Sharma Sweets Bhowanipore …

This is not a review post, but more like a lookback for me. We used to stay in Bhowanipore, and most of my adolescence was spent here. In those days, an youngster didn’t get that much pocket money and being a lazy-bum or due to whatever reason, I always used to have a shortage of…

Foodies guide to Darjeeling- the hidden gems

Come whatever may, a normal regular Kolkattan will visit three places in his / her life. And, surprisingly, the place’s name is “Di-pu-Da”- now don’t get me wrong. They are basically, Digha Puri and Darjeeling- the three mascots of tourism in and around West Bengal. So, if it’s a one night or two nights holiday,…

Foodwalk at the khao gully at esplanade

“A meaty foodwalk can only be conducted in Chitpur” – I was proudly boasting to one of my friends when suddenly he quitely told me, “you assh&%$, have you ever been to Tipu Sultan Mosque ” “Ahhh, those falooda shops ? Off course yes” I chirped, and he snapped back “then how can you make…

Saraswati puja bhog at a middle class bengali family

Saraswati puja always always claims a special place in the heart of any bengali. It is popularly considered as the bong valentines day. But, for a atheist bong like me, bhog was always the point of interest for me (besides the yellow saree lad clan from the the fairer sex) and here’s my story. My…

Moa- Jayanagar , Baharu and quest for the best variety

childhood is a strange thing. So many items remain there sketched as a voice, as a memory. When I was a kid, Naren da used to come to our Bhowanipore house (with that box and degchi on his head) shouting “Moa chai, jayanagarer moa, nolen patali gurrrrrrr “.  Now today, I don’t even remember whether…

Duke- the office para watering hole …

Somehow, I’ve seen people having a strange suspicious outlook towards any singing bar. Now, let’s be honest. There are many singing bars in city, any city in that matter and they’re hardly any shady ones. These bars normally have few singers, both male and female for live singing with generally a loud music arrangement. The…

Golbari and Rupa- thy name is nostalgia

Idiot : “good morning sir. I was planning to ask something to you for a long long time. What’s your opinion about kosha mangsho ?” Person 1: “That’s the exact reason people call you an idiot. Who doesn’t like Kosha mangsho ? It’s just like liking somebody else’s wife. Everybody knows it’s a sin, but…

Cafe – a slice of old Calcutta

There is a Calcutta hidden inside the underbelly of Kolkata. People there are still the quintessential bong type- intellectual, easy-to-go-with, less pushy …. you know probably what I mean. And, over time, they denied the offer for changing themselves. Maybe the price was a loss in monetary growth,  but frankly, when were the bongs monetary-wise,…

2 cafes – one vision, different path and Mohamushkil

Recently, I’ve been to 2 cafe, which I found quite different from the usual run of the mill numerous ones. Both cafes have got one aim, one motto, one vision and that’s the good part, but surprisingly, the path taken is quite different. This is their story. The first one is Cafe I can Fly….

Manicktola- the new Kachori capital inside Kolkata ?

So, the slight chilliness is in the air. Winter is settling in. But frankly, when did season decide for a Kolkattan what to eat (maybe except the sudden madness of cakes during christmas) ? My maternal grandfather used to live in Manicktola ….. and though they’ve moved from there few years back, but those memories…

Chitto da’s Suruchee restaurant and Dacre’s Lane Kolkata

Let us talk about one typical joint in the heart of city- Esplanade. Have you heard of the name Dacre’s Lane ? You may or may not. Now, this area is the father of all khao-gully (food lane) in Kolkata. A whole stretch of around 100 mtrs is full of street food vendors on both…

Singhara chow- the hidden breakfast gem in Kolkata

Somehow, for some strange reason, there is a dearth of good breakfast joints in Kolkata. Now, I am not talking about the places which makes great kachori. I’ve been to few of them and they’re just great (you can read about them here) and also those places serving the great mughlai breakfast in those hazy…