Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Randomness in Calcutta

Had been reading the Fab & Funky Guide of Calcutta, it's part funny, part nostalgic, part true and couple of things wrong. Sometimes I wonder how these foreign tourists get some part of Calcutta culture very much right and how we Calcuttans fail to notice them. Sometimes we are even ashamed to admit it even. Like the alternative Calcutta tour some shady tour operators has been offering for couple of years; they include trip to not so popular bastees, only one temple (Kali temple in Kalighat) and lot of interaction with people (ok trip to Olypub or the Someplace Else can hardly be called as interaction with people, but still!!).

Found a fantastic Bengali Recipe site. Has lot of common and lesser known dish.

Tommorrow's agenda is to visit Chotu's shop. Now, this is really an interesting shop in Free School St. He has an amazing collection of pirated DVDs, VCDs and major artists in MP3 format. Plan to buy Battleship Potemkin and/or Cinema Paradiso.

Visited the Gibson Digital Guitar site. Have to really fiddle round it to understand the difference it's making.

Blues Brothers rule!!!! Downloaded couple of live performances today.

Now reading stuff on ASP.NET Custom Controls.

Me musing on life and times I had over the years today. Wanted to visit the museum and bargain the pirated books outside.

Let's see if I can make it this evening (bargaining part only - the museum will get closed by that time).

Been listening to Dave Matthews Band from the morning. At first I didn't like his music, but it slowly grows inside you. Wish I ever see him in a live performance.

Last night has started reading G K Chesterton's The Complete Father Brown. Very witty and very different kind of detective novels; written very much from human angle which in most of super sleuth novels gets overlooked. Very old world and little less victorian. Plan to finish the book by the weekend.

Want to buy Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. Got a mixed review from the friends. Let's see if I can get hold of a pirated Delhi-print copy!

Surya and I want to go out on coming satday to College St. for old book hunting and for the yummy sherbats at Paramount. It's been ages I've visited the place. My earliest memory of College St. is a visit with Sumit while we were in school. I remember me buying some Mad mags from the stalls and an old Life mag. After that we had cutlets & coffee in The India Coffee House and took the tram back to G'hat.

This reminds me of the quotation - Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. -Herbert Asquith

Watched Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and The Blues Brothers the last weekend. This weekend don't have any new CDs to watch. Planning to copy/buy any movie from Chotu's.

Food for Thought/Thought for Food: Why not start a professional gastronomic tour of the city for the travellers?

Music: Save me - Dave Matthews (feat.Trey Anastasio & Tim Reynolds)


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