|Let the rain kiss you.|
Pic: Nayan Basu
My relationship with rain go back a long way: ever since I was a little kid. I vividly remember my mother and grandmother getting angry each time I returned home from school fully drenched from head to shoes. It was not that I didn't have an umbrella, but I'd always loved getting wet in the rain. During a rainy day nothing beats the comfort of sitting by the window side and watching the pitter-patter of the raindrops. Nothing is more satisfying than inhaling the fragrance of wet earth and feeling the cool breeze in your face, with a cup of hot coffee.
To my great delight, today it rained more than I expected, bringing much needed relief from the scorching heat. For few hours at least, life turns bearable again.
However, with the monsoons and all its romanticism, come other freebies: water logging, train delays, traffic stagnation, dirty water all over the roads, roof leaks, laziness, late to office, couple walking in the rain under an umbrella and finally one, or both of them falling sick, kids going to school; body covered in raincoats, football rises from darkness and cricket takes a backseat, poets get inspired to think, damp rooms, half-dry underwear dying for some sunlight, cheap Alphonso mangoes, costly Hilsha, photographers delight …..
|Khichuri, Ilish Bhaja, Alu Bhaja|
(Pic: Dwaipayan Ghosh Dastidar)
But, amidst all these gloom, there's hope! Yes, it's true that monsoons in Kolkata can get really messy at times, as it is with any other cities in India (I heard Delhi and Mumbai can be even worse). One of the best ways to spice up a typical rainy day in Kolkata, as the thunders roll at a distance and rains threaten to flood the lane near your house, is to indulge in some traditional bengali delicacies.
What better way to pamper your taste buds than a plate of hot Khichuri along with Potol Bhaja, Beguni, Alo Bhaja, and of course chunks of Mach Bhaja crisply-fried?