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Old Jun 22, 2007, 10:26 AM   #1
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The erstwhile capital of India, Calcutta, now known as Kolkata, is a beautiful city, trying to get into the modern age without actually coming out of the Imperial past. You can see the most modern Metro train and the pre-independence trams co-existing in this city. You can also witness the co-existence of things in absolute contrast - the super rich and the absolute poor; the well-educated and the illiterate; the Mercedes Benz and the hand-pulled cart; Communist party and Goddess Kali; posh restaurants and road-side food stalls - there is just no end to the list. One common thread I could perceive during my visit was the politeness and willingness of all sections of people to help youwith directions or information that really made me like the place.

A few shots of Kolkata. More can be found at http://www.zoto.com/raghu/albums/8097. I have still not had time to describe the photos there,but a cursory look will, I am sure,convince the beauty of the city.


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Old Jun 22, 2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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A view of the famous Dakshineshwar temple, from outside (photography not permitted inside the compound).
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The Hooghly river and the Vivekananda Sethu (bridge) - you can see a train crossing the bridge.
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The horse-carriage giving a stiff competition to the yellow-taxis.
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A view of the Indian Museum building.
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The electric tram, existing only in Kolkata in India now, running alongside buses,on abusy intersection.
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youhad quite a long trips it seems and came up with some interesting pictures. Lovey snap.I like the composition of vectoria ie# 4image.In Kolkatta this horse carriage isknown as Vectoria (like in Mumbai).I do not know the genesis of this.But I always do wonder why this name??.Then of the temple.I am just wonder why didn't you took the picture of "Hoogly bridge" and "Vidyasagar sathu".One built during colonial period and another one is built in recent time or shall we call it "Modern India"
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youhad quite a long trips it seems and came up with some interesting pictures. Lovely snap.I like the composition of vectoria ie# 4image.In Kolkatta this horse carriage isknown as Vectoria (like in Mumbai).I do not know the genesis of this.But I always do wonder why this name??.Then of the temple.I am just wonder why didn't you took the picture of "Hoogly bridge" and "Vidyasagar sathu".One built during colonial period and another one is built in recent time or shall we call it "Modern India"
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A nice set of pictures. I like the boat in front of the train bridge. A lot of old and new there.
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Great set of shots Raghu, all very nicely taken

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