I'm sure most of us roll our eyes every time we come across those quotes and sayings about inner beauty, that often drip with a good amount of saccharine. Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart . If that isn't corny enough, here's another one. Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates. But no matter how much we scoff at such seemingly silly lines, if we looked deeper, we'd realise they echo of wisdom and inspire us to be more profound versions of ourselves.
This rule is not just limited to people, it also extends to places. Most of us may be thrilled by the idea of holidaying on a yacht in Saint-Tropez or setting off on a romantic Mediterranean getaway, but there's a lot more to travel than just experiencing fine things in life. Some of the best travel destinations in the world may lack such refinement but they exude a charm that leaves few travellers unmoved.
Now let's bring this home. When you think of India, which is the one city that that emanates a unique quality that has stood the test of time? Which is the one place that is synonymous with an unmatched rawness that keeps drawing you back for more? I'm sure there are no prizes for guessing I'm talking about the endearing chaos that is the City of Joy – Calcutta.