Thursday, November 25, 2010

KOLKATA LINGERS...

The annual visit to Kolkata ended a week back.


Work/school has begun and we are back in the swing of things.

The lazy mornings watching the world go by from our balcony, and the hectic evenings of catching up with friends and family have already retreated to the silent shots in the camera.

But Kolkata lingers...

In the 'panchphoron' and 'radhuni' - spices peculiar to the Bengali cuisine - that my in-laws have packed for me.

In the Cookme 'mustard paste' that is adding tartness and the sharp tang of memory to fish curries cooked in Borivili.

In the Bori (dried balls of ground lentils) that is adding crunch and the bite of nostalgia to Maharashtra-bred vegetables.

In the Jaljeera (a sweet-salty-tangy powder) from Tasty, which is being dissolved in water (and a bit of tears) to make glass after glass of cooling drink in manic Mumbai.

In the sarees from Dakshinapan and the books from College Street. When we open and use, we breathe in deeply and remember.

16 comments:

Swaram said...

Jaljeera, sarees and books for me too pls :)

Double-Dolphin said...

Mustard paste.....LOL

Vivek Patwardhan said...

Whenever I went to Kolkata, I ordered 'Patodi Maach' and it remains my favorite dish. With mustard paste in your hands.........may be someday....

Vivek

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Love to you mam... long time following you... liking it..

Sumandebray said...

these little things like bori, aam satyo, muri r moa travels through many borders everytime the bong crowd visits kolkata

Anil P said...

Kolkata will linger, even in those who've been there just once. And the variety of sweets on offer is simply mindboggling.

Kavi said...

Welcome back , do carry the memoriws close to you ! That's going to let you live through the times in Borivili in style !!

Enjoy !!

Kavi said...

Welcome back , do carry the memoriws close to you ! That's going to let you live through the times in Borivili in style !!

Enjoy !!

Kavi said...

Welcome back , do carry the memoriws close to you ! That's going to let you live through the times in Borivili in style !!

Enjoy !!

Pinku said...

Kolkata lives in all us probashis in one form or the other...for some its the bori and sona moonger dal for others the books, plays and concerts that are greedily grabbed...for yet others its the taste of affordable chinese and rolls and biryiani.

:)

magiceye said...

:) welcome to mumbai!

Pesto Sauce said...

I have heard so much abut Kolkata though never been there

sujata said...

My home trip is to start early next month and the same things are on my list as well, will just have to add the jaljeera!!

Onkar said...

A unique way of remembering Kolkata

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