Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ramzaan, Calcutta, 2008

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.


Anonymous said...

The newly harvested fruits look so fresh and tasty.Valance

Gregg Allen said...

Love the photos. Just recently discovered your blog, and am enjoying dipping into it. I spent one year in Calcutta (1972). I was 21 years old, and living at the "Hotel de Papa," on Ho Chi Minh Sarani (formerly Harrington Street). At that time, I think there was an elected Communist government, and they apparently had a sense of humor (renaming the street where the American Consulate was). I got the joke, and it makes me smile to this day. My dad worked for USIS, and Calcutta was his last assignment. He retired in 1973 after serving 11 years in India, in New Delhi, Trivandrum, and Calcutta. I spent much of my childhood in India as a result, and it has left its indelible stamp on me and my family. Keep up the good work. I will share your blog with my friends.