Afternoons in Calcutta are as lazy as they can get. After having that delicious, filling, albeit often not so healthy lunch or “mid-day” meal you cannot help but feel that sense of lethargy creeping into the body. It begins with the eyelids feeling heavy, followed by successive yawns and finally, your body muscles cannot take it any more and you just want to jump into the nearest bed that you can find (obviously, home is where the heart is, but still). It’s called a ‘nap’ or ‘siesta’ to put it simply, and it makes you, or atleast should make you energized and refreshed for the rest of the evening. In this city, the afternoon siesta is a luxury for some, and a necessity for others. Whatever you may be doing, resting or shutting your eyes for atleast a few minutes in the day is an absolute necessity (atleast i feel so).

The funny thing is, we all end up behaving (and being) like quintessential cats at that certain time of the day, and adopt the habits of our feline friends either consciously or unconsciously. 😅😅


Kayaking at Eco Park

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to witness a slightly windy, but perfectly sunny day to go out for an outing with friends. Having nothing to do after the semester exams ended last week, I suggested that we pay a visit to Ecological, otherwise known as ‘Eco’ park situated in Rajarhat on the outskirts of Kolkata. It is hardly a  40 minutes distance from my home and moreover my friend has his own car so it would be no big deal for him to pick me up. With Sumit and me joined another school friend of his, Akash who studies in Chennai but visits Kolkata, his hometown every new year.

So, at around 2 in the afternoon I was picked up from my place and then with Akash in the backseat we drove straight to Eco Park for an enlightening afternoon.

It is quite a picturesque location, with green grass and long sidewalks all along and was pretty decently occupied with holiday-makers and even a large group of schoolchildren. However, after paying 20 rupee fee we walked in and started making our way to where the rides and activities were going on.

There is a large water-body to be found at one side of Eco Park on which you will most likely find large floating Zorb-balls, transparent balloons into which one could fit oneself and jump around in the water as a form of recreation and excercise. 017020

We, the three of us, initially decided to try out Archery, a non-water sport but one which requires great skill nonetheless. Each of us could target the board a total of 5 times each and so after buying the ticket worth 50 bucks, we took turns to shoot at the aim.

Although none of us shot successfully at the bull’s eye, I got pretty close to one of the centre rings at my third shot.


After those 5 rounds, Sumit suggested that we go Kayaking! I was surprised to find it as one of the sports available in that place, it being one of the not-so-regular activities found in India. Akash didn’t wish to take part, so it was just Sumit and me who ended up sitting in a 2-seater narrow and long kayak made of wood most likely. We “set sail” and went all around the water body for a duration of 30 minutes. It was probably the most funhat day with us rocking against the waves yet making our way through with the paddles. We did get the hang of it by the end!


After this particular experience, we did not stay for much longer because it was nearing sun-down. So instead we went bowling at City Centre 2, which is also closeby to Eco Park.

On the whole, I had an awesome day with some new friends I made recently 🙂