Friday, November 14, 2014

A Slice of Joy




No ticking of the clocks, no hurried steps...
More giggles, more laughter and more late night banters...
My three days in Kolkata, more accurately in the IIMC campus were this and much more.
What else can you expect when two sisters meet!

Amongst all the catching up, reliving old memories, gossiping and discovering that my sis has turned into a tea drinker and has now an unbelievable tolerance for spicy foods, we somehow managed a day for the city.

After a lot of planning and re-planning we finally ditched aside our travelling notes, literally pushed each other off the one bunker bed that we were lazing on, squinted our eyes to adjust to the hot blazing sun and took a shared auto, then a bus and finally the taxi to reach the Victoria Memorial hall and lawns.


Built between 1906 and 1921, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901), The Victoria Memorial hall stands majestically amidst the lush green gardens, the white marbled structure hinting of a resemblance to the Taj Mahal in Agra.






A stroll in the garden and few selfies later, we took the east gate of the Victoria Memorial to find the St. Paul's Cathedral right opposite the road.

Struck by the beautiful Indo-Gothic architecture and the stained glass windows we spent a few moments sitting inside the church in quiet contemplation.









As we stepped out we noticed quite a plethora of activities around us and realized the Winter Carnival organized by the members of the Church was about to commence. Our grumbling stomachs however ordered us to move on!

The yellow taxi is most definitely the preferred and easiest conveyance in this metro city. We hailed another one and a few minutes later we got dropped off at the Esplanade searching for the restaurant I had been dying to try!

Bhojohori Manna did not disappoint, though it did leave me sweating profusely. Medium Kangra Jhal (Crab Gravy - extremely spicy but delicious thick gravy and soft flesh under crackling bones), Shorshe Maach (Fish in mustard gravy - light sauce tweaked with fresh mustard), Bhetki Paruri (Fish richly marinated with mustard paste, steamed in a banana leaf) and plain rice was plated up in front of us in few minutes. The star of the luncheon was the desert! Nolen Gurer Ice cream ( speciality Ice cream prepared with jaggery) filled our mouths with deliciously rich flavours. Yum!

I was so tempted to try out all the listings at the menu but a revisit wasn't possible so I'll have to do with ' there's always a next time'




With content tummies we walked towards the New market area. Truly a shoppers paradise, we picked up two kurtas and a saree in Kantha textile before sitting down and having a glass of sugarcane juice whilst admiring the colonial architecture around.



A slice of this City of Joy was an experience in itself. There are still many wondrous and variant colours of Kolkata that remain unexplored. But for a day we did good! And the sunset at Princep Ghat, with the hues changing above the Vidyasagar Setu minute by minute as we sat under a tree admiring the gently flowing Hooghly river beneath us and the iconic Howrah bridge at the far opposite end, was the perfect goodbye.





24 comments:

  1. You reminded me of my days in Kolkata. Lively carefree city with awesome'st street food. I have had the best of fish curries there. Your pictures of sunset are beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks!! I want to have more fish curries!! :)

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  2. wow! I have been to Kolkata as a toddler so I remember nothing :P

    I would love to visit again for sure! awesome clicks :D

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    1. Thanks Ankita....you should...soon! :)

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  3. It sounds like a great fun outing with sister! I have been to Kolkata only once, that was ages ago. Seeing your picture reminds me of that city. Nice pictures, Aditi!

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    1. Thanks Beloo! :) Yes nothing like sister fun and relived college days too! ;)

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  4. Wow! I have never been to Kolkatta and this post urges me to give it a shot. Lovely written and a great time spent with your sister shows up!

    Parul

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  5. Never been to Kolkata but this was a good virtual trip :).

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    1. Thanks Carol...India trip on cards? Do plan!

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  7. I am so envious - that sounds like a delightful day in delightful company! Glad you shared it with us. :)

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  8. Sounds like you guys had a great time...reminds me of times spent with my sister!

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    1. Sisters are truly your best friends no! Nothing like the memories you make together!

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  9. Hi Aditi,

    I think you got your captions wrong, this bridge is the Vidyasagar bridge and not the Howrah bridge as you have mentioned in your post.

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    1. Hi Jairam...the sunset was over Vidyasagar Setu (as mentioned in the post) and opposite to that was the Howrah bridge! I'll add the word opp so as to make it less confusing!
      Thanks! :)

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  10. Such fun in Kolkata with your sis, Aditi! The pics are just amazing...esp of the bridge and the church. Loved seeing Kolkata through your eyes. Keep travelling :)

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful day spent with wonderful company at wonderful venues Aditi. Love your photos too: such interesting architecture and love the sunsets too. ;) (I guessed Kolkata to be Calcutta.) ;) <3

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    1. Absolutely right Elly it is Calcutta! :)

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  12. Nice Aditi. Captured Kolkata beautifully!

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  13. Nice Aditi. Captured Kolkata beautifully!

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