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Kolkata: If you want to tickle your taste buds with almost 2,000 years old Roman bread? Then, here is the good news for Kolkatans as Spencer’s has prepared the historic bread with the same ingredients, the Roman bakeries might have followed in 79 AD.Internationally reputed bread maker Spencer’s in Kolkata, after a series of experiments, has successfully recreated Roman bread which was very popular in Pompeii. The city of Pompeii was destroyed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius around 2,000 years ago. To celebrate 400 days of the inception of its Park Street store, the Spencer’s from Monday afternoon has started offering this historic Pompeiian bread to consumers. The bread will be available in a 400 gram pack at a cost of Rs 60 from 30 Spencer’s stores as well in the city from 30 October. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA Spencer’s spokesperson said on Monday that in the Western world, there had been inquisitiveness about the carbonized loaves excavated from Pompeii many years ago. According to the chief chef, western bread makers like many of us wonder how the original Pompeiian breads might have been looked like, how they might have tasted or what ingredients might have been used by the then bakeries to prepare those loaves. The funny looking bread was called “Panis Quadratus” which was excavated in a fossilised state many years later. It is presumed that the city of Pompeii had been destroyed due to a volcanic eruption. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to a senior official of the Spencer’s, the Pompeii bread is prepared with ingredients like — whole wheat flour (Atta), wheat refined flour (Maida), wheat bran, extra-high dietary fibre, yeast, starter, salt and others. Researchers tell us that the professional bakers in Rome and Pompeii did not exist until 2 nd Century BC. According to historical sources, the ancient Roman breads were made of flour, whole-wheat flour, tepid water, salt and other spices. The preparation time of the bread during the Roman era might have remained up to 30 minutes.
Have you wondered where the beautiful idols of the Goddess Durga vanish once the pujas are over and the pandals dismantled? While some of these idols – a handful – are preserved by the state Government at various museums or parks or private collectors, the normal clay idols are simply immersed in the Ganges or other water bodies after Dussehra.Which idols of the Goddess are being preserved? Bhabotosh Sutar, the artist behind the Chetla Agrani Club puja – mentored by Bengal’s minister for Urban Development Firhad Hakim – has had about six of his Durga idols preserved so far. The beautiful idol he has carved out of a single, antique block of mahogany this time will also be preserved at the state government-run Eco Tourism Park in Rajarhat. This is going to be the third of his idols to be preserved at the park.”Other idols have been collected by ASI, Derek O Brien and ITC Shonar Bangla. These are all made from wood, metal and even terracotta. I’m hoping that my mahogany Durga(for Chetla Agrani) will be preserved well as a piece of public art”, Sutar told Millennium Post. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe trend started in 2011 when the Mamata Banerjee government came into power in Bengal. “A warehouse was built near the Golpark lakes where some idols were collected and preserved. But the state Government also does not have the infrastructure to preserve all Durga idols” Sutar said. Rupchand Kundu, whose idol at the Behala Friends Club is likely to be preserved this time at the state Government run Eco Park Club, said, “It has to be kept in mind while making the idol that this is not just a temporary construct but an artwork that needs to be preserved for the generations to come. In this idol, made from fly ash, I have shown that even ordinary waste can transform into something divine when light is thrown on it”, Kundu told Millennium Post. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt all depends on the material used for making the idol. “Clay is difficult to preserve in the open air. However Durga idols which are made from wood or metals or fibre glass can be preserved in a museum or inside of a building as objets de art”, said eminent artist Subrata Gangopadhyay, an advisor to the Sreebhumi Sporting Club puja built around the Bahubali theme. Gangopadhyay has painted extensively on the Sindurkhela theme earlier which is associated with Durga pujas. Another artist whose idols have been preserved is Sanatan Dinda, though he mostly works with clay.
Kolkata: All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom he accused of running an unabashed communal campaign to gain political dividends in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.While addressing a rally at Aatghora High School Ground in Baduria under Basirhat Parliamentary constituency, Banerjee alleged that Modi has been trying to divide people on religious lines only to win the polls. He, however, asserted that the Prime Minister will suffer a humiliating defeat in the ongoing elections despite his tactically plotted communal cards. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Modi has been trying to polarise the voters by creating a rift between the people belonging to various religious communities. His main objective is to trigger communal tension across the country. People here in Bengal are peace loving and they would thwart any attempt made by him or his party,” Abhishek added. Attacking the Prime Minister, he said: “He failed to deliver on all the promises he had made during the previous Lok Sabha elections. He promised ‘Achhe Din’ for the people by creating two crore jobs every year. Not a single person has benefitted from him. Instead of carrying out development projects, a party office in Delhi has been built at the cost of Rs 1,200 crore. The Modi government has not given a single penny to the Bengal government in the past five years.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAbhishek also criticised Mukul Roy without naming him and said: “All the thieves have taken refuge in the BJP. In the same breath, he also added: “If Madan Mitra had been put behind bars for three years only for taking photographs with Saradha group owner Sudipta Sen, why would Modi not go to jail despite having clicked photographs with Nirav Modi.” Sitting Trinamool Congress MP from Diamond Harbour, Abhishek urged the people of Basirhat to vote for Trinamool Congress so that party chief Mamata Banerjee can play a decisive role in the formation of the government at the Centre. Abhishek is contesting from Diamond Harbour seat. “Don’t cast your vote in favour of CPI(M) or Congress as they would strengthen the hands of the BJP. Help TMC to win in all the 42 seats so that a new government comes to power with Mamata Banerjee playing a crucial role. You have come to the rally in large numbers braving almost 40 degree Celsius which shows that you are with the TMC. This has to be reflected on the day of the election result,” he maintained. Abhishek was campaigning in favour of actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan who is contesting from Basirhat on a TMC ticket. He also took part in a road show in his own turf in Diamond Harbour.