Author: Sarika Sarkar Das

Uncertainties of Life, its Celebrations, and Yummy Pantua

Reading Time: 2 minutesLife is full of uncertainties. Some of our friends leave early. But, life moves on. The show must go on, it’s said. Life’s celebrations are often sweetened by our favourite sweets. Sarika shares the recipe of Pantua, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Our life is on an uncertain journey in an uncertain […]

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Of Durga Puja, Wedding and Yummy Radhaballabhi

Reading Time: 4 minutesRadhaballabhi makes Sarika nostalgic. She recalls foodie Bengalis enjoy these and other eatables during Durga Puja. Interestingly, it brings back memories of her wedding. Read more, including its recipe, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. It is an open secret that Bengalis are foodies. And Durga Puja is a perfect example. Recently, we […]

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Man Creates God in Kumortuli

Reading Time: 2 minutesSarika reminisces about Durga Puja in Assam, where she grew up. She recalls a visit to Kumortuli, the potters’ colony, inhabited by the idol makers for ages. They live in abject poverty, in dark, narrow alleys but this is a place where men create Gods, says she, in the special feature, exclusively in Different Truths. […]

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Usher in the Durga Puja with Kesar Kjoya Sandesh

Reading Time: 2 minutesSarika ushers in the autumnal festivities and Durga Puja with a favourite Bengali sweet, Sandesh, with an innovative twist, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  These days I see a bright blue sky with a nice gentle breeze. As rain just over, and the left over clouds are hovering above the open fields and […]

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Bengali Cuisine: Stuffed Teasel Gourd Fritters, Delicious Accompaniment with Dal-Bhat

Reading Time: 2 minutesSarika shares a delicious dish from Bengali cuisine, stuffed teasel gourd (Kakrol) fritters that are a hit with dal-bhat (lentil and rice), in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. I cook two meals for two almost every day, and also at least once in two weeks I like to try something innovative which is […]

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No Independence Celebrations Day in Assam: Are we Truly Liberated?

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen the whole nation is decked up in tricolor, saffron, white and green, Assam is terribly silent. It observes bandh, year after year. The saddest part of it is that even small children are deprived of enjoying the I-Day celebrations. They are learning a complete wrong lesson about India’s independence. Here’s an eye-opening report by […]

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Healthy and Wholesome Mutton Dopyaja

Reading Time: 2 minutesSarika shares the recipe of healthy and wholesome Mutton Dopyaja, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Mutton is a most beloved dish in almost every Bengali household. Though many different types of recipes are there for mutton curry, manghso er jhol with bhat (rice) is a never failing dish in any Bengali family. I used to wonder […]

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Lotus Eaters: Delicious Honey Chilli Lotus Stem

Reading Time: 2 minutesBengalis are obsessed with food. They make almost everything worth eating. Sarika shares the recipe of lotus stem, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. There is a saying, we Bengalis eat to live and live to eat. We are connected globally with a common thread, food. In fact, food is always on Bengalis’ minds. We […]

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Breakfast like a King with Savoury Indian Pancakes

Reading Time: 2 minutesOur Hyderabad-based Foodie, Sarika, shares the recipe of yummy and wholesome, Indian pancakes, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper,” is a well-known adage that I religiously follow. For me, breakfast is the mother of all meals, so I hardly skip […]

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Yummilicious Mango Payesh: A Summer Treat for Family and Friends!

Reading Time: 2 minutesMango is the religion during Indian summer, everywhere there are mangoes, from sweets to savoury. Many places in India also celebrate Mango festivals. India is blessed with varieties of mango, it is a high a calorie seasonal fruit. Sarika shares a Mango dessert, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths. Payesh aka kheer (pudding) […]

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