Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

Kolkata is my city, my home. It stirs up my emotions, it stirs up my soul. The city at dusk through the heavy dark thunder clouds, the incessant noise from the crowded streets, the familiar and the unfamiliar faces, the multiple options of local savouries, the hurtling riot of colours – these rejuvenate me. Born and brought up for the most part in Kolkata, my Bengali genes are to be blamed not only for my relentless creative pursuits but also my unsatiated taste-buds. Wherever I go or whichever city I have lived in and set up our homes later in my life, there has always been a reference to something or someplace or somebody or some incident in Kolkata.

It amuses me and irritates me. Imagine finding Venice, one of the most romantic cities in the world, to be similar to water-logged North Kolkata. Definitely not a romantic idea of a few Euros well spent! My friends who have no prior experience of Kolkata, often ask me – ‘What do you like about Kolkata?’or ‘Hey, we want to visit Kolkata. What do you suggest we should see?’ – these questions make me nervous, as well as excited. Nervous, because I want them to like my Kolkata. Excited, because I have a huge things-to-do-list which I can hand over!

How can I explain to them that one has feel the city, live the city and then only realise what Kolkata is. It is as good as living in a kaleidoscope. For those who haven’t had any prior ‘Kolkata’ experience, I hope I can show them Kolkata in my way. For, I cannot ever severe my soul Konnection. I know that’s not the Korrect spelling but Connection with a K is the only random thing that matches with my city, Kolkata!

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Dubai is my adopted home currently and most of the food posts have been juxtaposed against my Kolkata nostalgia or my living experiences in the UAE. In most of my writings, culture, history, recipes, food stories and nostalgia unfold amidst the urban backdrop of Dubai. Hence, sometimes I’ve not been able to clearly demarcate between Dubai and Kolkata posts. Do click on this link for all that I have written in this blog – Recipes, Reviews, Interviews, Food Events and Culinary Travel. And for all the posts falling under the category of Kolkata, click here, and for Bengali food here .

 

In the courtyard of an old colonial building - now housing a primary schoolThe ceiling inside an Ambassador taxi - where will I find art next? On the lamp-post, perhaps!The famous Howrah Bridge from the banks of the Ganges on the Howrah Side

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Tracking My Footprints

The World Awaits for me to wander. ‘It’s a new world – it’s a new start/ It’s alive with the beating of young hearts… Here I am…’ Artist: Bryan Adams from the Movie ‘Spirit’. That is the idea behind the title of the Parent Category under which all the posts are listed and photos are cataloged.

Following are the various places in the world that I have visited: Tracking My Footprints

Following are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that I have visited:
In India
In Asia (outside India)
In Europe

24 comments

  1. I liked the way you wrote it. And yes, this city do ‘Konnect’ to the soul. No matter what, at the end of the day, it’s ‘my city’! :)

  2. U can take a Bangali out of Kolkata…but u cannot take Kolkata out of a bangali…no matter how far we are from our roots…staying in Dubai…your blogs make me nostalgic and stay Konnected..keep up the gud work !!! :)

  3. I have left…abandoned…and kept coming back to my Kolkata. It never ceases to amaze me. And strangely enough it has been more often than not…I will ALWAYS find a Calcuttan in every nook n corner of the blessed globe! Heres to good ole Sutanuti :0

  4. Nicely done…I left Calcutta after 38 years of having lived there, and still have a major part of my family there, which is what takes me back every year…however, my growing up days in this great city haunt me still, and after having made Dubai my home since the last 15 years, I am still very much a Calcuttan…love it to bits…

  5. Loved to read this. I also share the passionate love from Kolkata and my blog is dedicated to it. It’s called Kolkata Curry (www.kolkatacurry.blogspot.in). When I decided to write, I started blogging. And I didn’t find any broad topic other than the city I fell in love with. Yes, I write a lot about Bangla cinema, but that suits a blog on Kolkata, so I’m happy. I’m a foodie too and wish to explore the Kolkata food all my life, especially the hidden gems in its lanes and bylanes and old, nondescript buildings. Wish I could blog more on food. I was born and brought up in its suburbs, Barrackpore, but my parents are from the city. And now I have a home in this city where my family (including two daughters) stays and we divide our time between this home and my first home where my father stays. Hope I konnect with you :)!

  6. Absolutely ‘Konnected’, right :)? Thanks for the prompt response, Ishita. Could you drop a line to my mail ID, so that we can keep in touch on shared interests on mail?

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