Friday, April 06, 2012


You know how they say that it is because of Twitter that the number of blog posts have gone down.

Well, today is the day blogs pull back one of their own. For here is a post inspired by a Twitter trend.

Sometime earlier today, self-confessed Calcutta lover @thesatbir started the hashtag #ThingsILoveAboutKolkata innocently enough. "Please contribute," his tweet read.

What followed was bizzare. The topic trended at number one in India for most of the afternoon and it is almost seven hours later that the hashtag is still trending at the number 3 spot as I type this.

There was no way I could've put together *ALL* the things people said, but here are some of my favourites:

  • #ThingsILoveAboutKolkata That I cannot fit in 140 characters (@diptakirti)
  • Balwant Singh Dhaba ka chai, doodh cola and old Sardarji at the counter (@anushreekejriwa)
  • Usha Uthup (@vijaypandey)
  • Flury's
  • 'Bhar' (earthen pots)
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Saurav Ganguly (Dada)
  • Yellow Ambassadors as taxis
  • White sarees with red borders
  • Tarka dal at Azad Hind Dhaba (@kavibhansali)
  • Maacher jhol
  • 'Roshogulla'
  • 'Sondesh'
  • 'Mishti Doi'
  • K C Das
  • Ind vs. Aus 2001 test match Dravid and Laxman (@dev8th)
  • The Bengali accent
  • Calcutta paan

And here are some that I put forth myself:

  • Fuchka
  • Bob Biswas
  • Jhaal Muri
  • College girls in bright sarees on Saraswati Puja day
  • Netaji's statue
  • Eden Gardens
  • @seemantinibose pointed out "In a packed bus "Dada ektu shore darate parchen na?" and the fight starts :)" which reminded me of my friend Rahul Chawra's (@srahula) debate histrionics when he said the following
  • Conductor shouting at the driver, "AASHTE.... LADIES... KOLE BACCHA..!!"
  • Coffee House-er shei adda ta
  • A. C. Market
  • 'Daak naam' aar 'Bhaalo naam'
  • Mahisasurmardini on radio on Mahalaya mornings


Bubblegum.... said...

Tumtum?????? Well my maternal side used to dwell in the so-called-populated-still-lovable city some years before! :D Now all are in Ahmedabad but still some relatives are there! Planning this year to visit the city of 'Mudi'!

Shekhar said...

Oh its a wonderful place to visit, if one can find the beauty in it. :) Nice, warm people.