Feeling a little restless on seeing your Insta or Facebook feed being bombarded with snapseed edited - perfectly posed - picturesque locations of your friend's recent world tour?
Secretly cursing your boss for not getting that oh-so-badly-needed leaves?
Openly abusing your travel buddies for ditching you, 'again', with their lame excuses?
No worries, why not just have your own little rendezvous with your own city?
It really seems a weird idea in the beginning, wondering what can be so interesting in the city one lives but once in a while being a tourist in your own city really lifts up that otherwise crappy mood of yours!
Since I have recently moved back to Calcutta ( that's what I still prefer to call this one of a kind amalgamated city of olds and news), I often set out on my own and sometimes tag along with other equally inquisitive friends or acquaintances, often not a local, to explore the city all over again.
But the rule is pretty simple. On these days , I am no longer someone who is born and brought up in this city or speaks the native language but a tourist finding her way through the alleys and narrow lanes of the city, reading the tombstone in a certain cemetery, enjoying the road side "bharer" chai or losing the count of time while enjoying a special exhibition held at some venue in the city.
So, today I will give a glimpse of a random 'touristy' day of my life, in my city.
One must be already aware of the fact that the one thing that can inspire an otherwise laid back "Bangali" to wake up early in the morning apart from the sonorous voice of Birendra Krishna Bhadra at the dawn of Mahalaya, is their unconditional love for food.
So if you find a certain street in Central Calcutta, bustling with people, waiting impatiently to have absolutely delicious pork baos or hot momos, even at 5.00 am in the morning (since we are in the eastern zone, lucky to have early sunrise in the summers but in winters, this time might stretch a little to 6.00 am), don't be surprised, you are very much in Territy Bazar, a neighborhood in the central part of the city, once home to Chinese Indian nationals and a must visit if you are craving for some authentic Chinese breakfast.