I am a regular reader and secret admirer of Manasa’s lovely blog For The Love Of Sunshine Corners.She has a gorgeous and cosy home is an understatement. One of my favourite corners of her home is the balcony.It is small but beautiful and the feature which grabs your attention is the mango tree painted on the wall.So with due credits to Manasa for inspiring me to do this on one of my walls….
The summers are here with a vengeance and all you can do to beat it is make your surroundings cooler- the ACs are a blessing, the dessert coolers are also helpful and the smell of khus that is so soothing accompanies them,time to take out the shorts and old worn out t shirts too.Another way to beat the heat are cool summer drinks- the lassis and Rooh Afza, the Aam panaa and mango shakes…..
Linking in to Ivy and Elephants
Day 4 was spent soaking up the spirit of Kolkata….the puchkas,the tram ride,the local train,the saree shopping(will do another post on that later),the Eden Garden,the Howrah bridge…..
We wrapped up the day with a traditional Bengali dinner of bhaat(rice),Doi Macchh(curd fish) and railway station mutton curry.The food was authentic and delicious,the ambiance lovely and the music outstanding Rabindra Sangeet playing in the background.
Day 3 began on a lazy note with all of us a little weary after two long days.We got up late and had nothing particular in mind when we set out to hail a cab.The first thing on mind was breakfast. After yesterdays English breakfast, I was looking forward to some bengali Radhaballabi which we found at K.C. Das on Esplanade.Though we had to wait awhile but it was worth it.They serve awesome “roshogullas” too.
With our hunger satiated for the time being , we decided to take the kids to Nicco Park, the first amusement park in Kolkata.Needless to say,the gals had a whale of a time. After all the fun and frolic,naturally hunger struck us again.The foodies that we are,we headed to another well known Mughlai joint in Park Street—Arsalaan.And the food did live up to the expectations.There is a long queue even during weekdays and lunch hours.The Mutton Biryani is yum as well as also the Chicken Stew and Rezala.Must visit for taste as well as easy on the pocket.
Next up was some shopping in New Market-which is the place to shop when in Kolkata.From septipins(safety pins) to shona(gold),you name it and its there.The market itself is a colonial building and the clock tower reminds one of an era bygone.
I have been a bit lazy in posting my Kolkata diaries.Among the many odd reasons for not doing so is that Perk had a bout of chicken pox but more on that later.
Day 2 in Kolkata saw us heading to Park Street for an English Breakfast at the legendary tearoom Flury’s.It was founded in 1927 by Mr and Mrs J Flury’s and introduced the city to Swiss and international delicacies.The place was very English and I saw it was completely packed at 9:30 in the morning.The place has an old world charm to it with a sense of timelessness and a relaxed atmosphere.The chandeliers,the waiters,the tea sets all add upto the charm of the place.We ordered creamed corn on toasts,a mutton puff and chicken patties.The mutton puff was out of the world,I can assure you.But all said and done…the price tags here are a bit overshot.
Our next stop was the Oxford Book Store,the second oldest book store in India, which is every reader’s delight.The girls and I had a great time going through our respective sections while Papa was busy finding his favourite music.The cherry on top- the store was having its annual discounts.There is an endless collection of books and a kids section which is also very well stocked.To add to all this there is a quaint cafe on the first floor where you can sip a cup of ‘cha’ or grab a bite as you sink into any random nooks with a book in your hand.The charm of the place lies in the randomly placed books and well created nooks and corners for reading.Our next stop was the Indian Museum right there in Park Street.As it was an extremely warm day,we wanted to spend the morning hours indoors.So the museum it was.And we were not disappointed at all.Although some sections were under renovation,Munch enjoyed her visit very much and kept asking questions and reading the informations everywhere.The museum itself is a very magnificent white building and is the oldest museum in India.It was established in 1814 and so it has actually completed 200 years!
It was an afternoon well spent and the walking around made us all feel hungry again…but more on that later as I have to rush and get ready for a party…see you on the other side.
If you are visiting Kolkata with kids, a visit to Science City is a must.It is the largest Science Center in the Indian Subcontinent under the National Council of Science Museums.It is a unique effort to bring everyone to love the laws of Science.Munch and Perk had a great time there too.They thoroughly loved the place and so did we.There is something there for everyone..
It is a theme park covering 7 large walk through dioramas with robotic prehistoric animals and plants.It shows the history of evolution of life.
It comprises a Space Theatre which is like a planetarium and we enjoyed the screening of the film Greece. This place also has a 3D vision theatre, a Mirror magic zone and a Time Machine which provides a virtual experience of a space flight.The kids specially had a gala time with the magic mirrors.
It was an amazing place to be in and I would recommend it to all those who visit Kolkata with your little ones…this is a must visit .It is a fun day out for the entire family.
As I mentioned in the earlier post,we are back rejuvenated from our short trip to the “City of Joy” —Kolkata.One of the oldest cities of India and capital of the British Raj before they moved to Delhi..the city has a heart and soul unlike other metros.The pavements full of books,the innumerable music shops(some even now selling LPs or records),the intelligible chatter of people going past and the numerous eateries scattered all across the city speaks of the rich heritage and culture of the past.But sadly most of the colonial buildings are now in a sorry state of decay.
We were staying centrally at a building aptly named “Hooghly View” on the eleventh floor which was ideal as it afforded a view of not only the Hooghly but also the famed Howrah Bridge,Victoria Memorial and Vidyasagar Setu from the bedroom window itself.
The girls were pretty excited on seeing the beautiful white marble building from the window and first thing in the morning wanted to visit it.So off we went in a cab and were at the gates of The Victoria at 9 am dot.The garden surrounding the Victoria were beautifully maintained but dotted with lovebirds hanging around on their way to college or work.We were lucky to be early as the place was comparitively less crowded at this hour than at any other time of the day.We spent half an hour taking in the beauty of the place and clicking pictures before we went inside the museum which opens for visitors at around 9:30 am.The museum has a vast gallery of paintings and one is not allowed to take pictures.One can go upto the second floor.
After going around the museum, we took the eager kids on a baggi ride around Maidan.You have to really bargain with the owners here as they will charge you anything from 500 bucks for a ten minute ride.The hubby who is great at bargaining booked us one for 150 Rs and we were happily up and away.
this was an afternoon well spent followed by lunch at Aminia in New Market which serves amazing biryanis and Moghlai food.The evening was spent shopping in New Market and drooling over the stuff on offer.We had a traditional bengali dinner the first night at Bhojohori Manna in Esplanade.The food was better than the ambience.Since I have never resided in Kolkata,I only had reccos on the net to go by.The place was pretty deserted,the staff casual but the prices reasonable and food authentic.