Ujjala Chanachur and that middle aged bhodrolok

Let us visualize a middle aged kolkattan bhodrolok. Let us assume this gentleman has reached home after a (supposedly) hard day’s work, he transforms into his customary pyjama and ganjee. And, the next thing he shouts for (with that secret love in his tone) to his be(i)tter half is, “Ki go, cha-ta hobe ?” Now,…

মিষ্টিদই আর ছোট্ট এক পকেট কলকাতা

কোনো একটা অদ্ভুত কারণে এই কলকাতা শহরটা না আমার কাছে এখন আর শুধুমাত্র একটা থাকার বা কাজের জায়গা নয় – একটা অজগর সাপের মতন, বা বলা যায় শীতের দুপুরে লেপের মতন, যত দিন যাচ্ছে- এই শহরটা আমাকে ক্রমশঃ জাপ্টে ধরছে। আসলে ছোটবেলায় আমার ছেলে পেটের ভেতরে ঢুকে যেত আদর খেতে, এই শহরের পেটের ভেতর থেকে…

the strange story of stew in Maidan tents

There are some strange eateries in and around Kolkata. They are underrated and often difficult to locate. Like those silent saints at Himalaya, they don’t like to publicize themselves. But, it’s more like one’s own wife. You find hundreds of faults in her, but at the end, you come back to her only- such is…

Apanjan- the legendary fish fry in south Kolkata

“South Calcuta has no good joint for fried food, barring Bijoligrill” my friend told me. That set me thinking. Though I am a lover for north Calcutta’s dingy old fry shops, still I can remember at least couple of great joints from my old para, bhowanipore who can easily compete with city’s best and most…

The ramzan foodwalk in chitpur

And the time of the year is here, where Kolkata rises after sun-set- the ramzan time. After a full day of roza, the muslim community here takes on the streets with their offering of clothes, ittar and off course food items and we are more than happy to join them in their celebration. Last week was…

TOI Happy Street in Kolkata

Kolkata is having a gala time nowadays- at least in terms of events. Yesterday, we observed a great initiative by TOI and Kolkata Police. They jointly launched an event named “TOI Happy Street” to promote street-walking in Kolkata. The stretch of park street between camac st- park st crossing till chowringhee will be a no-vehicle-zone…

Merry X-Mas- Kolkata ishtyle

They say Kolkata is such a city which celebrates any festival with equal enthusiasm. And how Christmas could be behind ? Kolkata welcomed the Christmas with open hands and how it was….. Please go through the below photographs to experience X-mas 2014 celebration in Kolkata.    For the Kolkata X-Mas celebration scenario, there are 2…