Manjit Singh Hoonjan is a second generation Kolkatan, passionate about photography, meeting people and has an insatiable desire to know more. He dreams of a job travelling the world, and taking pictures of all that he experiences. He runs a special interest tour company in Kolkata called Calcutta Photo Tours.
Yuletide and Kolkata always had a special relation – the twinkling fairy lights on Park Street, the carols in the historic churches, the cakes from Flurys (Ph: 033 4000 7453) and Nahoums (Ph: 033 6526 9936) and the special menus in every restaurant and club. In Kolkata, everyone celebrates Christmas!
The run up to Christmas starts nearly a month in advance. The city’s Anglo-Indian households get into the festive mood and preparations start for the big day ahead – or Burra Din as it is called here. The excitement in and around New Market is palpable. Baubles, bells, toy Santas and of course the faux fir trees are aplenty. Cake shops are busy with the cake mixing – in fact Flurys has a cake mixing ceremony which takes place a month before Christmas where all the various dried fruits are mixed with juices and rum. The city’s meat shops also get busy with the preparation of salt beef.