What has always amused me about Kolkata is how a city can have varying cultures and yet a harmony that runs through its veins. One such example is the Indo-Chinese community of Kolkata, which has existed in distinct neighbourhoods since the 18th century. Although the decline in Chinese population has expedited over the past four decades, the bewildering charm is today being carried forward by their successors with the same enthusiasm and love that filled the streets even in the past century.
Tiretti Bazaar is one such Chinese community that comes to life as early as 5 AM every day. Although less popular than Tangra, this local hub is a magical paradise for those who wish to experience the Chinese culture beyond Noodles and Manchurian.