Thursday, March 29, 2012

Kolkata Calling

Time to go back to the sedate life in a city where even the dogs are slow…

Time to go back to the familiar Kalighat Metro Station and shudder at the thought of Bob Biswas creeping up behind me…

Time to go back to Chetla Park where I used to run around as a three-year-old while my parents sat on the grass munching on chana…

Time to go back to the smiling face of the sweet shop owner who tells me how much I have grown every time he sees me, even though I haven’t grown at all in the last nine years…

Time to go back to my favourite Puchka stall and binge on the REAL puchka, cursing the lame versions of Panipuri and Golgappa in Bombay and Delhi respectively…

Time to go back to the single screen theatres of Priya and Nandan to watch a Bengali movie, feeling out of place…

Time to go back to Golpark and Gariahat and Jadavpur, smiling at the memories of the stolen moments with school friends…

Time to go back to Park Street and suddenly get in touch with my Bohemian side…

Time to go back to the usual arguments with mom as she pesters me to get married/wear ‘decent’ clothes/come home before 8 p.m./go jogging at an ungodly 5 a.m./visit relatives I don’t want to visit…

Time to go back the usual ‘deep discussions’ with dad as he takes away my trashy novels and forces ‘Europe Between Wars’ down my throat/explains complicated excel sheets while I pretend to care/gives me 107 reasons why Bengal is going to hell as I fall asleep/enthusiastically insists on making “Cricket World 11” team for BOTH Tests and ODIs though I staunchly refuse…

Time to go back home after 1.5 years…

Time to go back to Kolkata…

4 comments:

Carpe Diem! said...

I want to go too!!!! (Minus the Bob Biswas factor.) But I definitely want Puchka! Bring some lovely Bengali sweets for the East-deprived Bombayites. ::long sigh::

Smita said...

Have a safe journey & freak out :)

Rachit Aggarwal said...

Nice one and nostalgic. Please read my one of similar article
http://atlasshrugged-eccentric.blogspot.in/2011/12/joy-of-living-in-small-cities.html?showComment=1323107388580#c8085760326819394276

Don't mind as every time i ask you to check my blog but because my post is so similar and nostalgic in nature that i can't control.

Nefertiti said...

@carpe diem

u should definitely definitely make a trip to kolkata...

@smita
thank you.

@rachit
i did check it out. i guess the theme of nostalgia runs in each of us living away from home. so don't apologize.