Welcome to the land of yellow taxis, rosogollas, trams, Tagore, theatre, Howrah and Victoria.
A lot of random thoughts rush through my mind when I think of Kolkata. Being the British capital of India, it holds a lot of pre-Independence history in place.
These pictures were clicked in and around Kolkata on one of my short sojourns here. The two most significant hubs with contrasting characteristics would be the places around the Howrah and the Dalhousie square.
“At night, with a grey fog and cold wind, it almost allows one to imagine that it is London” – Winston Churchill.
True to that statement, certain pockets of ‘Calcutta’ are abundant with colonial architectural buildings and institutes (which now house banks and other establishments). Strolling across the streets of Dalhousie or Park Street one is left with a strong feeling of wandering in British ruled India.
The famous Park Street, a retail enclave amidst the colonial architecture buildings is truly unique. But the most famous landmark of Kolkata would have to be the Howrah. One should see it lit with colourful lights. Splendid! Or from a distance while sailing across the Hooghly in a local ferry.
The market place below the Howrah bridge is quite a sight and so are the Ghats along the banks of the river.
By Anup Keerrthi