The world without and within

What the heck is this? I'm tired of posting photos on Instagram and then commentary on Facebook and sending e-mails about everything else. So I'm trying this platform as an integrated place.


Welcome to Coffee, Tea and Adda* by me, Amit Shah. Regular reader; occasional writer; iPhone-ready photographer; always curious.

[*Adda is simply a gathering of Bengalis and shooting the s_it about everything and anything. It’s almost a ritualistic hallmark of Bengali interaction. There are sociologists and anthropologists who have studied this in recent years. The word made it into the OED in 2004.
    cf: Word Finder : “In 2011, filmmakers Surjo Deb and Ranjan Palit made a documentary on the subject. The film, Adda: Calcutta, Kolkata has been screened at several festivals around the globe and won the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival 2012. The film drew parallels with the French salon culture at the turn of the 20th century and used the phenomenon of adda to create a city symphony film on Calcutta, exploring various subcultures of the bustling yet laid-back metropolis.”]

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