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Kolkata City, West Bengal, India      (Related Pages: Calcutta, Durga Puja 2005, Indian Museum)


India's largest city and once the capital (1772-1912) of British India, Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is located on the east bank of the Hooghly, a channel of the Ganges, 154 km upstream from the Bay of Bengal. Growing beyond its British colonial foundations, Kolkata assimilated strong European influences to create an amalgam culture that found early expression in the life and works of the 19th-century Bengali elite and its best known figure, Rabindranath Tagore. Kolkatans are said to possess a rare joie de vivre that manifests itself in their penchant for art and culture and a level of intellectual vitality and politica

l awareness unsurpassed in the rest of the country. No other Indian city can draw the kinds of crowds that throng to Calcutta's book fairs, art exhibitions, and concerts. There is a lively trading of polemics on walls, which has led to Kolkata being dubbed the city of posters. But Kolkata thrives amid seemingly insurmountable economic, social, and political problems. For all its vitality, a large number of its residents live in abject conditions, far removed from the rarefied cultural milieu. Many a visitor remarks on the city's air quality, physical decay, and fetid smells. In short, Kolkata remains an enigma to many Indians as well as to foreigners. It continues to puzzle newcomers and to arouse an abiding nostalgia in the minds of those who have lived there.   [- Oct '05 & Oct '06]

Kalighat

Kalighat temple

Calcutta rickshaw

Street dweller (more)

Public bathing


Kalighat widow


Kalighat man


Kalighat woman


Kalighat man


Nirmal Hriday


Public mouthwash


Folded hands


Worth fixing?

Santoshpur & Jadavpur

Leftist posters

Communal ground water tap

Jadavpur University area

Bagha Jatin station


Bagha Jatin store


Waiting for the train


Marriage vows


Layout for a puja


A wedding household


A post-monsoon wedding


Calcutta Lake Club dinner


Fish curry (maacher-jhol)

Gariahat

Rickshaw

Roadside eatery

Souvenir stall

Open air bathing


Calcutta street


Gariahat area


Gariahat area


Calcutta tram


Roadside barber


A shrine and its architect


Bookstore


Gariahat fish market


Gariahat fish market (more)


Fruit stall


Flower market


Gariahat nursery


Gariahat market


Goodies


Drinking coconuts


Kwality Walls ice-cream

Sealdah & College St.

Sealdah station

College street

English literature bookstore

Sunday morning scene


Presidency college


College / MG road


Chariot on MG road


Mama Stall No--1A


Calcutta rickshaw (1, 2)


Calcutta rickshaw


Calcutta rickshaw


Calcutta rickshaw (more)


MG Road


Street dweller


Street dweller


Sunil Ganguly on a billboard


Side street near Sealdah


Round gourd


Street near Sealdah (more)


Custom cards store


Calcutta Tram


Calcutta Tram


Calcutta Tram


Calcutta Tram


Directing traffic


Jagadhatri puja spot


Jagadhatri


Black Krishna (more)

Dakshineshwar Kali Temple

Boat on the Hooghly

Kali temple (1, 2)

Kali temple (1, 2)

From the river (more)


The Hooghly (more)


Guavas


Snack joint


Bathing couple

Belur Math

From the river

Main building (more)

Side view (entrance gate)

Large pot


Widow at Belur Math


Squatting Girl


Bengali pilgrim


Announcing a fair

 

Miscellaneous

Victoria Memorial

Howrah bridge

Piggybank vendors, Howrah

Kathi roll off Park St.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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