Calcutta Capers 1: Hot pot

I'll never be able to steam fish with a clear conscience.

I have just returned from Calcutta and got a taste of how it is to get steamed...and believe me it is no fun. It was so hot... and humid. I was quite unprepared, spoilt as I have been by my recent air conditioned existence in Bombay. An existence of what some of my brethren in Calcutta would call capitalist pigs. Hats off to Kainaz for gamely bearing the heat. My remedy to the heat was similar to what I do to cool containers in which I steam fish - I kept taking showers.

Of course there is a lot to report from the hours my mother spent in the kitchen dishing up her prawn curry, fish curry and alu bhaja (fries) to my favourite luchi and chholar daal breakfast at my grandmom to our two trips to Dolly's Tea Shop to the phuchkas and the inevitable pizza dinner to the rolls on the last night and the multiple trips to Flurys for pastries and Gangurams for Bengali sweets.

Both Kainaz and I did manage to pack in quite a bit while there.I took a lot of pictures too. I will put it in more posts now after having cooled down a bit


Scarlett said…
Have you heard anyone saying one of the things they miss about Bombay is the heat? :)
Kalyan Karmakar said…
beats me...I never 'miss' the heat. period
Scarlett said…
What I meant was, after getting "steamed in calcutta's heat" (as you put it), Bombay seems much milder
well, I'm sure mom and grandma's cooking makes all the hot suffering worth it.
Anonymous said…
Bombay sounds fascinating, heat and all! :)
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Jackie: Bombay is fascinating...I moved in ten years back and can't think of moving out
@Jessica: it did, it did
@Scarlett: You get sauted in Bombay while you get steamed and then deep fried In Calcutta
@kashi: my reccomendations: alu posto, fish in mustard curry and chicken curry - need 2 days advance notice
Unknown said…
Sounds good..... Will call you once am there and then we can decide on the day....infact lunch on 5th July sounds good....does that suit you???
Kalyan Karmakar said…
@Kashi: date noted and blocked