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Kolkata Unplugged....local sights and sounds...and memories...


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My recent trip to kolkata....took me down memory lane....the Howrah bridge, the local fish market.....the smell and sounds...all rushed back....my post graduation years spent in commuting by train....that whole local train spatial wrap.....surrounded me again..

Photos of Kolkata Unplugged....local sights and sounds...and memories... 1/11 by Soma Majumdar

.......an old world charm.....its tea time....local fare.....

Photos of  1/1 by Soma Majumdar

.....these same cookies used to be sold at platform stations...when we used to go to school by train....the days we missed our school vans...and we would pester our over indulgent grandmother to buy us some.. Strange...how even the bottles have not changed.

Photos of Ganga, Kolkata, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

......overlooking the Ganges....as it flows...

Photos of Lake Market, Kolkata, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

.....whats Kolkata without its fish market.....the rohu, hilsa, koi , pavda and tangra....@ Lake market, south Kolkata

Photos of  1/1 by Soma Majumdar

....live fish.....can't get more fresh than this..... Lake market is the place to do your Fresh market if you are in South Koltata..

Photos of Second Hooghly Bridge, Hastings, Kolkata, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

Second Hooghly bridge.....approached from Hastings side...where we used to stay in Jubilee lines...accomodation, houses...British type...with huge wooden balconies all around....

Photos of Howrah Bridge, Howrah, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

.....the looming Howrah bridge, caught unawares.....in a smart shower.....

Photos of Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

......the queue infront of the ladies' counters...... some things don't change....

Photos of Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

....is this the same girl who sold me 6 limes for ten rupees as I used to hurry to catch the 4.40 local back home to the suburbs from Calcutta university...

Photos of Howrah Railway Station, Howrah, West Bengal, India 1/1 by Soma Majumdar

.... the Howrah station....time stands still...it seems.....only not so crowded as its not office or college time....remember the crowds just swallowing us up and carrying us into the train...like a wave...the strategising to get a seat by minutely psycho analysing every turn of the head of the seated passengers.....almost felt Dickensian....trying to read the minds and guessing backgrounds of all my co passengers...maybe a loving husband at home or a spat with a diabolic mother in law....

Photos of  1/1 by Soma Majumdar

.....the local vendors.....products have changed....they seem more jaded and unattractive now.... But twenty years back....they used to lure all my senses....

Can still hear the cries of the local vendor in his carefully cultivated selling voice......chai, chai .....jhal muri, jhal muri, tok mishti logenze (sweet and sour logenze), paanchta du takai...( 5 pieces at the rate of two rupees). I would wait for a particular jhal muriwala, because nobody could get that right combination of salt and spice like he could. It would never fail to amaze me that they could talk in a normal tone too , unlike their other selling voice.

The sound bytes are permanently etched in my memory....strange how the jingles used to fall in rhythm with the chugging train.

Kolkata stands still in the suburbs....as time rushes by all around....unfazed...almost slumberous.... Oh Kolkata, Wake up Kolkata!!

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