July 4th weekend – Kolkata nostalgia et al

The 4th of July weekend has just passed and it was quite an interesting weekend. The whole of Saturday, I spent in debugging some issue with the laptop and doing some household chores. On Sunday, we had some friends over – we had decided that we would all get together and cook Moghlai Paratha. Everyone wanted to eat but only one knew how to cook ! – the men folks for reasons unknown were relegated to drinking Margaritas and then cleaning up the kitchens while the better halves slogged hard in the kitchen to make sure that the parathas came out well. And boy! – they came out really really good and clearly reminiscent of the snack bars in Kolkata.

In the evening, we all went together to see Parineeta, a movie based on the classic Sarat Chandra Chatterjee novel. The story is based in Kolkata in the 1960s and the director has made sure that Calcutta (as it was then called) is captured in all its grandeur.

So, at the end of the day, most of us were really getting a nostalgic feeling about Kolkata. Moghlai Parathas, Chai, Biscuits, Parineeta, romance …. all this made the weekend quite a memorable one.

— Thyaga

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