As soon as I arrived in the city of joy, I had an unnerving experience with the Ola cab driver. I managed to see and admire Victoria’s Memorial, anyhow, on my way and met my friends at the arranged accommodation. It was a budget travel so my friend and I decided to stay at a PG facility in Bhawanipore. There I met a common friend who is a resident of Kolkata and she took it upon herself to make our experience in Kolkata worth cherishing! We went for lunch at 6th Ballygunj – Flavours of Kolkata and I was simply left in awe of the place! From the food to the tastefully done interiors, everything shouted ‘Bengal’ in that place and the start of our trip couldn’t have been better! From there we went to Birla Temple, Kalighat Temple, and Esplanade. I tried Grape Pulp Juice, Fire Paan, and freshly made Ice cream as well! On the first day, I couldn’t help but compare my previous encounters with the city and I was surprised to see how everything appears different when your perspective grows with age. I was able to appreciate the architecture, culture, lifestyle and authenticity of the place more!