kolkata

6:35am

Wed February 12, 2014
Dispatches from Kolkata for 2/12/14

Bring the Noise!!

Traffic jam in Kolkata
thehindubusinessline.com

The first thing I notice when I come to Kolkata from San Francisco is not the heat. Or the smog. But the noise. A survey a couple of years ago found that at 10 major crossings the horn count  average per day was a whopping 107392 per day, that’s over 70 honks per minute. Cars and buses loudly flout No Horn signs around hospitals and schools.

Some drivers are honking because a pedestrian, or a cow is jaywalking, or another car is turning without a signal or just because.

Why is Kolkata so loud?

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6:45am

Wed September 11, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 9/11

Remembering Sushmita

Sushmita memorial
Sandip Roy

9:38am

Wed August 7, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 8/7

Purple bag nostalgia

Music World closes
Sandip Roy

Nostalgia today is no longer reserved for the disappearance of things we feel had been around forever. Or perhaps it’s our notion of forever that has shrunk - from 163 years for the telegramto 13 to 5. The MusicWorld store  was not even a decade old.

 

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6:45am

Wed July 24, 2013
Dispatches from Kolkata for 7/24

Monsoon season

Schoolboys in the rain
Sandip Roy

There’s a word for it in English. Petrichor – the essence of rocks. But it just doesn’t do it for me. Call me a nostalgist but I still like the Hindi phrase saundhi mitti for that heady smell of the first fat drops of rain on summer-parched earth.

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6:45am

Wed July 17, 2013
dispatches from Kolkata for 7/17

A Telegram just came for you...

Central Telegraph Office in Kolkata
Sandip Roy

The telegram was 163 which I guess is a fine age to finally give up the ghost. The last telegram went out somewhere in India on Sunday July 15. Order No. 111-23/93/T-II (Pt. IV) from the government finally put the poor thing to its rest.  A rather dry bureaucratic way to end a very colourful life....

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