Wednesday, April 2, 2014

B for Bokakhat




Bokakhat is a sleepy little town in the Golaghat district of Assam. It is on the way to upper Assam and is more of a 'passing through' town. Since I have been traveling from upper to central/lower Assam since childhood, Bokakhat has been a constant part of my life. It is that place where all travelers traveling by road stop to stretch their legs and have a cup of tea or a meal.

The USP of this tiny town is a sweet called 'pera' (a semi-soft sweet made of khoa, sugar and traditional flavourings) and 'puri aru aaloo bhaaji' (Indian puffed bread and potato curry). There is a  eatery called Gopal Krishna which is in existence like forever. My grandfather had been a customer of this place since he was a student. Now he is in his seventies. Likewise, my parents, uncles and we the children are fans of its famous puri bhaaji. Whenever we pass through Bokakhat we never fail to drop in at Gopal Krishna. And very often we meet someone we know eating there. The puri bhaaji is served on banana leaves along with chilli chutney. After this meal, it is then time for tea in small glass tumblers along with a tasty pera for our sweet tooth.

The famous Bokakhat puri bhaaji
After my father retired a couple of years ago, my parents shifted from upper Assam to central Assam. So when I visit home now, I don't get a chance to visit Bokakhat anymore. I really miss that puri bhaaji now. I am hoping that next time I go home, I would get a chance to travel through Bokakhat and relive the taste in Gopal Krishna.

I am taking part in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge [April 2014].

7 comments:

  1. Awww...you touched a chord with this one. This place may be small & sleepy but it has a lot of memories attached with it, of not only mine but many others :) Lovely post! And the photo was the cherry on the cake (I am craving for it now :P )

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  2. I'm hoping you get to visit it again, too, as it sounds like you miss it, and the memories it would bring back would be good. I don't know what Khoa is but I bet that pera is yummy.

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    1. I hoping to in my next visit home. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. becoming nostalgic.....missing the famous "PERA"

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Loved that you dropped by. It would lovely to know how you feel about this post too :)