Ever since the beginning of March 2018, I have been frequently travelling out of Kolkata.
However, on Tuesday 20/3/2018 evening, I had to crisscross Kolkata from Beliaghata (near Salt Lake Stadium) to Behala and back.
The onward ride was via EM Bypass - Park Circus connector - Syed Amir Ali Avenue - Gariahat Road - Golpark - Lake Gardens flyover - Prince Anwar Shah Road - Deshpran Sasmal Road - Tollygunge Metro Station - Karunamoyee - B.L.Saha Road - Siritee crossing - Bire...n Roy Road East - Behala.
The return ride was via James Long Sarani - Taratala crossing - Diamond Harbour Road - Mominpore - Judge's Court Road - Alipore Road - Bhawani Bhawan - Presidency Jail - D.L.Khan Road - AJC Bose Road Flyover - Maa Flyover - EM Bypass - Metropolitan Co-operative Society - Beliaghata.
I was stunned to see atleast 6 'new' digital speed check boards (in addition to the 3 - 4 which were in existence earlier), installed and operational in this 35 kms scooter ride in my faithful 27 yrs old machine on wheels.
In some of the 'special' areas, bikers belonging to privileged class of the society (in the present regime) were seen zooming around without helmets at high speed.
The speed guns are possibly programmed to switch off on sensing the movements of these special citizens.
- Ostensibly, the purchase & installation of these gadgets to check overspeeding will only fill up the coffers of some corrupted people and also the government in West Bengal.
- There will be no drop in the number of major or minor automobile accidents in Kolkata.
Can you recall the installation of any new speedchek boards in your regular journey route(s) within Kolkata & Greater Kolkata wef March 2018?
Can you specifically mention the locations where these gadgets have been put up?
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Beautiful 2 storied mud house in #Birbhum district, #WestBengal, #India.
Note the sprawling balcony on the first floor.
Photo credit: Prof. Arunava Das.
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Wondering who on IndianRoadie can read German.
Found this bottle with inflammable automotive consumable content made in Germany tucked somewhere in my VW Vento. The bottle with the unused content was returned by the VW Service Centre in Kolkata after the last service months ago.
Is it Brake Oil or what?
Can anybody explain in simple terms how to open the cap of the 'Made in Germany' plastic bottle of 'G12 Plus Plus' coolant liquid used in Volkswagen, Skoda Auto, Audi cars in India.
Barely 500 ml of the content out of 1300 ml was used by the VW workshop in Kolkata about a year ago.
The remaining 800 ml is still there in the bottle. I (Deep Banerjee) want to top up the coolant chamber of my car.
A hasty sight, shared herewith, prompted a nasty craving that climaxed in this tasty post.
- Knock knock.
- Who is this? I’m not home.
- So you are the famous elusive Supari-killer? I have a job in hand to offer…to bump ***** off.
- That’s not easy…...
- That’s why it’s you. Your fee?
- Total One lakh ‘gorom’ Singaras to be supplied every Saturday exactly at 9 in the morning over next five years! You do the math. Agreed?
- Done deal.
That’s the power of Singara…the best of it can make one kill.
Behind every child's pleading for a Singara lurks a wish to be treated like an elder. By the same token an elder summons memories of bygone days while biting into a smoky Singara. Unlike many of its kindred fries, Singara represents a nostalgia that we all have lived in varying degrees. It deservedly enjoys the distinction of having stood by the Bengalis through thick and thin – be it love, hate or rebellion! The sight of a golden brown Singara - delicately wrapped in dough an eclectic filling made of spices, love, potatoes, peas, and often cauliflowers and then fried in oil – with corners aesthetically broken and blunted and served on a sunny Saturday morning seems a visual ode to the spirit of Kolkata…
Two variants of Singaras rule the city’s discriminating palate – firstly the Bengali ones - daintier, smaller and mystical and, as I feel, more rounded in taste - and the Samosa [its non-Bengali ilk]. A sincere bite into a typical Bengali singara would call up a host of culinary conjectures around the secrets of its indelicate yet captivating taste. Besides the usual ingredients I always prefer this delicacy with a dash of coriander and ginger. For the uninitiated, alleys of North Kolkata are the seats of the superlative Singaras known to humankind.
So, would the Samosa go unsung today? A lazy morning walk in Burrabazar neighbourhood would land a seeker, keen on trying out the Nepolean of Samosas, in front of Tewari’s. Samosas carry a blackish stuffing with the potatoes mashed completely and roasted in a big wok before being laced with garam masala causing the blackness. The mix is then, as usual, stuffed into dough, shaped and deep fried in ghee. Samosas are typically crispier and VERY spicy and taste best when had with sweet tamarind 'Chatni'.
On a personal note, I have had opportunities of trying Singara and its ilk out in other parts of the country and none carried even a semblance of the culinary subtlety that Bengali Singaras had in plenty in every bite of it.
Enough about the Raga! Now you must know when it should be sung…
Singaras taste incontestably better over the weekends – particularly when savoured with tea served in earthen tea-pot - lounging on a rickety wooden bench in a roadside eatery.
This ode is intended as much to remind as to remember the nobility of Telebhajas of Kolkata…
Content courtesy: Abhik Bhattacharya.
Chaksam Bridge is a must see during a drive to Tawang through the Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh.
It's the only one of its kind in India and there are only 2 chain bridges of this kind in the whole world! It was built in the 14th century.
When lawkeepers become lawbreakers in the southern fringes of a metropolitan city, viz Kolkata, who is going to save you during exigencies on the state/ national highways anywhere in India?
When in #Udaipur, #Rajasthan what should you eat and where?
Krishna Dal Bati in #Udaipur is the place where some IndianRoadie followers had Rajasthan's famous Dal Bati Churma with lasan ki chutney and said that the preparation was yummy.
Ask localites to get to Hathipole Market.
You can have traditional Rajasthani Thali at Neelam Restaurant, Udaipur.
Lalbagh Restaurant, Udaipur is famous for Lal Maans (red meat).
KMB Bhojnalay, Fatehpura Circle, Udaipur serves unlimited quantity traditional Rajasthani veg Thali for about Rs75 only.
Upre Restaurant, a rooftop restaurant in Udaipur sees a huge rush of foodies every evening. At times one has to book in advance to get a seating space.
Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur is known for desi food.
Sukhadia Circle in the city is famous for street food.
It's only in IndianRoadie that road travel lovers can get such meticulous details.
Chandigarh to Muktsar Sahib via Ludhiana, Moga (i.e. via NH5 and SH16) is 260 kms (4 hrs 30 mins).
Photo credit: Amaan Singh Nagpal. ...
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