Last weekend I was in Calcutta… sorry Kolkata (I’m sorry, I still like calling it Calcutta and not Kolkata. It’s just easier. I don’t think I will ever be able to get used to call Bangalore ‘Bengaluru’) for a friend’s wedding. Last time I had visited ‘Kolkata‘ was to spend some time with my in-laws. My husband and I wanted to spend sometime in the city with them as they were moving to Pune. We had three days in Kolkata and we wanted to stuff in as much as Kolkata darshan as we could. The only day we had to go visit our favorite places, we overslept! When we got our of our hotel, my husband, friend and I were a trio on a mission. We had three hours before we had go visit some relatives and a lot of ground to cover before that.
We started with New Market. We had puchkas, did some silver shopping at Chamba Lamba, had walnut brownies at Nahoum’s, bought Bandel Cheese – all while trying to navigate the maze that is New Market. We rushed over to Nizam’s and had a roll. (95 Rupees for one chicken roll and one mutton roll!! I cannot believe how inexpensive things are in Kolkata!! .. And yumm!!) Finally, we got to Park Street and had some amazing Chinese food at Bar-B-Q. We did all this in three hours flat! We had attacked the streets of central Kokatta with military precision. Our fauji fathers would have been so proud!
Anita Desai said , ‘Wherever you go, it becomes a part of you somehow’. I don’t know when I will get to visit Kolkata next, and last weekend was my opportunity to gather all the experiences, sights and tastes that I will hold on to until I visit the city next time.
This week I invite you to write about your travel experiences. A place, an anecdote, an experience – anything that you would like to share.
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