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12:00 AM, November 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 08, 2018

People as pitha

With the Bangladeshi winter rearing its humid, stagnant, cold head (seriously, you just won't feel it until you move) closer to our faces, you will notice a certain variety of localised rice cake that nearly every Bangladeshi loves to gorge themselves with. It isn't that tough of a guess, as in these times, they are easily found in street corners or our kitchen corners, where the stuff magically appears after our mothers spend hours in there, ready to be bought or begged for. If you guessed the stuff to be pitha, then you've earned yourselves a clap from yours truly.

That being said, ever wondered what people would be like compared to pithas? Well you've seen us compare you to chocolate, so now you can watch us compare you to this wonderful and more relatable blessing for our pallets.

 

BHAPA PITHA

People relating to this pitha are most commonly found to be soft and squishy from the outside and sweet and tender from the inside. Easily one of the most likeable ones from the bunch. But beware, mingle too much and they will fall apart very easily. No amount of effort will work to bring the bhapa back together.

 

CHITOI PITHA

These people have very little spark in them. They are quite bland and are not very fun on their own. But if you add something else with them, let's say someone with a fiery attitude, the chitois will easily blend in and make the flavour even better than what the fiery one tasted like by itself. Caution however, it isn't easy to add some spice on them in the first place.

 

NAKSHI PITHA

Unique in their size and shape (in a good way), nakshi pithas are something to behold. But that is where their positive traits end. Most of them are usually difficult. Yet, it should also be noted that nokshis can be soft and tender if made by the right cook and kept in the right cooling tray.

 

CHUI PITHA

Molasses-coated and in several numbers, the chui is similar in characteristics as the chitoi: they're both bland on their own. The only difference is that chitoi works best with fiery stuff while chui works best with the sweet. While chuis are scrumptious when sweetened, too much of them can make you dizzy.

 

TAAL ER PITHA

Soft and grainy, the taals have the perfect balance between subtlety and insanity. You can manage to keep them warm and happy for as long as you can, and you must be willing to keep them that way. Or else they will become cold and hard and that's not what you want.

 

PATISHAPTA PITHA

Rolled into a loveable roll of sweet dairy nectar, the patishaptas will be sure to grab your attention with their sweet talk and wholesome humour. But they are not all talk. They can back their words with their actions as they deliver in taste as nicely as with their looks.

Though there could be more pithas that we could add to this list, the others are quite archaic to be relatable or found anywhere easily. Nevertheless, who knew it would be so easy to relate to pithas, eh?

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