My family was friends with a lot of Bengali families during my childhood years. I was also friends with a lot of Bengali kids, whose moms always made 'Maccher Jhol' and 'Bhat' (Bengali for a type of fish curry dish served with white rice). They also told me stories about how nicer it was than where we lived (in Bihar at that time).
Only it was in 2013 that I replayed their stories and reconnected with their narratives. This city has deep roots: in history, culture, literature, music, sculptor, cuisine, politics, and what not. And 'Maccher Jhol' with 'Bhat' can be one hell of a spicy yet delicious thing to eat!