The best mishti in Kolkata is still there!

Hot damn. I’m doing a little research this morning, looking for photo references for the comic. I was specifically looking to see if Google Maps had taken a pic of our road (Manicktola Street) or not (they hadn’t). My backup was finding other typical 3 story homes instead.

map of kolkata with our house

Naturally because the internet is involved this became a bittersweet rabbithole. It all started with the map:

It’s weird but cool that a Google Map exists of something that I only had in memory. I found our house pretty easily. I recall the names of a bunch of places:

  • Hedua Park, where a relative insisted that a giant octopus lived in the pond
  • Vivekananda Road, which I recall being busy as fook – and where I learned to cross roads
  • Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy – the best mishti shop around
  • Scottish College, which we’d walk by on the way to..
  • Beadon Street, where some relatives lived
  • the YMCA, where they had 1 poorly inflated basketball, depriving me the chance of being the best player on the court for once

I haven’t been to Kolkata since 1996 and I feel a big sense of loss. I’m not sure my grandmother will get to meet my kids in person. I feel pretty damn out of touch with a place that’s a collection of memories.
When I do finally make it back, after going to the house I’m making a beeline for the sweet shop (though I’m pretty certain there will be mishti waiting for us). I think the shop moved, I recall them being pretty close to the house on Vivekananda Road but perhaps that was a small branch.

Confectioner’s shop image source: Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy (56, Ramdulal Sarkar Street, near College Street Hedua park)

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Arp Laszlo

Hi, I’m Arp! I make comics and write about life as an Indian-American with late-diagnosis ADHD. I’m a self-taught and self-employed creator so I write a lot about art, learning, and entrepreneurial stuff that I’ve picked up along the way.

My stories are kinda weird, because that’s just how I am. My formative influences are Indian mythology, Batman, Tintin, 70s Bollywood, Ray Harryhausen, and Monty Python. There’s no way anything normal could come out of that, right?

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