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July 23, 2014

India I: tourist attire

top: asos, skirt: random street market, shoes: birkenstock, sunglasses: anthropologie

Hello, namashkar. I'm officially back from India. The past three weeks have been one long blur of sweets, street markets, sari shopping, endless mosquito bites, and sweltering heat. All while wearing my might-as-well-be-official uniform of birks + maxis and snapping a hundred quadrillion photos.

While taking these hundred quadrillion photos I didn't really have blogging in mind, so I'm not sure how I'll be organizing the ones I want to post. To take it one day at a time, literally, here are a group of photos from a day in Kolkata. Sometime in the afternoon we went to the Victoria Memorial and roamed around its gardens. Thanks to my mom for taking these shots of me there!

On the way home we stopped by Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick-- a popular (and delicious) sweet store. They had everything from classic bengali sweets, such as a colorful assortment of sandesh, to various cakes, to kulfi! While I didn't try any of their cakes/ non-Indian desserts, I can attest that all the sweets we bought were quickly devoured within a day or two.

Later that night, we had dinner at Fire & Ice, an Italian restaurant located off of Russel St. I've never been to Italy so I can't really say I've eaten 100% authentic Italian food, but I think growing up in Jerz and eating at countless Italian joints in NYC means my taste buds are well acquainted with the cuisine. While the food at this restaurant was good, I would not say it was authentic by any means. But if you happen to be in Kolkata, and have an Italian food craving, it's a solid choice.

July 06, 2014

Back from Agartala

Hello, hello people of the internets. It's been a while since I've blogged. In fact, this is the first time I'm using the internet in around a week. I don't even know when the last time I didn't use my phone or the internet for an extended period of time was. I know there are some people who find this "unplugging" as some sort of spiritual awakening or something... But for me it was just... Eh. Besides from a few moments where I wanted to send a text of something funny that happened to a friend or a picturesque shot to Instagram, I didn't miss out on much. Here are a few shots from Agartala + my first day back in Calcutta. Now I'm back on my Instagram grind @sharmtoaster.

June 29, 2014


Rather than try to import my photos from my camera to ipad and somehow edit them, I figured I would post some Instagram photos along the way-- then deal with the photos I'm taking with my actual camera when I'm back home.

We've finally been in Kolkata for a day, and it's a type of heat like no other. If you didn't know, Kolkata is located near the Bay of Bengal. It's crazy humid, especially in the summers. For instance right now it's around 90 degrees, but with the humidity it makes it feel like it's over 110 degrees!! The day we landed the humidity was at a whopping 98%!

Just getting here took around 24 hours. We left our house in New Jersey around 3 pm on the 26th and arrived in Kolkata around 4 am on the 28th. We had a stopover in Brussels, and while I'm bummed we didn't get to explore the city for a day, I was excited to find that they sell Belgian chocolates at the airport!

So here are some pictures from the journey here, and from my first day in Kolkata. I was planning on posting it earlier, but I was so pooped from traveling and jet lag that I fell asleep in my clothes as soon as we got in yesterday.

I'll be posting more frequently on my Instagram: @sharmtoaster. Till next time!