6 top halwais in Mumbai tell us what they are making for Holi this year

It’s a mammoth task to count all festivals of India. Perhaps the closest effort to chronicle them has been by MP Bezbaruah, which runs over five volumes and 2,810 pages, called the Fairs and Festivals of India. Imagine then, the number of sweet treasures out there, many unique to regions and communities. If you are a true mithai lover, it’s a thought that can keep you up all night. In the spirit of Holi, we’d like to tell you about the most famous regional specials that halwais are making in Mum

Frozen frames from the South Pole

It was midnight. The earth was white, and the skies, amber. In came waddling a “tuxedo gang” to check out what the newcomers in polar parkas were doing with gauges and funnels on the fast ice. These curious penguins were the the first picture Dr Priyankar Kumar Datta clicked. Datta, who was a doctor on board the Antarctica expedition 2015-2016, returned as its unofficial photographer with a bank of photographs that made lugging about 15 kilograms of equipment worth all the sweat, he tells us.