Now this just HAS to be the apt title for this little weekend trip of ours : Sreemoyee, Nandini and yours truly. Why? Keep on reading and you will know why!
A holiday in Kolkata sounds quite absurd for us, but that is what we were doing in Kolkata this time. With the deadline to go back to Singapore coming closer, we needed to go somewhere.... do something. And out of this need sprang the idea of a Shantiniketan trip. So off we were to explore our cultural side... a side filled with .. "I love you, like I hate you".... "Current marti hain"!!!! Very cultural.
Sealdah-Rampurhat Maa Tara Express took us there, Mark and Meadows provided a place to stay. So we reached Bolpur on the 2nd of July, Saturday. Reached the hotel and crashed... we were sleepy. Early morning trains do that to you. But the thing is that when I got up from sleep I saw that Sreemoyee and Nandini were too busy chatting away in their room!!! When girls get together... sigh!!! had some nice lunch and then we set out in the slight drizzle to see the place. Nandini knew about this place called Alcha at Ratanpalli, a boutique and a cafe run by a few people she knew and we decided to go there. A beautiful boutique, with lovely clothes, colourful and earthy. Did some light shopping and had some dinner at the Alcha Cafe. A quaint little cafe, thatched roof and good food. Quite brilliant. For more info : http://www.alchastore.com/. All this was done with the eternal refrain, the by-now-quite-famous song from Delhi Belly.. "I love you, like I hate you". Nandini loves it, I love it and by now Sreemoyee loved it too!!! Back to the hotel room, the focus shifted to general adda and some more "I love you, like I hate you" and a new addition .. "Buddha Hoga tera Baap"!!!
Next morning we were off to do some more sight-seeing. Hailed a cycle rickshaw and was told that they would charge Rs 700 for the trip. Yeah.... that is not a typo!!! We decided to walk it and reached the Shilpagram complex, a place where rural India has been very beautifully portrayed. Almost all states of the country have been beautifully represented with miniature sculptures and historical artifacts. Then the Khoai area where a few Bengali movies have been filmed (read Paglu and Poran Jaye Joliya Re). A beautiful place filled with Sonajhuri and Eucalyptus trees, Khoai literally pulls you back to an era of peace and tranquility. Stopped there to take some photos and some more of "I love you. like I hate you". :P
Amar Kutir was next. A shop famous for handicrafts of that area. Lovely sarees and kurtas can be bought here. Although the sarees can be a bit expensive, you can get good kurtas over here for Rs 200-250. But by now it was getting late as we had to catch the 6.30pm Ganadevta Express to Howrah.
Bolpur station looked quite sad to let us go... or was it the other way around? We were leaving the place after quite a memorable 1 and half days spent. Had to come back to the vacation in Kolkata.... and look forward to the Rath Yatra trip to Puri!! :D
So for all you friends... I love you, like I hate you!!!