Kolkata To Host Literature Festival Based Only On ‘Mishti’ (Sweets), Qatar announces year-long extension of Hayya Card validity for hassle-free travel and more in top stories of the day.
Kolkata to host Literature Festival based only on Sweets
Sweets have always been an integral part of Bengal’s life and culture; it has found wide mention across various cultural genres, from literature to cinema. Whether it is a debate over who invented the rosogolla or which shop makes the tastiest sandesh, the sweetmeat known as mishti is a source of pride, fond memories, and fierce debates among Bengalis both in Bengal and beyond. And the Jugal’s Literature Festival in Kolkata seeks to bring together the love for sweets into one single event.
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The festival, curated by legacy Kolkata sweetmaker Jugal’s, will be held on 11-12 February at the iconic 19th-century Town Hall in Kolkata and is open to all with registration required for some workshops. It will feature a series of panel discussions, open house forums, art and photo exhibitions, spoken word performances and workshops—centred around all things mishti. There will also be demonstrations on sweet making with just two ingredients—milk and sugar and tastings to explore the varied textures of mishti. Apart from creating an archive, the Jugal’s Literature Festival will also launch a geo-mapping project for every mishti shop across West Bengal, starting with Kolkata. For registration and other details see here
Qatar announces year-long extension of Hayya Card validity for hassle-free travel and more in top stories of the day.
In a recent development, Qatar has shared two major travel policy updates for travellers visiting the country. The nation has also announced the extension of Hayya Card validity till January 24, 2024. This means that those who have already obtained a Hayya Card for the recently concluded FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, will still be able to enjoy a free multiple-entry permit to Qatar, and also use the e-gate system at state ports.
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Travellers will be required to fulfil certain conditions to avail the features of the said card, such as providing proof of hotel reservation or accommodation with family or friends approved via the online Hayya Portal, and a valid passport for no less than three months upon arrival in Qatar. They will also need to show a valid return ticket, and health insurance that is valid for the duration of the stay in the country.
Reasons why you need to attend the ongoing Surajkund Mela in Faridabad
The ongoing 36th Surajkund International Mela at Surajkund in Faridabad district, Haryana, is a loud splash of colour and a cornucopia of culture, traditions and handicrafts. At least 20 countries and all Indian states are participating in this fair. Are you there yet?
For those who are not aware, the annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela (February 3-19, 2023), is showcasing regional and international crafts and tradition, a rare combination to come by. For those who are a big fan of Indian folk traditions, this is a great place and opportunity to experience that. The fair is one of the world’s largest crafts fair!
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