Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kolkata Chronicles - Day 2

19th October


We started the day a tad late. That's cos' yours truly was well and truly tired after Day 1. SO Mom and sups did the needful as I caught on to some well deserved beauty sleep.
The pretty woman all decked up!
So then we headed out to the BB Block pandal to offer pushpanjali. We were the last ones (11AM) and the crowds had already departed. So we got exclusive visitation rights and it was a one on one communion!


Then it was time to come and relax before heading out to do PANDAL VISITS and PICKLE TASTING
With Ma at Maddox Square!
It was a long'n'hectic day - ending up at Pallavi & Arjyos place....

With pallavi... this one will go on Page 3 in the Times of India!
We headed home after that.. picking up a bottle of wine on the way!!
It was our 6 month anniversary after all....
papa takes a glass of wine... from Sups!
Family of 4 finally finished a bottle of nice red wine!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Kolkata Chronicles - Day 1

18th October

It wasn't easy getting to Kolkata. I didn't sleep all nite...so we wouldn't miss the flight!
We did reach the airport and made the flight - but it was a touch 'n' go affair!
A smooth flight later - we touched base at home in Kolkata at 0730 hrs!

Time for ma to do a lil welcome home puja for the kidz!

Spent the ifrst few hours recuperating - before we decided to do some pandal visits.
The rain gods decided otherwise.. and sent us a belter...it started pouring cats'n'dogs!
We got home and it was time for Sups to help Ma with the Puja preparation!
The panditji arrives and starts strutting his stuff!!
The kidzzzz arrive - well, not all of them are kids!
it's not my fault!!! Kaki and Pishi - having a few words!!
cosyying up!!
Family power snack in progress
This was followed up by a visit to CITY CENTRE - the neighborhood mall and then some pandal hopping!!
Point of note - there were hhour long queues to enter the hogwarts pandal...my wife walks right in.. as if she owns the place.... and nobody stops us!!
We just followed in the wake!! That was fun!

I got to eat candy floss after ages - i still love it - though it is difficult to clean the lil - lil bits that tend to stick to my developing beard!
The Hogwarts Pandal was nice.. from the outside - quite garish from the inside!!

The kids finally got home by nine.. and it was time for everyone to leave....since most distances in Kolkata are measured in hours... at least at Puja time!!
So we all gang up near papa for one last pic....!!
Then it was time for my prawn dinner...... and no - I was not in the sharing mood.... i'd been looking forward to it since July ....and it wsa worth the wait.. one recipe that I definitely have to master!!

No pics here... cos' i was too busy eating!!