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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Sweet send-off for Master Blaster Sachin: Cake & sandesh from Balaram

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, November 06, 2013
First Published: 10:39 IST(6/11/2013) | Last Updated: 11:43 IST(6/11/2013)

Sweet surprise for the Master Blaster from the land of sandesh and rosogollas.

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The landmark 128-year-old sweet shop Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick is gearing up to give a sugary send-off to the genius with a five-pound eggless cake and a 5-kg ‘ Naler Gurer’ Sandesh.

While the cake has Sachin’s face on it surrounded by cricket balls made of white chocolate, thehe sandesh has chocolate hearts surrounding the Master Blaster’s figure holding a bat.

The sweet shop is famous for their ‘ jol bhora nalen gurer sandesh’.

“Cricket Association of Bengal ordered the cake. The sandesh is a gift from us to him to express our love and respect. This morning, we went and handed both to him,” Sudip Mullick, proprietor, said.

“The message on the cake reads ‘ To the God of Cricket, 199th Test match, Eden Gardens 2013’. ‘ Thank You for being Sachin, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, says the message on the sandesh” Mullick added.

The round cake is adorned with chocolate and chocolate chips. Piping chocolates have been used to draw Sachin’s face.

The rectangular sandesh is bordered with two types of dark chocolates. Chocolates hearts are placed on the sandesh surrounding Sachin’s image with a bat in hand.

Trademark Bengali utensils such as lohar kadai and kather taroo (4-feet-long wooden spatula made of segun and saalwood) have been used to make the sandesh.

Interestingly, it is not only Balaram Mullick but other renowned and traditional sweet shops which vied for a chance to present Sachin with traditional Bengali sweets.

Girish Chandra Dey and Nakur Chandra Nandi in north Kolkata was one of them.

“We had proposed a 30-kg chocolate sandesh for Sachin. I am a cricket fan and a fan of Sachin,” Partha Nandi from Nakur.

In May 2012, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee felicitated Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.

A huge cake from Nakur was cut to mark the day in the presence of Mamata and Shah Rukh Khan.


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