Know as the elephant god, a man’s body with an elephant head is almost always depicted with a bit of a potbelly (a paunch). He is a sated character and I was too after my South Indian style lunch of Marsala Dosa from the South Indian Club Canteen.
The Dosa is like a crispy crepe made with fermented lentil flour batter, cooked on a flat iron then stuffed with in my case some spicy potatoes and served with Sambar (a spicy split peas soup) and coconut chutney. It is considered a breakfast food or light snack. It is really a full meal.
Monday evening my friend Michelle arrived from Singapore. She is one of the artists in the exhibition. I was invited to dinner at Abhijit’s home. He is the director of Khoj. We had a tasty late night dinner and then a tour of all the important building of Kolkata at 2:AM. Abhijit said it was the best time to drive in the city and true there was very little traffic but it was a bit difficult to see the writers building in the dark. Still the city has a warm eeriness with the fog rolling in from the Ganges and the orange colored mercury vapor lights.