India II: the beginning

Here's installment number two of my India photos, taken during the first few days of my trip in Kolkata. The photos are mostly from various markets + the journey to and from our shopping trips. Hopefully later on I can pull together a post organizing photos of all my favorite sites in Kolkata. As a shopaholic, the various street markets were amongst my favorites ;)

Also are some pictures my mom took of me on the roof of my cousins' flat. I really wasn't kidding when I said I stuck to a uniform of birks & maxis. While I wore this dress in school with some strappy, flat sandals-- the birks allowed me to comfortably roam the streets of Kolkata.

dress: free people, scarf: urban outfitters, shoes: birkenstocks

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.

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.

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