taken me to such great heights and journeys – it’s incredible. I am on Facebook, but not much of my personal life – it’s all food and travel. How do we keep in touch?

  33. HI Ishita, had a good time reading your blog. Pretty interesting read 😉
    So ive been browsing through culinary and the f&b scene in India. Im working on a project which likely to take India by storm. Im in need of a liason in Mumbai and Delhi for the 1st stage of process.
    Do you mind if i could have your email add? Ill be able to brief you on the project and it would be awesome if you or someone could cook my team up with the relevant people.

    Appreciate the effort. Thank you and have a good day.

  34. Hello there Ishita 🙂 Thanks for sharing your great stories! You’re blog really inspiring. take care and regards, Karen

  35. Found your post on celebrating Ramadan in Kolkata when I was searching for information about it and loved the beautiful post and explored your blog a bit more . As someone who has been born and raised in Kolkata and a food enthusiast (or rather addict) as I call myself I completely understand how passionate you are about Kolkata and food. Your photographs are beautiful as is your style of writing. It would be nice to connect with someone who constantly uses the hand cream and has a travel itinerary. It just reminded me of my last trip to Lucknow. Keep posting.

  36. Hello Ishita, your blog is lovely and I loved it when u confessed that u always like what others have ordered at a restaurant. Coz thats what even i do, and end up embarrassing people around me. If you don’t mind can you please give me your email id so I can invite you over to my kitchen.

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