Hilsa or “Ilish” is not just a fish to a Bengali, it’s a love affair… An affair that carries tall tales and culinary culture in this Asiatic part of the world.
The hilsa is pure silvery bliss to a fish crazy bong.
To all those who have never been touched by the magic of this fish, it remains just that, a fish but to any true-blue Bengali it’s a monsoon romance….yes monsoon is the time when you should shell out that few thousand rupees in the local market. When rain clouds gather over the Ganges , it’s a time to celebrate: it marks the season to eat the silver delight.
Hilsa appears on the Bengali table in many different semblances. Such goes the enthusiasm that the hilsa is celebrated in bengal’s fine arts, literature, songs and even on the celluloid screen .