Wednesday, March 5, 2008

70+ Reasons to love KOLKATA

1.. Phulkopir Shingara: samosas don't stand a chance against these.

2.. Phuchka: gol-gappas aren't a patch on phuchkas. Try Bengal Lamp/Dakshinapan. Karaishutir Kochuri: a seasonal favourite, have it with "alur dam".

3.. Luchi: puri and phulkas - no comparison.

4.. Alurdom: the world's best. Try the offering at Vivekananda Park.

5.. Jhalmuri: a unique concoction, with nothing to equal it.

6.. Telebhaaja: these and jhalmuri are like 'made for each other'.

7.. Chanachur: many have tried unsuccesfully to steal the formula, MNCs included!

8.. Alukabli: where will you get something like this?

9.. Ghugni: again, chana is not the same at all.

10.. Radhaballavi: try it with alurdom or cholar daal.

11.. Chanmp: even Pakistani cricketers have sampled these, in Chitpur.

12.. Rezala: out of this world, just out of this world!

13.. Paradiser Sharbat: there is one which is green, and another, pink.No college student from Presidency or the University has failed to sample these!

14.. Lere Biscut: needed to make the batter for chop-katlet.

15.. Chicken Kabiraji: an unbelievable variation on the chicken cutlet.

16.. Moton Afghani: an equally innovative presentation of the mutton cutlet.

17.. Dimer Kalia: again, where do you get something like this?

18.. Kasha mangsho: it has become an institution now.

19.. Roll: the ubiquitous mutton, chicken or egg roll. Unquestionably superior to any variants (Frankies 4 that matter) in any other city of the world. And also....

20.. Coffee houser coffee ar adda: try the float with ice cream.

21.. Bharer chaa: on the Maidan, from shining brass vessels on a rainy day. And not to be missed in all this,

22.. Pan unmatched, even in Benaras or Lucknow. Honestly!

The sweeter side23.. Roshomalai: a creamy, mouth-watering delight!

24.. Jilipi: smaller than the jalebis and tastes quite different.

25.. Lal doi: is an experience by itself!

26.. Sada Doi: have it @ the shop, "Mithai"

27.. Kamala bhog: a pale yellow orb, delicately sweetened.

28.. Notun gurer sondesh: a winter speciality available in no other city.

29.. Rosogolla: simply needs no introduction.

30.. Natun gurer Rosogolla: the latest innovation.

There are many, many more traditional favourites. and also...

31.. Shitabhog: pure white, sweetened to just the right extent.

32.. Mihi Dana: golden yellow, saffron scented.

33.. Maalpoa: rich brown pancakes, dripping in sugar syrup.

34.. Ranga alur pithey: another traditional favourite in winter.

Up fashion street
35.. Fashions keep changing. But the dhuti-panjabi and tangail look never becomes out-dated.

36.. Dhuti with extra broad borders: the finest and most elegant available here.

37.. Dhutis in red or black! The latest sensation in Calcutta.

38.. Giley kara Panjabi: those with the improbably crinkled sleeves.

39.. Tangail Sari: the best in these all-time favourites can be found here.
and the other marks of distinction are...

40.. Bidy asagari choti: you still get them here.

41.. Kabuli Chappal: another old favourite.

42.. Garader Sari: ideal with pujo bari, shankher awaaj.

Sights and soundsOne wakes up in the morning and hears their voices drifting through the air. So typically do they say their bit...that it is difficult to forget....and even more so imitate...

43.. Shil katowala: they chip the stone slabs which grind masalas.

44.. Chhuri Kanchhi Shaanwala: sharpens knives, scissors and anything with an edge.

45.. Lep Shelaiwala: they make those cotton quilts which warm you up in winter.
And early in the morning, before Durga Pujo, who can forget the strains of

46.. Mahalayar mahishashuromardini
Other things, quaint and very special

48.. Chinese Food in China Town: an early morning breakfast here is an experience.

49.. Metro Rail: spick and span, and the trains are dot on time.

50.. Maidan: the ideal p lace to be on a sleepy, winter morning.

51.. College Streeter Boipara: bookworms buzz around this place morning, noon and night.

52.. All Night Music Conference: you won't find a minute to yawn.

53.. Circular Rail: see the river all along as you travel on the train.

54.. Ganga te nouko bihar: either in a country boat or a steamer or on hover craft!

55.. Dolphins in the Ganga: if it's your lucky day, you might catch a glimpse of a frolicking shoal.

56.. Morning tram to the Maidan: see how green and fresh the city looks.

57.. East Calcu tta Wetlands: our very own eco-system regulator - just on the outskirts.
Travel in style

58.. Rickshaw: still the preferred form of transportation for some, especially children and the elderly.

59.. School van: it's to be seen to be believed.

60.. Tram: if you have time on hand, you can see the city glide by.

Calcutta's passion

61.. Roker adda: Calcuttans are an adda baaj lot.Mohan Bagan & East Bengal: prices of ilish or chingri go up, depending on who wins the day.

62.. Jatra: who says it is all melodrama?

63.. Durga pujo: the pomp and pageantry, reserved each year for the 'mother of all festivals'.

64.. Little magazine: you still find devotees of this publishing wonder.

65.. Book Fair: when the fair is on, you are there - whether you love books or not.

66.. Cricket match at the Eden: cricketers and cricket lovers the world over treasure the experience.

City's own
67.. Hydrant: there's a move by the CMC to revive the practice of ashing the streets with Ganga water from the hydrants

68.. Italian Saloon: road side barber joints, where you sit on a piece of brick (it).

69.. Chinese dry cleaners: do a very clean job, indeed.

70.. Darjees of Metiabruz: are a cut above the rest. Even if they cut corners at times!

Some more food delicacies below:

Somebody took the time to make this list. How many have you tried ?

These are all available in Calcutta/Kolkata:
  1. Kabiraji Cutlet from Regent (S N Banerjee Road)

  2. Moghlai Parota from Anadi Cabin (S N Banerjee Road)

  3. Kosha Mangsho from Golbari (Shyambazar)

  4. Phulkopir Singara from Mrityunjoy (Lansdowne)

  5. Double Egg Chicken Roll from Kusum, Hot Kati @ Park Steet)(Campari @ Gariahat & Nizam is a close contender!)

  6. Chicken Rezala from Shabbir (off C R Avenue)

  7. Ujjala's Chanachur ( no comparison anywhere)

  8. Telebhaja from Putiram (College Street)

  9. Daab Chigri from Kewpies (Elgin Lane)

  10. Daak Banglo Mutton/Chicken from Oh! Calcutta

  11. Chicken Cutlet from Baked & Fried/Mukherjee Sweets (Ballygunge Place)

  12. Bijoli Grill's Fish RollMochar Chop Dhoka from Apanjan (Sadananda Road)

  13. Boudir's Lebu Cha (Deshapriya Park)

  14. Kochuri & Tarkari from Tasty Corner (Mandeville Gardens)

  15. Phuchka/Churmur/ Dahi Phuchka from Bilas or Boudi (Southern Avenue)

  16. Chicken Cutlet near Samur (Bhowanipur)

  17. Mishti Doi & Rosogolla from Mithai (Beckbagan)

  18. Sandesh (all types) from Balaram (Bhowanipur) (Naram pak & Ice creamsandesh)

  19. Pantua from Bancharam

  20. Indrani from Ganguram

  21. Rabri from Chittaranhan

  22. Darbesh from Sen Mahasay

  23. Amritti from Bhim Nag/Ganguram, Maniktala (Jalebis are no match)

  24. Skyroom's Prawn Cocktail & Mixed Grill & Baked Alaskaor

  25. Blue Fox's Lobster Thermidor - NOT anymore....even theMandarin Fish from Waldorf is no more available!!

  26. Chelo Kabab from Peter Cat
Now, Tell Me Is There Any Other Place Better Than Kolkata On Earth? ........... :-):-):-):-)


Sriram said...

yes there is Bengalooru! :)

Naveen Hegde said...

Nice one, I agree with Sriram :)

Anonymous said...

don't dare to compare bangaluru with heritage of kolkata...

Anonymous said...

The Indian hospitality industry has seen a major hike in the recent times owing to the astounding industrial growth of the country. The growth in the IT sector has also hugely led to the revolving fortunes of the metros and major cities of the country. Offshore business flowing in and the eagerness of the MNCs to come up in India has led to the obvious growth of the hospitality sector also. Most of the big names in the hospitality industry from India and abroad have their properties in the important commercial hubs of the country. However, surprisingly, the hospitality industry is not that vigorously promoted in one of the most important metros of the country, Kolkata. In the past decade Kolkata has also seen major industrial growth. But unfortunately, the West Bengal state Government hasn’t shown much inclination towards the development of the hospitality industry of the state in general and the hotels in Kolkata in particular. Inspite of the repeated appeals from the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Eastern India, the state government hasn’t come up with steps that would boost the growth of the hospitality industry. Most of the suggestions and appeals made by the Association have gone unheeded. On the contrary, the state government increased the luxury tax payable by the air conditioned budget hotels in Kolkata and the ones in the rest of the state by a whopping 650%. Change in excise duties, reduction in the bar license renewal fee etc have also not been worked upon. In one word, the government seems to be underestimating the need to strengthen and boost the hospitality industry in the wake of unprecedented industrial growth. With proper etching out of the taxes and fees payable by the hotels of the state, the state government can make the business hotels in Kolkata and other renowned hotels of the state bring in huge profits for the state.