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Delhi Food Walks is organizing an event at Nomadic Haat on Nov 22, 2015

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Here is an email that I have received. foodies will love it…..Regards….KJS Chatrath


Visit ‘Zaika-e-Dilli’ (Taste of Delhi) on November 1,2015- K.J.S.Chatrath


I am sharing below an email received by me.

I wish I were in Delhi!

Bon apetit!

Regards…………………………KJS Chatrath


12194911_957421104341771_2319566634092993745_o 640 40“Dear all,

Greetings for the day!


We would like to cordially invite you to ‘Zaika-e-Dilli’, a one day street food festival that promises to serve you the finest delicacies from different parts of the capital.

By bringing together music, art and games with exquisite street delicacies, the event is a celebration of our love for food.


Please find below the details of the event:


Date: 1st November, 2015

Venue: PSOI Club, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi

Timings: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

 Facebook event page-

Hope to see you at the event!

Warm Regards,

Anubhav Sapra
Founder, Delhi Food Walks​

‘Subarnapur (Sonepur) in Odisha & the burning of Lanka (Lankapodi) by Lord Hanuman’ – K.J.S.Chatrath

As every year, Dussehra festival with the burning of the statues of Ravana etc was celebrated recently in various parts of the country. It signifies the victory of good over evil, though one knows that it does not always happen like that in real life. In some areas of the country Ravana is not considered a manifestation of evil. But here one is going to present a slightly different aspect.

Generally Sri Lanka (earlier Ceylon) is considered as the Lanka mentioned in the Ramayana. I came across an interestingly different viewpoint on this in a part of Odisha. Subarnapur is a district in Odisha which was, till sometime back called Sonepur. The headquarter of this district is a small town called Subarnapur (Sonepur). This town is situated on the banks of the mighty river ‘Mahanadi’. The river is so wide here that it gives the impression of a sea.

07sonepur 180 100 I had the occasion of visiting it and staying there many times during my service tenure in Odisha, including a few times when the legendry IAS officer Saroj Jha, (presently Regional Director of World Bank in Central Asia) was the District Magistrate & Collector.


This small statue has solid legs and body, face with moustaches and a necklace with a pendant around the neck and matching ear studs.

camp hanuman gujarat 480 40The conventional depiction of Lord Hanuman. The above is photo of a statue from Gujarat.

I came to know that the view here is that this town is the real Lanka mentioned in the Ramayana. Dr H.D. Sankalia, professor emeritus at Pune University, Dr N.K. Sahu, Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Orissa and Dr S.C. Behera, head of the department of history, Sambalpur University, are convinced that the mythic Lanka and India’s southern neighbour are two different places. The team is working on the theory that Ravana’s ancient kingdom could be located somewhere in central India, most probably in western Orissa. “There is prima facie evidence to prove this,” Dr. Behera has asserted. (‘Sonepur: Digging up a new Lanka: Not Sri Lanka, but Sonepur in Orissa is the Lanka of Ramayana: Archaeologists’, by Farzand Ahmed)

Residents of Sonepur town celebrate, what is locally called ‘Lankapodi’ or burning of Lanka every year. It is celeberated on the new moon day of the lunar month of Bhadraba to mark the event of Lord Hanuman’s raid on the kingdom of Ravana. This day falls somewhere in the month of August.

032 580 40This statue has hollow legs and body, face with moustaches and a necklace around the neck

People buy clay monkey idols either from the markets or Kumbharpada, the potters’ locality. During one of my visits I too went to Kumbharpada and bought some of these clay statues.

079 580 40Terracotta artisan Ananta Rana explained in an interview to The Telegraph, ” Earlier we used to make the idols in traditional style, but now we have adapted to the demands of time. We dust them with powdered mica to give them a sparkling look. Some are smaller, with legs of solid clay rather than hollow tubes.”


Children would pull a rope attached to the idols and bring them on the streets.
At nightfall, the tails of the idols are wrapped with old clothes and a container attached to the tip is filled with oil and set on fire.


“With so many burning Hanuman idols across the town, one would get an illusion of Lanka burning. As the night wears on, acrobats and gymnasts perform on the streets. The sense of adventure and festivity is contagious,” said historian Sudam Naik, who has authored several books on Sonepur’s history. This ritual traces its roots to 8th century.


The monkey images are finally taken to the courtyard of the temple of Goddess Somalai and broken early the next morning. “This follows a pan-Indian practice of invoking supernatural presence to inhabit a clay image and then, after the dramatic ritual, destroying the inert body,” Naik said. Clay images of Hanuman, whose burning of Lanka is annually celebrated in Sonepur is a queintessential example of folk art , some experts have opined. (South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India by Peter J. Claus, Sarah Diamond, Margaret Ann Mills. …page 199.)


Witnessing the annual ‘Lankapodi’ festival in Subarnapur is yet another reason for tourists to visit  Odisha.



(Text with inputs from the internet, especially 3 news reports from The Telegraph, Kolkata-;; .)


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A Special Rangoli Demo and Workshop at Pune this weekend

A Special Rangoli Demo and Workshop this weekend

‘Travel agents in Arunachal Pradesh, India’ – K.J.S.Chatrath

BuddhaTwang appaji 640 40Buddha statue in Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh. Wikipedia photo by Appaji

Here is a list of Travel Agents in Arunachal Pradesh.

Abor Country Travels Expedition
B Sector Itanagar,
Arunachal Pradesh
PIN: 791111.
+91 360 2292969
Mobile: 9436053870, 9436860903
Skype: Abor Country
E-Mail: [email protected], [email protected]

BAC Voyagers
Director: – Bengia Mrinal (Bully)
P-Sector Nirjuli, District Papumpare
Arunachal Pradesh- 791109
Contact: – +913788-224355
Mobile: + 91 9436633680; +91 8575186386
E-mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

Duyu tours and Travels
Vivek Vihar college road Itanagar,
Arunachal Pradesh.
Mobile no. 9436044905
E-Mail: [email protected]

Himalayan Holidays
(A unit of Arunachal Holidays & Resorts Pvt Ltd)
Shri Tsering Wange (Managaing Director)
ABC-Buiding Main Market,
Bomdila -790001 Arunachal Pradesh
Tel: +91 3782-222017/222216/223818
Mobile: 9436045063/9436222905
Itanagar: 9402257638 Tawang: 9436248216
E-Mail: [email protected]
Website: www.himalayan

Gibbon Travels
JK Riba, Managing Director
Behind ICICI Bank, Ess Sector Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh,
Mobile no: 9436044069.
Tel no: 0360 2291181
E-Mail: [email protected]

Brahmaputra Tours
Koj Mama, Managing Director
C H Road Hapoli,
P.B No. 27
Ziro- 791120
Arunachal Pradesh, India
Mobile no: 9436634496/8575248013
Tel no: 03788-224905/2241931
E-Mail: [email protected]; [email protected]

M/S Border Trek and Services
Contact Person. Mr. Kormo (MD)
Near. APSTS. Bus Station Gate # 2. Itanagar
RK Mission Hospital Road. Arunachal Pradesh (India)-791113.
Phone: – 0360-2217534(O). Airport Assist # 08014699820, Emergency Number 9436040912
Mobil: – 08014699820, 09436040912.
Email: – [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
Website: –

M/s Northeast Explorer,
Mr. Tuki Jonkey
Vivek Vihar, College Road Itanagar.
Arunachal Pradesh. PIN: 791111
Mobile no: 9436635125
E-Mail: [email protected]


A1 Travel Management (Unit of Liza World Travel Private Ltd) Registered Office:
Mayu II Roing, Dist: Lower Dibang Valley
Arunachal Pradesh,
Pin: 792110.
E-Mail: a1travelmanagement, [email protected]
Phone no. 03803-2222110/2222227
Mobile no: 9436095632
Branch Office:
Flat no. S-3 Plot, Plot no. 255,
Niti Khand -2 Indira Puram, Delhi NCR Gaziabad : PIN: 201010
Mobile no: 09891150059/09818339869
E-Mail: [email protected]/[email protected]
M/s Mercy Tours and Travels
K.C Shopping Complex, Zero Point,
Opposite BSNL Office, Itanagar
District: – Papumpare, Arunachal Pradesh
Pin: – 791111
Contact: – +91 9436200796; +91 9612322035
E- mail: – [email protected]

Boni Tours Travels
Mr Bhokta Newar / Mrs Boni Ania
(Government Recognized and Approved Tour Operator)
F-Sector, Boa House,
Post Box No. 268,
Arunachal Pradesh,Itanagar
Pin Code 791111, India
Contact no:
Mobile: +91 9436048933, +91 8974128755, +91 9402255621
E-mail: [email protected]

Patkai Tours and Travels
Nyelai Naam, Managing Director
Mobile no: 9436051267, 9862162539
E-Mail: [email protected]

M/s GO Arunachal
Managing Director: Jebing Pertin
District Dibang Valley
P.O/ P.S:- Roing, Pin- 792110
Contact Details: – Mobile: 9402492009, 9402396069
E-Mail: [email protected]

Eastern Frontier Tours and Travels
Reg. Office:
Ganga Market, R.K Mission, Itanagar -791113

Branch Office:
BC-35, Salt Lake, Sector- I (Nr Island # 03) Kolkata- 700064)
Mobile: +91 9436055763
Ph: +913364218227/987452283/990330311(Kolkata Contact)
Fax: +91 33 2590-6583

Arunachal Tours and Travels
Naharlagun, E Sector
E-mail: – [email protected]
Mobile No.: -+91 9612249912, +91 9615288033, +91 9862830513

M/s Arunachal Tours and Expeditions
Contact Person- Mr. Chuku Taki
ESS Sector, Itanagar
District: Papumpare, Arunachal Pradesh
Pin: 791111.
Mobile No: +91 9615288033; +91 9612249912
E-mail: [email protected];
Website: –

Tribal Adventure Tours
Managing Director: -John Panye
Borum Village, Naharlagun
Pin: – 791110
Arunachal Pradesh, India.
E-Mail:- [email protected]; [email protected]
Contact No: – +91 9436252013; +91 08414080717
+91 360 2247422


Rang- Farah Tour & Travels Pvt. Ltd
Head Office Changlang
Branch Office: Itanagar, F- Sector
Contact No: – +91 360 229231/+91 9436072443
E-mail: – [email protected]

Eastern Safari Tour & Travels
Head office Nitivihar, Itanagar
Branch Office: – Tezu, Lohit District
Arunachal Pradesh.
Contact No: – +91 9436097433
E-mail: – [email protected]

North East Discovery
Nehru Complex, Vivek Vihar.
Itanagar, District Papumpare
Arunachal Pradesh.
Website: –;
E-mail: – [email protected], [email protected]
Contact No: – +91 9402618349

M/S Northeast Adventure
Shri Michi Rajen
Tintin House, Near PWD S.E. Office Mob-II
Itanagar District, Papumpare, Arunachal Pradesh.
Tel No: 0360-2291256
Contact No: – +91-9436251191(M)
E-mail: – [email protected]
[email protected]



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Readers are strongly advised to cross check the information and satisfy themselves fully before taking any action.

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‘Introducing “RedCooker” of Bengaluru’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

What does a brilliant IIT Mumbai & IIM Lucknow alumni Rohan Patnaik, who loves pure mathematics, squash and is a food connoisseur, do when he wants a change? Convinces his equally brilliant friends Raghunandan B. & Amol Patil and the three get into the business of food (

Thus was born RedCooker: logoIt is an ap that lists out dishes from domestic kitchens and makes them reach its customers.

12183778_1665670407041608_2088598011822487685_o 580 50Aloo Paratha served with Curd and Pickle.

12186847_1665670007041648_8902195167041339972_o 580 50Andhra style Tomato Pappu with Green Chutney, Rice and Payasam

12183846_1665670083708307_7126955912452118476_o 580 50Ajwain Parathas served with dry Aloo Jeera Sabzi and Lahsoon ki Chatni on the side

12186290_1665670177041631_5411150181968841284_o 580 50Traditional Rajasthani style Gatte ki Sabzi served with Phulkas (3nos).

These people at RedCooker share with us what a wise guy once said “There is no love more sincere than love for food”. And RedCooker agrees to this. Not only does RedCooker love food, it also likes to share that love too. It was this love that prompted this troika to start cookin’ with RedCooker.

69059d6681264730afd8f7c209e4d5d0-1080x720 580 50Chicken sauteed in Black pepper, served with Cocktail Dip and Kimchi

fb494506d0364d4fbc540cc1aee25771-720x480 - Copy 580 50Italian Chicken Pasta Salad: Penne, Chicken, fresh vegetables combined with a light Italian Dressing.

07b1f990a3114656ba83f0689dd55cf5-720x480 580 50Coq Au Vin : Chicken braised with Mushrooms and Onions in Port Sauce.

Their website ( explains: “We bring gourmet & home food to your doorstep through our android app and website. Our gourmet meals are prepared by experienced Chefs in FSSAI licensed kitchens. Our home food, though prepared in our HomeChef’s kitchen carries an authentic taste and a commitment to quality. All our food is prepared under strict quality control with the right balance of taste and nutrition.”

I have not yet had the chance of trying out the dishes of RedCooker, but if the photos above are any indication, I am going to love the RedCooker. Alas presently this privilege is limited to residents of some areas of Bengaluru only! Check up the website to see if your area falls within the lucky zone.

Give it a try.

Bon apetit!

(Text based on inputs from the website of RedCooker. Source of photos: RedCooker’s website)

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“Explore the Art and Bazaars of Pune this Diwali”, suggests K.J.S.Chatrath


Visiting/staying in Pune? Take a look at the following invitation.

Regards.   KJS Chatrath


“Explore the Art and Bazaars of Pune this Diwali.

5 Quick Tips For Taking Better Travel Photos By Majella Grawatsch



Take a look at a short great article on how to take better travel photographs by Majella Grawatsch (source: [email protected]com)

Regards………….KJS Chatrath


“5 Quick Tips For Taking Better Travel Photos

These days you don’t need to be a professional photographer to capture a really good photo. Here are 5 quick tips that will help you take better travel pictures:

1. Get…closer

chinese warrior closer view

Move closer to your subject. Closer, closer… Now get even closer. Of course you can crop pictures later, but it’s much easier to get a great shot when your subject is really obvious. Like in-your-face obvious. If you get closer, you’ll be less likely to have a background filled with telephone wires, photo-bombers and other stuff that gets in the way of a great picture.

Taking things a little bit more seriously? Check out the Wildlife Photography, Brazil tour: 14 days, 4 destinations from €3,172.

2. Try different angles

Move to the right, then to the left. Check if you can get your shot in a reflection. Don’t feel like you need to shoot everything straight on. Beauty comes with a little perspective, and angles make photos more interesting.

Think you’ve got what it takes to go pro? Check out the Bolivia and Chile Altiplano Photography Safari: 10 days, 3 destinations from €4,252.

3. Experiment with your subject

Hiking with mountain and glacier

Play around with the placement of your subject. It doesn’t always have to be smack-dab in the center of the photo. Shooting the subject to one side of the photo helps the viewer take in the whole scene.

Ready for the next level? Check out the Bolivia and Chile Altiplano Photography Safari: 10 days, 3 destinations from €4,252.

4. Frame your subject

explorer tunnel

Find a tree branch, or a bridge, or a bigger building, or practically anything that will naturally frame your shot, so that the object you’re shooting will pop.

Ever wanted to photograph the Northern Lights? Check out the Autumn Caribou & Northern Lights Photo Safari: 7 days, 2 destinations from €4,519. 

5. Finally, put your camera down!

camera down monkey

Don’t try to take pictues of everything, just because you have a new 128GB memory card in your camera. You won’t be able to record everything, and while you stare through the viewfinder, you’re missing what’s happening right in front of you!

‘FRENCH BOX by Cafe’ Noir’ …….. K.J.S.Chatrath

landing_french_food 640 95This is share the news of a new service introduced in Bengaluru  by ‘Cafe’ Noir’.

A recent Press Release informs that Café’ Noir Bengaluru has introduced an on-line subscription service for its French delicacies- FRENCH BOX by Café’ Noir. It comprises of products ranging from croissants and macrons to quiches and baguettes. For subscribing go to:

A brief background about ‘Cafe’ Noir’. Café Noir is an up-market French restaurant with elegant design, carefully selected music  and situated on a large open terrace in Bengaluru. It claims to represent the “French Art de Vivre” offering a little affordable luxury, all along the day, with a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. One may like to discover French quality food and everything for the sweet tooth from breakfast to dinner in this Cafe’.

Café Noir Restaurants in Bengaluru are at:

The Collection – U B City Mall,
Unit No 206, The Collection, U B City No 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru – 560001
Opening Hours: From 10AM to 11.30PM – 7 days on 7

Phoenix Marketcity Mall
Bengaluru (East), Mahadevpura, Near Krishnarajapuram Flyover, Bengaluru – 560 048
Opening Hours: From 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM – 7 days on 7

Orion Mall at Brigade Gateway
Brigade Gateway 26/1, 80 Feet Road (Dr Rajkumar Road), Malleswaram – Rajajinagar, Bengaluru – 560 055,INDIA Ph No: +91 80 6728 2222
Opening Hours: From 11.00 AM to 11.00 PM – 7 days on 7

Contact Info:

FRENCH BOX by Café Noir
Louis-Vincent Ledoux
+080 4093 9913

I have not yet visited Cafe’ Noir or tried their new service. If you have, you could share your experiences here.

‘Visiting Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

dsc00054-420-50-rotiChappati served to me in dinner in AC First Class in Hazrat Nizamuddin-Chennai Duronto Express- Shame on you Indian Railways!

lalbagh-bangalore-jan-12-2014-065-420-50Starbucks? You must be joking …This is the real thing- MTR coffee in silver tumblers on a Sunday morning after a Green walk in Lalbagh, Bengaluru….

sarvanbelgola-halebid-belur-14-1-2014-029-420-50Start of 660 stairs up to the Gomateshwara statue at Sarvan Belgola…yesterday I climbed these up & then climbed down….But today my legs are unbelievably stiff and paining….

sarvanbelgola-halebid-belur-14-1-2014-205-420-20Halebid temple, Karnataka..12th-13th century AD. Talking about 55 year old Chandigargh as a heritage city is a joke.

vivtoria-bangalore-16-1-2014-066-420-50Saw a garbage heap just 50 ft. from this statue in Bengaluru.
Of course we are not amused!

pav-vada-21-1-2014-012-420-50A quick ‘vada pav’ of Pune before going to take the train to Jabalpur…the next stop on my Bharat Darshan….

mahabaleshwar-20-1-2014-032-420-50 Need I say more?

21-1-20-pune-006-420-50Deccan Gymmkhana, Mahabaleswar. I could only watch it in awe from the outside… …

bhel-pune-21-1-2014-005-420-50And what did I do on reaching the Pune railway station? Located an empty seat (not easy) and sat under a fan….ZZZZZ…till I saw something and then I could not resist myself-Bhelpuri...


Stunning Seth Gokul Das Dharamshala in Jabalpore….
1620959_10152173076047726_4vidson 420 90Smiling heartily for a change…in Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.

Travelling in Karnataka, I missed something- “lohri”…’sundar mundariyay…..’

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