Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has gone down memory lane, recalling the days he spent in Kolkata while he was still looking for work.
"But back to Christmas and Kolkata and the best place to be in around that time of the year! Kolkata is a whole new world during this time. The city that was the first capital of the country under the British Raj, filled with Christian culture and rituals. The large community of Anglo-Indians bringing and celebrating with that same vigour and festiveness that marked the end of the year," Amitabh posted on bigb.bigadda.com.
"What an atmosphere it was in the early 60's when I had just migrated to this wonder city in search of a future and a job. The clubs and the restaurants and the Hotel locations - the Grand, and the Golden Slipper, Nizams, Trinca's, Moulin Rouge, Mogambo, Blue Fox, Flurry's and Princes inside the Grand...ah! Such a variety … and a mandatory visit to all of them in one night, since they were all situated within a few feet of each other on that glorious Park Street...!!
"Surviving on a salary of Rs.500/- a month and never a moment of regret on the amount...and the music and the bands and the orchestra...most of them now migrated to Mumbai and working in film music...a treat and a slice of La Dolche Vita...almost !!
However, the 69-year-old rues that the fun time would not return. "Those days shall never return again. There have been many visits to the city in recent times, the city and its vibrancy remains the same, but that something, of those times is missing!!"