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A Taste of Goa

In the month of April, 2014,  I visited Goa for the first time and that too primarily to attend the marriage of a friend. Before then, whenever I used to tell some friends that I had never been to Goa, they would give me a look as if I had committed a crime of not visiting Goa before! Goa is known primarily for it’s serene beaches and an active party life. Beyond that, there’s another part of Goa – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of  Churches and Convents of Goa, the greenery of the Western Ghats and a laid-back lifestyle. However, this post is focussed on a few Goan dishes that I had managed to sample during that visit. Goan cuisine is essentially an extension of the cuisine of the Konkan coast of India. Broadly speaking, the cuisine falls into two categories : Hindu cuisine and the Catholic cuisine. Since I had tried a fair bit of Konkan cuisine  before, this time I tried to sample a bit more of the Catholic cuisine . From the beginning of …

Nagaland (Land of Festivals : Day 0)

The state of Nagaland is just next door to my native state (Assam) – tucked away from ‘mainland’ Indian territory closer to the country of Myanmar) However it has been relatively unknown territory for me as I have only passed its commercial capital Dimapur couple of times before on the train from Guwahati to Jorhat (tea town of Assam and place of my maternal relatives). There has been a long ‘head-hunting’ tradition among the tribes of Nagaland but this practice has been banned for sometime. Also this state has a long history of a bitter ‘separatist’ movement  which of course has been witnessed in many other parts of India. However, I would prefer not to go ‘political’ here and would rather want to concentrate on one of the most photogenic tribal festivals ever in India (and maybe the world!) – The Hornbill festival and also on the beautiful hill city of Kohima. The Hornbill Festival has been organized in Kisama Heritage Village (some 10-15 km away from Kohima town) for more than a decade. The main …