Memories

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Do our memories have memories?

You’re a distant dream

Like a burnt-out cigarette

Like a half-read novel

Like an unfinished book

Reeking of ideas, Of possibilities, Of hopes

Tossed away at some remote corners of this room

Corners my parched fingers can’t reach, can’t touch, can’t fathom.

 

Do our memories have memories?

Your porcelain skin so soft

The way they brush my hair

Gingerly resting onto my chest

Tending wounds so deep; scars that wouldn’t heal

And yet they heal. And yet they mend.

 

Do our memories have memories?

Like a flame so torrid you blaze into existence

Making love so fierce, so care-free, so wild

Not a thought in the world.

The sultry summer afternoons,

Lying naked in yellow mickey mouse shorts

Hair, an unkempt mess, lips with a hint of pink, eyes unflinching

Hand rolled cigars between your fingers

Head rested against mine

Pleasantly dull; slipping into mirthful oblivion.

-Anonymous

 

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Top 10 Heritage Restaurants in Kolkata which you must visit

 

Kolkata is the melting pot to different cultures, making the city full of wide varieties of food in it’s every nook and corner. No one city in India holds such a rich heritage and culture like Kolkata. Being the colonial capital of India it has not only got a wide variety of Indian food but also holds a varied range of continental cuisine.We, bengalis are fond of eating different kinds of foods. Everytime we want to explore new restaurants as many as we can to taste all types of foods because for us “food is love”, “food is life”, “food is something which can reduce stress in our mind”, “food is refreshment”, “food is something that helps us to gain energy to charge up our body”. In Kolkata, lots of street foods as well as some famous restaurants are available. Kolkata is well-known for it’s “BIRIYANI” , “SWEETS”, “FAST FOODS”. There are many restaurants which can satisfy your hunger but out of them I am going to recommend you 10 best restaurants which you must visit if  you stay in Kolkata.

 

1.GOLBARI

Place: Shyambazar

Description: Famous for its spicy mutton gravy. The restaurant serves every Bengali’s favourite dish “KoshaMangso” in its tastiest avatar, the dish you will smell in every Bengali home on Sundays. Koshamangso and Parathas are one of the best menu served here. The mutton is out of the world in its perfectly spiced,rich gravy with the correct hotness and softness. The soft parathas compliment the mutton like a match made in heaven. The name of Golbari itself speaks of heritage, age-old culture and somewhat a lost tradition of North Kolkata.

Pocket pinch: ₹450 for two people (approx.) *

 

2.Oly Pub

Place: Park Street

Description: Olypub takes this endeavor to cater people coming from different backgrounds and preferences. It is a specialty restaurant where one gets the most relishing Continental cuisines, which are at the same time economical. The peaceful ambiance and a compassionate staff promise to give you a soothing dining experience. It is an ideal place for people who like hanging out with their friends and family and eating their favorite cuisine under one roof.It won’t hurt your pocket, but the taste of the beef steaks will linger in your mind for long!

Pocket pinch: ₹1,100 for two people (approx.)  with alcohol

₹100  for a pint of beer (approx.)*

 

3.Peter Cat

Place: Park Street

Description: Another popular feature on Park Street is the restaurant Peter Cat. This classic restaurant started as back as the swinging sixties, and has managed to retain its popularity, thanks to the delicious house special – Chelo Kebab.Many restaurants have started making the “Chelo Kebabs”, but nothing like this one with flavourful rice topped with lump of butter and the soft kebabs melting in your mouth. Isn’t it heaven in a plate?

Pocket pinch: ₹1,200 for two people (approx.) *

 

4.Nahoum and Sons

Place: New Market, Esplanade

Description: This over a century old bakery, situated in the middle of the bustling New Market.It is 115 year old jewish bakery. The bekary has remained a favorite till today because of its yummy pastries and pies. In fact, Christmas seems incomplete in the city without a plum cake from Nahoum and Sons.The cakes are soft, rich with butter and dry fruits and fully satisfies your sweet tooth!

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

5.Nizam’s

Place: Esplanade

Description: The Kolkata Kathi Roll is now wildly popular in all parts of the country. It originated in the kitchen of Nizam’s Restaurant back in the colonial times, when this evergreen restaurant started.A Kathi roll, filled with juicy chunks of meat satisfies not only your taste buds but also fills your tummy at an economical rate.

Pocket pinch: ₹550 for two people (approx.) *

 

6.Mitra Cafe

Place: Shobhabazar

Description:This century old cafe, located in North Kolkata holds the secret recipe to some of the best fried items in the city. One of the best place to saturate one’s craving for some authentic Bengali snacks: my all time favorite fish fry, fish finger, fish kabirajiand chicken kabirajitops their menu. The Fish Kabiraji (came from coverage) has got juicy fish inside with a fried egg coverage, is a must try for everyone.

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

7.Dilkusha Cabin

Place: College Street

Description: This centenarian restaurant has played host to cultural bigwigs like Kabi Nazrul Islam. Now a local favourite amongst the hordes of college goers, its Kabiraji cutlets still strike the same culinary chords as they did a hundred years ago.

Pocket pinch: ₹300 for two people (approx.) *

 

8.Indian Coffee House

Place: College Street

Description: Steeped in history and culture, this used to be the point of convergence for intellectuals and students, then attending Presidency College and University of Calcutta. In its peak times, literary icons like Satyajit Ray, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar, have graced its hallowed halls.It has got the perfect ambiance for hanging out with your favourite bunch of folks with great food and beverage.

Pocket pinch: ₹200 for two people (approx.) *

 

 

9.China Town

Place: Tangra

Description: The locality of China Town in Tangra used to house Chinese immigrants from the colonial times and now has some of the most popular Chinese restaurants of the city, like Big Boss, Hot Wok, Kim Ling, and Beijing. Fun fact: This is the birthplace of what is lovingly called the Indian Chinese food. A foodwalk down this road is a necessity, to soak in the cultural relevance of this part of the city.

Pocket pinch: Depends on your taste

 

10. Dada Boudir Hotel

Place: Barrackpore

Description: Making way for a heartily meal is Dada Boudi Hotel in Kolkata. Established in the year 1985, this place is synonymous with delicious food that can satiate all food cravings. It is home to some of the most appreciated cuisines which include Mughlai Biriyani. So as to be able to cater a large number of diners,it occupies a favourite location at Barrackpore. Near Sukanta Sadan.1.Ghosh Para Road,Barrackpore. Courtesy to this strategic location,foodies in and around the neighborhood can walk in to this eating house conveniently without facing any hassle related to commuting to this part of the city. It is one of the most sought after Restaurants in Barrackpore. This is a one of the renowned Restaurants in Kolkatato savour into the all time favourite Kolkata – Biriyani with a soft golden fried”aloo”(potato).

Pocket pinch: ₹550 for two people (approx.) *

 

All these restaurants will certainly offer you the rich taste of culture and heritage that Kolkata holds dear from long. The food of Kolkata has got all the love and compassion that we Bengalis have in our hearts. A visit to these restaurants will take you to the roller coaster ride of history and tradition, and will certainly fathom all your love with its delectable taste.Don’t forget to let us know, how helpful was this post for you people. Leave your ideas in the comments section and do visit these places for some really good food.

 

*Exclusive of applicable taxes and charges, if any

 

Contributed by- Pranab Paul

Edited by- Debolina Ghosh

Be Your First Love

“Self love is an ocean and your heart is a vessel. Make it full, and any excess will spill over into the lives of the people you hold dear. But you must come first.”

~  Beau Taplin ||Self Love 

The title “Be Your First Love” may seem very catchy and may eventually garner lot of attention. But believe me or not, at some point of our lives it’s one of the toughest things we could have ever done. Think of such situations or times when loving ourselves was the toughest thing to do. The loneliness which can break you apart in those sleepless nights, can fix your heart at times like nothing. The heart and body which we will have to carry till grave is our own, yet falling in love with ourselves accepting our shortcomings seems to be tough.

We as individuals are complex and full of passions, strengths, weaknesses and insecurities. Our life may seem perfect yet be full of hidden discomforts. Often these discomforts lead to insecurities, corroding our happy smiles. We may not be the best in all the roles we perform, but that’s just fine. Stop being covertly judgemental about yourself and stop fitting in every role.  At times loving yourself is a priority and your happiness should matter to you the most. Our happiness often becomes dependent on the people around us, making us vulnerable. People in our life can be a reason for our happiness, but should not be the ultimate source of it. Life doesn’t mean a box full of presents, but a road trip full of hurdles. Love your company and pamper yourself at those lazy weekends. Prepare a meal for yourself, watch your favourite movie or read a book which were planning to read from long. Take a trip through memory lane, pat your back for all the tough days you have successfully gone pass. Smile for those memories which made you cry, feel blessed!

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Be different, be real. Your individuality should not be boxed in the mainstream way to fit into societal norms. The do’s and don’ts shouldn’t be a way of framing your personality, be a soul full of energy – mature yet childish, messy at times but tough enough to handle the blows. Love yourself and celebrate the complex  and commendable piece of art we all are born as. Of all the things that bother you in life, the feeling of not being enough, is worst. Change yourself only if you feel to and never to fit in. Realise that you can’t get everything in one life, let few wishes be unfulfilled and smile for all the great things you have got. Smile and smile without reasons, have that infectious energy in your uncensored smile.

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By- Debolina Ghosh