Off to Spain
Years back, soon after we had moved into India, we had gone to the Durga Pujo in Maddox Square, Kolkata.

There were a couple of foreigners at the pandal there trying to understand what was happening. My dad started talking to them and explained the story of how Ma Durga killed Mahishashur. He drew an analogy with the bull fights of Spain and explained that Ma Durga would fell the demon with one of her weapons and that the demon would gain life from the drops of blood shed and how this would go on till she finally speared him.

"Just as in a bull fight where matadors come in one by one and wound the bull till the bull finally succumbs to its injuries" he said.

I am not sure of the mythological veracity of his descriptor but then the image did stick in his eight year old's imagination.

Bandra Durga Pujo 2012

Recently my mom told me that my father had gone to Spain before they had got married.

Which means that Spain is possibly one of the few West European countries that I had not been to as a toddler.

Well K and I are heading off to Spain in a few hours. Our first trip to the country. The choice driven by the fact that it is possibly going to be the least cold of the European countries at this time of the year.

We start of with Madrid then we head to Seville...Granada and finally to Vicky Christina and their Barcelona.

K has done a fair bit of research. Me more cursorily.

I am the sort of traveler who prefers to land at a place and then talk to the locals, amble around and discover its vignettes. An experience which often doesn't tick all the boxes in the tourism departments list but is usually full of colour and life.

So if you are in Spain and if we have connected then do give a shout. Would be great to meet. Or if there are friends of yours there or favourite haunts of yours which you feel we should go to let us know. Would be much obliged.

Will check mails and my id is or tweet me at @finelychopped or ping me on the finely chopped facebook page 

Now what's Spanish for ciao?


Praveena said…
First time reader here.

In Barcelona, there is this amazing seafood restaurant called La Paradeta. There are a couple of branches dotted around the city but there is one near the Sagrada familia metro stop that is convenient and not too crowded. Try the grilled monkfish - my favourite thing in Barcelona!

In Seville, don't miss going up Las Setas at night! Gorgeous view.. have an amazing trip in what is my favourite european country to travel in!
Unknown said…
Guys , I just sent you an email guide :) ... Just want to point out that you have the incorrect email listed in the blog post :)

- Have fun :)
Kalyan said…
Thanks a lot. Sounds like lovely times are up ahead of the winding immigration queues in Mumbai
Kalyan said…
Thanks Ebrahim. Got your list and thanks for pointing out the error in the mail id
Puja said…
El Quim at Mercat de La Boqueria in Barcelona was one of our fav spots- went there for a hearty breakfast (with a bottle of Cava!) almost everyday we were there...totally worth a visit...Boqueria itself is unmissable for a foodie...

Eslava is Seville was our favourite Tapas Bar - a well kept secret (from the tourists) and do try to catch some late afternoon vino tintos at some of the many bars in Triana (a lovely neighbourhood in Seville- more locals than tourists)...

Also for Basque pintxos, try Basca Irati in Barcelona...and don't forget the heady txakoli...have fun!!
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Thanks pooja...missed En Slava by inches