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Kolkata Ahoy…..

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On the way to Calcutta/Kolkata …..a city chock full of emotions, brimming with memories and in my semi-nomadic existence, perhaps one true place to call home.

Last time in the city was three years back – a quick, extremely hectic 7-day trip. The trip before that was after a 3-year break as well. Was bit of a culture shock with new malls, roads and such. Expecting similar shocks again from newer malls, newer roads and perhaps hopefully, some new attitudes.

Although I am not sure I can cope with scenes like this.

(link via GreatBong)

But then, there should be some of the old reliables: the constant din of varying decibels from the early morning vendors to the incessant honking of car horns, playing Frogger while crossing the street at everyplace other than the designated zebra markings, and of course, the metallic grinding of the trams, the private buses competing to grab fares and clogging the streets, the state-owned ones zooming right past by a stranded gaggle of expectant passengers, and of course, the food. Oh the food !!!!

Phuchkas from the corner guy (been aroud for ever), mutton roll from Campari, not to mention all the regualr restaurants, and above all, the sweets: late evening rosgollas – spongy and moist; early morning jilipis – crunchy and filled inside with gooey sugary syrup; the mihidanas and bondes – best scooped up with a fluffy luchi…..the list is endless.

But most of all, its the special occasion that I am going for: that little kiddo who seemingly only yesterday was squinting through her slit-like eyes and giving me – the beaming brother on the other side – a smile through the nursery glass walls, has decided to get herself hitched for life ! With some dude (brothers can never totally accept prospective suitors for their sister). Should be much fun.

Any lurkers from Kokata wanting to meet-up, pliss to email: bongopondit_at_gmaildotcom.

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But before all that – a two-day stop-over at Singapore, which should be an interesting experience as well. I am returning to the island-city after a gap of 23 years. Singapore, was in fact, my first ‘foreign’ trip (not counting a trip to Nepal) – and landing from the chaos that is Kolkata to the order of Singapore had left a huge impression. Have heard that things have changed even there – for better (how do you improve on perfection).

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

April 11, 2008 at 5:29 am

Posted in India, Kolkata, Personal

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  1. Be prepared for a series of shocks not the least of which is inflation. I was there about a year ago after a 4-year break and changes were quite mind-blowing. But then again, there were parts of the city ,and especially the suburbs, that did not seem to be impacted much. Have a great trip!

    dipanjan

    April 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

  2. Nice video! I actually saw that live a few years ago in a Pizza Hut outlet in Kolkata. This is an improvement, trust me.

    ~r

    Ramsu

    April 17, 2008 at 9:52 am

  3. I was there this January. What struck me was that buses were fewer and farther between. Autos seemed to have taken over in southern Calcutta. And the number of people was unbelievable. Local trains are next to impossible to get into.

    biswa

    April 23, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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