Calcutta has always been known for its heavenly
sweet shops, its mystic Durga Puja and the famous Howrah Bridge! But when I got
to the internet, I came across another beautiful corner of this sugary city
which is located right below the elegant Bridge - the flower market!
The Mullick Ghat flower market feels like an elephantine bouquet
came to life! I reached right on time around 4 am when the flower vendors were
just opening their bundles of fresh flowers. As they sprinkled freshwater onto
the stack of flowers, the whole ambiance was beautified with the scent of
graceful roses, delicate sunflowers, pleasant marigolds, and sparkly
While I was relishing the after-rain dewy scent
of the market, the crowd started pouring in and the real business began. I
eavesdropped few of the conversations as it was fun and insightful to see
how the locals bargained although it was difficult to take my eyes off the
I bought a bundle of radiant roses, musky
daisies, and some carnations before I went off for my long walk on the Bridge
overlooking the adjacent bathing Ghats and wrestling matches.