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Sweet Saturday at Salt Lake Mall

From first-timers who fell in love at first taste to ‘gurholics’ who swore by their choice of kara paak or naram paak, City Centre Salt Lake saw more than 80,000 people going umm… over 40 varieties of nolen gur delicacies on offer from a dozen mishti-makers from across the city and its suburbs at Nolen Gur-er Misti Festival, presented by t2 and City Centre. The festival is on today, 1pm to 9pm

Jadavpur residents Sandip and wife Shelley had come to watch Gunday and decided to indulge their sweet tooth. “Sandip holo mishtir poka. He never leaves a chance to have good mishti,” said Shelley. No wonder, when Metro found the couple, they had already had Gur-er Souffle from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick, Jalbhara from Surya Kumar Modak, Pati Sapta from KC Das and Malai Roll from Mouchak and were ready for more. “We hope to cover all the stalls by evening,” said Sandip

(From left) Sisters Mithu, Shirley, Shakun and Arnna had a sweet reunion on Saturday. Shirley stays in Mumbai and Shakun in Toronto. Both have come to Calcutta to meet Mithu and Arnna, who brought them to City Centre Salt Lake to sample nolen gur-er mishti. “This is the first time I am tasting nolen gur sandesh and it is out of the world!” smiled Shakun while polishing off Gur-er Kachagolla from Nalin Chandra Das & Sons

“Mishtir poka noi, mishtite dhoka ami,” declared Arka Sarkhel, in between polishing off a tub of 10 Gur-er Rasagollas from Surya Kumar Modak at one go. Fiancee Smritikana Biswas was content playing spectator. “I am not a mishti lover but I love looking at him enjoying his mishti,” she said

Samiksha Sharma is just one-year-five-months old and had never shown a liking for sweets till Saturday. “She never eats mishti at home but today she seems to be liking the Nolen Gur Ice Cream from Pabrai’s,” said mother Rini, a Dum Dum resident

Buddhadeb Basu stays in New Jersey and has come to Calcutta on a month’s vacation. His friends Bipradas and Pushpal dragged him to City Centre to try some nolen gur-er mishti. “My wife will reach Calcutta on Monday. So I have packed those sweets that I liked today,” said Basu, while relishing Rajnandini from Surya Kumar Modak and Gur-er Souffle from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick

Childhood friends Spandita Ghosh (left) and Atreyee Kundu love nolen gur-er mishti. That was reason enough for the two to head for City Centre Salt Lake on Saturday evening. They visited each and every stall and settled for Makha Sandesh from Nalin Chandra Das & Sons, Gur-er Souffle from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick. “We will go around and try some more,” promised the duo

Gur-er Shots from Gupta Brothers, Gur-er Paturi from Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick, Talshas Sandesh from Surya Kumar Modak, Baked Sandesh from Nepal Sweets, Gur-er Rabri from Mouchak… the list continues for Salt Lake resident Sriya De. The engineering student came with her friend Jagari to try “at least one mishti” from each stall. “I have also got some packed for home,” she said

Text by Sibendu Das.
Pictures by Bhubaneswarananda Halder