I had written two years ago about the gastronomic delights of Ramzaan in Calcutta. That was about the locality around the Nakhoda Mosque, on Chitpur Road. But for me, Ramzaan ki raunaq (the sparkle of Ramzaan) means the area around the Muslim Institute (off Haji Mohammad Mohsin Road). The lanes come alive, bedecked with streetside shops selling everything people buy for the coming Eid celebrations, and of course all the food stalls.
Last Sunday, I was there, to bid farewell to my friend Hasnain who was leaving for the US on a Fulbright scholarship. It was late afternoon, and people were busy shopping for fruits and vegetables for the approaching iftaar (fast breaking). A feast for the eyes (and nose). So, out came the camera and I clicked away, to share something of Ramzaan ki raunaq.