From packed streets and grim slums to the dynamic new-town suburbs, Kolkata is truly a celebration of life in all its vitality and chaos. Deemed as the intellectual and cultural capital of the country, with a tradition of informal discussions on current issues over a ‘bhaar’ of tea at an ‘adda’. Kolkata also has a rich heritage in the fields of dance, poetry, art, music, film and theatre.
Kolkata’s many dramatic colonial buildings, form an interesting background for adventures and misadventures in this dynamic and inviting city. It also boasts of some of the finest restaurants in India that compel one to give in to the citywide passion for sweets.
On the 7th day of our journey we spent time in Kolkata meeting people from all walks of society, to try and understand the multitude of contradictions that make Kolkata work and not work![Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”10″ gal_title=”Day 07″]
Now for the facts:
Kolkata, although a crowded metro and state capital, has a population of just around 44,96,694 people. Making it a much smaller city than say, Mumbai and Delhi.
We visited popular tourist spots like the Victoria Memorial. We met different people, and visited Raj Bhawan (the Governor’s house), and also ate at the famous Flury’s. We met with Faud Halim who is the spokesperson of CPI-M to try and understand the Left movement in India and its current status. We also met the Police Commissioner to understand issues of governance and security.
We have to point out, that the traffic in Kolkata is totally chaotic!