People, sketchbook

To new friends

Two people, who have since become dear friends, began their entry into my life with the following introductions:

friends

What pressure, now I see, for me to be the messenger of “new things” in their lives. Novelty, thy middle name should be “Soo”.

Have you ever given a thought to why you become friends with someone?

From the sketchbook called Captivity, Feb 2017.

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Food, NID

La Bella

This is part of a continuing series on food in NID. Here’s Part 1: Mess food and Part 2: Jamalpur. So, to begin where we left off –

When the mess food would grow increasingly poisonous, we would escape to another favorite place: La Bella.

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This humble place in Khanpur Lal Darwaza was (is? let me know) a haven which cured many an appetite tired of the tasteless campus food.

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It was popular with students of all sorts, and we would often meet friends who had escaped with the same idea.

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La Bella is run by Aunty, an old Goan lady and Anna, her helper.  With no other help, and in this dim little kitchen, she would prepare the mouthwatering food that some of us truly dreamed about.

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Our favorite dishes were mutton dry chilli fry, mutton masala, chicken masala, pork vindaloo, mutton cutlets and the delish fruit salad.

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