Photos – a walk through North Kolkata

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

Narrow laneway

Narrow laneway

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.

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

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.

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.

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!!

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

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).

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

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

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!

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

How the stitching decorative pieces start out

And how they end up

And how they end up

Some of the colours to be used on the sculptures being readied.

Some of the colours to be used on the sculptures being readied.

A local snack shop

A local snack shop

Too hot & humid but to sit and shoot the breeze with friends

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!

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.

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

Unloading, one basket at a time

Derelict warehouse by the train tracks close to the Ganga, filled with squatters.

Derelict warehouse by the train tracks close to the Ganga, filled with squatters.

 

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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