Sons of our fathers

I am watching Kylie Kwong's 'My China' right now on Discovery T&L. An amazing episode.

This Australian based chef has come to her ancestral village in China. Apparently her parents were born in Australia. They didn't know for ages that their families had come from the same village in China! The look of happiness and joy on Kwong's face, at what she calls her homecoming, is spontaneous, sincere and infectious. She is cooking an 'Australian Chinese' dish for her Chinese cousins on TV as I write!

As I watched the programme it struck me that I would so like to go to Borishal in Bangladesh where my father was born. Go back again to Dhaka where my mother was born (I have made two or three small trips there). Canterbury in the UK where I was born. And Rasht in Iran where I had lived as a kid for a year. Iran is also where K's ancestors came to India from centuries back.

Would be amazing to go back to these places and write about them.


Gia Fernandes said…
What crap! I was born in the same place I am now and lived here most of my life. The bloody hospital I made my entry in is like a 10 min drive from where I live now!
Why couldn't my life be more exotic???

Who's that adorable little fellow in the pram? He looks like he would save his juicy prawns for a friend and not finish them up by himself!
Rhea said…
Cute picture :-)
Abhishek said…
This comment might be out of context wrt this article but I came across this link

I thought you might be interested...though am not sure about the quality of this show. I remember this article you wrote about the quality of indian travel/culinary shows and I pretty much agree to it that they lack the way Food Channel or Anthony Bourdain or even Andrew Zimmer do it!!!
Scarlett said…
Oh God, you were such a cute round little kid!! :)))
Swastik Rath said…
The Ilish from the Padma in Bangladesh are supposed to be the best. Maybe you should make a trip there :-)
Shaswati said…
You must watch this docu film by Supriyo Sen who has got the President's award and many other international awards for this - on the same thought - Gharey Phera.
Kalyan Karmakar said…
CC: Well Kylie was born in Australia and lives there too. Her grandparents were from another country :)

Re adorable fellow... have you seen how he loves his bottle? Doesn't look like someone who is into sharing and caring and loving... when it comes to food

Rhea: I milk it big time :) No pun intended

Abhishek the post you referred to was due to the exasperation caused by Fully Ded up on NDTV. Since then I saw HOMP again. I like them. They look like they are having fun at least and this is infectious. Wish they had a lughter track though. Then they ouldn't spend so much time laughing at their own jokes :)

Scarlett: As The Boss says ...those were glory days :)

Swastik... I went to Bangladesh almost a decade back on work. Searched for ilish. They told me that it was all exported to Calcutta! Finally managed to get some ilish. It was cooked in onion. Sacrilege.

Shaswati...must get hold of it. Any idea where I can get it from?
Gia Fernandes said…
I know..but I mean I'm still in the same place... i mean the same exact part of the city! And by exotic I meant your past - Borishal, Canterbury, Rasht. Wow!
And that little fellow would share for sure, I know!
Shaswati said…
Check out this link: and check out for the film - Way back home by Supriyo Sen. these guys of magic lantern handles the distribution of many docu films.