I am finally at a secure wifi connection and can post these photos. If you want to remind yourself of the write-up a few days back, click here
These are embedded into the side buildings about 2 feet from the ground …. to deter men from peeing on the side of the building – ughh! It’s hoped no man would want to pee on Ganesh.
Daily wash at the communal water pump on the side of the street
Famous sweets shop in Kolkata called Chitteranjan, they travel far & wide for the sweets.
Baskets being lined up outside the sweets store. They will be filled with sweets for a wedding later that day.
I tasted their vanilla flavoured madhuparka which is a little tub of curd-like sweetness. It still does not beat Bhaktapur’s King Curd!!
Shobabazar Rajbari – one of the fine buildings in the area built by Bengal’s elite
Another example of fine architecture influences by the French (although crumbling now).
They are starting to make the straw with clay sculptures to be used in this Fall’s Durga Puja festival
This artisan is putting the final touches to the face of one of the sculptures
I loved this piece of art. The artisan laughed when I told him so, he did not mean for it to be a piece of art, but then he began to look at it in a different view!
How the stitching decorative pieces start out
And how they end up
Some of the colours to be used on the sculptures being readied.
A local snack shop
Too hot & humid but to sit and shoot the breeze with friends
Lovely old doorway, but you wouldn’t want to be very tall – it was only about 5 ft in height!
Loading up the special clay from underneath the brothels along the Ganga. This clay is very fine and considered the best clay for making the sculptures.
Unloading, one basket at a time
Derelict warehouse by the train tracks close to the Ganga, filled with squatters.