Siliguri to Sikkim: Bending it on the butterfly highway

There is more than one reason to travel to Sikkim, among New York Times’ 52 must visit locations for 2017. But the four-hour drive from Bagdogra airport in North Bengal to the state capital, Gangtok, itself makes for quite an experience. Gangtok may only be 120 kms away but the ever-towering Himalayan terrain keeps car…

RACHNA- CAFE FICTION- BOOKMAN BNB

When you visit Gangtok you will usually be first directed to M.G. marg, the main town area that will fulfil all your needs from all kinds of shopping, to money withdrawal or exchange, to beauty parlours and spas to various kinds of eateries. This is the main hub of urban Gangtok life. However, it can…

5 am in Gangtok

5 AM in Gangtok, There is something about it – The air travels all the way from Khangchendzonga, The five repositories of great snow Gently kiss Tsho Lhamu, Bringing Gurudongmar to life, And caressing bodies like mine lost deep in their dreams, Activating all elements and senses bringing Denjong alive we are all awake. I…

Singing in the streets of Sikkim

A mild breeze, a distant ravine flowing meditatively, punctuated by the melodious chirping of the birds – this eargasmic experience is maybe what welcomes you to the state of Sikkim. However, as the night falls, that ambient music transforms into something entirely different. From the boardwalk of MG Marg to the rundown streets of a…

Gambling- a cultural enterprise

“Eyes up, hands down”- and so it begins. The tension is palpable around, as a man rhymes pithy sayings and trite one-liners to reveal numbers. A common sight at an annual gathering of people at the terrace of Kanchendzonga Shopping Complex for Tambola (a variant of Bingo). The man on the mic could get away…