Five Things to miss about Kolkata Winters!!!
I love Mumbai, and I love being a part of its maddening life. May be the madness intrigues me to be mad myself. But I miss Kolkata, especially this time of the year. Why? Well there is something about the winters in my city of joy, which completely tend to miss in this city of dreams. Because unfortunately there is no winter here!! The November sun sets us on the tandoor and makes a yummy feast out of us, though December is milder...so here's me dreaming to be under the quilt, though the very thought makes me sweat...literally!! and writing about what I miss about the winters...with the fan on in full speed....phew!!!
Winter quadruples your energy, you can have loads more fun and not limited by the boundaries of tiredness...and this is specially applicable to people like me...with a bad migraine...and with sun as my enemy...so following is a list of the activities I miss out...when West Bengal soaks in the luxury of coffee, picnics and more.
1. My mommy special coffee...
yup its at the top of the list. My Mom makes heavenly coffee, which is true for all seasons. But the taste is different when you sit with the quilt around you, cuddled in the most loved corner of your bed and sip ceremoniously without missing an iota of relish. What? Can correlate?...obviously you will!!!
2. Soaking in the sun after a hasty bath...
since I have shifted to the western part of our colorful nation, sun has always been dreaded and hated by me...besides the days of prolonged monsoon...when fungus seems to build even on your skin...well not literally. But back at home in Kolkata and more so during my childhood days in Kulti (Read: My Dreamy Childhood) I have enjoyed my date with the soothing warmth of the afternoon sun and playing/gossiping with friends. And later sleeping under a warm quilt, which was under the sun since morning...for the heavenly afternoon siesta..Miss that warmth!!
3. Bhanrer Cha (Tea in Clay Cups)...
Being a student of engineering in Kolkata, how can I miss out the luxury of drinking, heavenly, milky tea in classical clay cups. Just not possible right? The taste of that tea manifolds when there is a delectable chill in the air and warmth of casual discussion, mockery with college friends. Ohh!!! Seems like a dream which I had once lived. Miss it badly!
4. Exotic Food...
Kolkata is a haven for food lovers and when it is winter and digestive system is in its best form, how would you miss Phulkopir Singara (cauliflower Samosa), Koraishutir Kochuri (Green peas Kachauri)...if you have the god damn tongue inside your mouth? how?
Green peas Kachauri
5. Choruibhati (Picnics)...
The real exuberance of picnics come out only during winters. Since childhood the chill in the air, told us that some happy moments are round the corner...it was picnic time. The breakfast in picnic bus, the badminton, the musical chair....everything is missed out. Who wants to sweat it out in a summer picnic!
Every season has a beauty of its own, while I enjoy the greenery of the monsoons in Mumbai, I miss winters badly, so I make it a point to visit Kolkata at-least once during the cold season and enjoy my mommy special coffee and luxury of writing with the quilt on, forcing Ma to sit by me as I write and sip. But this year I am missing this ceremonious rendezvous with the chill, feeling low and sad!!!!
Happy Winters Everyone!!!