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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Star-Lotus Eaters

Not just in the poem of Tennyson or in the short story of Maugham, there are lotus eaters among us also.

---- A Lady Selling Shapla Flowers at Lake Market, Rasbehari Avenue, Kolkata

This flower is called 'shaluk' or 'shapla' in Bengali. It is not lotus but some tiny sister of lotus, as you can see the similarity. This adorns the ponds of Bengal in villages and can mainly found in two colours: white and pinkish red. Shapla is the national flower of Bangladesh.
I must admit I do not lnow how they cook it. I have not yet got the opportunity to taste it either.

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