Exploring the Real Explorer of the movie “Praktan”

The character of Prosenjit in the film "Praktan" was role modeled to a considerable extent on Ritwick Ghosh of "Calcutta Walks"

The character of Prosenjit in the film “Praktan” was role modeled to a considerable extent on Ritwick Ghosh of “Calcutta Walks”

There was widespread talk in different communities of Kolkata before and after the release of the movie “Praktan”. The superstar of contemporary Bengali cinema, Prosenjit was again acting in a movie with another celebrated heroine of Bengali cinema – Rituparna Sengupta. They were last seen together in a movie 14 years ago. Being a huge successful pair on the silver screen, fans were thrilled with the prospect of viewing the star pair together again. The duo of Nandita Roy and Shiboprosad Mukherjee fulfilled the wish of the fans.

This post is not about the film. This is about the real-life character on whom Prosenjit’s  role in the film was based to a considerable extent.

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How Social Media is Promoting Offbeat Travel Destinations in India

A Travel Destination is boosted by its Social Media Presence

A Travel Destination is boosted by its Social Media Presence


I have always maintained this opinion that whenever you are looking for a travel destination which has all amenities that your heart desire, be careful that you are actually running from one crowd to another. The more facility a place provides, chances are you will get more crowds there.

However, the latest craze in the tourism sector in India is visiting off-beat destinations rather than the popular one. There were always a few takers preferring unknown hamlets, but in recent times, the numbers have increased. What more interesting is apart from backpackers and couples, tourists with all family members are opting for such places. There was a time when information of lesser known travel destinations used to spread mainly through word of mouth. Families rarely opted to such destinations because they had no clear idea about the amenities available at  these places. After all, word of mouth from one or two travelers could not paint a clear cut picture of these destinations.

In recent times, the same old school of the word of mouth is playing a big role in promoting offbeat destinations in India. Today word of mouth literally does not mean only “words” only. It means lots of other things. That is where social media is playing a big role.

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Unseen India

There is a basic difference between ‘Unseen’ and ‘Undiscovered’. ‘Undiscovered’ places are practically not known to the world. However, ‘Unseen’ places are those which we have heard of but those which do not fall in our primary list of travel destinations. In our typical holiday destinations we expect an excellent lodging facility, decent food, good transportation and of course variety of shopping possibilities. In negotiating these primary needs, we often forget to decide about our holiday destinations with an open mind.

After all why do we go for holidays? Obviously we take holidays to go away from the daily routine and the crowd. Little do we realise that at the time of deciding for a destination with excellent facilities, we are actually going from one crowd to the other.

In this blog I will share my experiences of traveling to some interesting “Unseen” places in India.