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Heat, humidity and age do not matter when it comes to tasting the king of fruits. Chaya Banerjee and her daughter Antara came all the way from Jadavpur only for Mango Mania. “When we read about the rare varieties of mango from Murshidabad that would be here, we decided to come. How can one give up a chance to try such exotic mangoes that are not easily available in the local market?” said Antara, who along with her mother, polished off Mango Sandwich from Big Rolls, Mango Chop from Kalika, Mango Ice Cream from Pabrai’s Fresh & Naturelle Ice Creams and Mango Sherbet from Sikdar Juice Centre

Fastest eater first was the motto for Priyanka Bhowmick and Kaushik Banerjee on Saturday evening. The task: eat a mango and show the seed (sans the pulp). The first one to do so would get one Kohitur mango. Kaushik from Behrampore, Murshidabad, was the winner

Aviraj Kumar Dugar wanted to have his mango and eat it too! The four-year-old couldn’t wait to taste the mangoes — Anaras, Champa and Bimli — father Amit had bought. “His father is also a mango maniac as he was born and raised in Jiaganj, Murshidabad,” said mother Enakshi. Like father, like son!

Dhruv Sinha drops in at City Centre Salt Lake with mother Lipika every Saturday after practising at 22 Yards, Sourav Ganguly’s cricket academy. This time they were in for a mangolicious surprise as they stepped into the Kund area. The Virat Kohli fan shared a glass of Mango Shake from Sikdar Juice Centre and Mango Fish Chop from Kalika with his mother before heading for “some more mango treats”

“I am not just a mango lover, I am a mango fanatic. I will try everything available at this festival,” declared commerce student Shreya Pandey, who had come to the Salt Lake mall with her parents and aunt. The Dum Dum resident liked Mango Doi from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick and Mango Sandesh from Nalin Chandra Das & Sons

Marion and Krishna Pramanik from Munich, Germany, love Bengal’s mangoes but “sadly don’t get them in Germany”. So when they read about Mango Mania in The Telegraph after landing in Calcutta, they made sure they didn’t miss the event. “I hate sweating but I don’t mind when I can have mangoes. We are staying at Vedic Village and having mangoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” smiled Marion, in between bites of a Paneer Mango Roll from Big Rolls

Samarpita Banerjee, a Class XI student of The Heritage School, was there with Suvojit Patra, a student of NIT Durgapur. The two tried the Mango Fish Fry from Kalika and loved it. “It is totally different and the taste is awesome. I have never had anything like this before. We started with the dessert and moved on to the fries. We had Mango Rabdi and have come all the way from Howrah just for Mango Mania,” said Samarpita, whose favourite mangoes are Alphonso and Himsagar

Text by Sibendu Das and Shweta Keshri
Pictures by B. Halder and Anindya Shankar Ray