Bonding over Bongness

To quote the poet himself, on his death anniversary,

I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times…
In life after life, in age after age….. forever.

The lines somehow wonderfully essays the love story of a bengali and his fish.

No wonder, that a true bong, at least once in his lifetime, has gotten into a heated ‘BANGAL VS GHOTI’ argument, with his friends or family. Also a blue-blooded Bangal (hailing from the erstwhile East Bengal ), knows just when to play his trump card ….. ‘Ilish mach’ (Hilsa fish) and win this argument hands down ! However, there is no denying, that the same ‘ilish’, be it from the Padma, or the Ganga, has bonded bengalis in a strangely delicious way.

Yes, l love my fish, and can very well kill for my slice of the ‘queen of fishes’, and thus an ordinary  summer afternoon today became extraordinary with Ilishious’ – a food fest in Pallymangal Puja grounds, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata. The Festival  is on  from 8th to 9th August 2015.

There are stalls by 6 Ballygunge place, Aaheli, Kewpie’s, Fish Fish, Puran Dhaka, to name a few … and for the nitpicking ones, who want to cook their fish on their own, there are vendors selling beauties, fresh out of the Padma ! There are mouth watering options for those with the sweet-tooth as well, with Nalin , Balaram et al up with their creations. Sharing  moments of this delicious afternoon.

Ilish MacH Bhaja

Ilish Mach Bhaja
Ilish Biriyani
Doi Ilish (Hilsa in Yogurt Gravy)
Ilisher Dim Bhaja (Fried Hilsa Eggs)
Ilish Bhapa (Steamed Hilsa)
Ilish Patisapta
Catch them fresh
Sweet Meats
Mishti Mach

So ‘Bongosontans‘ (children of bengal) chuck your ‘gaser asudh’ (antacids), for a day, and rush, lest you miss the chance to romance with the Queen of Fishes.


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