Kolkata, June 11: The 'Jamai Shashthi' that was observed by the Bengali community on Friday last was special for the jamais (son-in-laws) for more than one reason.
Apart from the pampering they get, the news of a Hilsa fish worth Rs 22,000 must have made their day. A Bengali specialty, Ilish Bhapa was never so special. But with the soaring price of the luxury fish, Bengalis make do with an ocassional smell and touch at the market.
However, apart from the price that is shocking people across the country, there is something else that is even more surprising- somebody bought it. The four and half kilo fish was bought by a retailer from Gariahat Market in posh South Kolkata.Sayed Anwar Maqsood, secretary, West Bengal Fish Importers' Association and a wholesaler in Howrah had bought the fish from Naaz Fish Company of Myanmar.
Interestingly, when he placed the fish on auction, there were buyers who were bidders who were desparate to buy it.
"This is the biggest Hilsa I have sold in my career and I never saw a bigger Hilsa at this time of the year. You get the best ones only during monsoon," said Maqsood.
Meanwhile, other parts of Kolkata celebrated Shashthi with a middle-class melee, comprising of gifts for their son-in-laws and a platter of mouth-watering dishes.