I was visiting Kirnahar, a village in West Bengals' Birbhum district, to attend a friend's reception and had decided to take a trip to Kolkata which was just 160 km away.
After watching fish from the local pond being cooked (no I didn't eat it because of being a vegetarian; yes you can sigh), two other friends and I hired a taxi to Santiniketan. This is the place which Noble prize winning writer Rabindranath Tagore and his family converted from a forest patch to an innovative center for learning.
Away from the noise of Kolkata, which was once the capital of British empire, Santiniketan was meant to be an abode of peace for the poet to reflect and write. He built many small houses there, which were soon followed by the Viswa Bharati University. Tagore's house, far from being extravagant, were simple but had a touch of elegance.