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Home sweet home

Just who would bear to see his house or shop being pulled down in front of him? The street-dwellers of Kolkata are exceptional. While one of our colleagues was out on her usual aimless strolls in Salt Lake, she noticed a small girl walking with a torn kite. The child…

Lovers’ paradise

Parts of Salt Lake can be called a lovers’ paradise. With Nalban, City Centre, the desolate streets and the famous Central Park (Banabitan), it is worthy of being called so. Each of these places has specific visitors to cater for. And when one says that they usually make an exception of the…

Auto mayhem

A party flag fluttering on a three-wheeler bonnet and double the fair that is usually charged for on the other days is what one should be ready for before taking an auto-rickshaw nowadays. Salt Lake might be less inaccessible considering the less number of buses. People usually prefer to take…

For a drop

The city can never disappoint its people. For the deprived souls who spent the Pujas in the somber call centres Diwali came as a pleasant break. A few of them planned up a Diwali bash at a friend’s place after the day’s work. But to their dismay found all the…

Futile shouting

On a sundry afternoon a colleague happened to walk down the ever-bustling College Street. Memories of a few places are always accompanied with strains of music. Just as Durga Puja and dhak are inseparable, College Street and slogan chanting are inseparable. Every other day a rally begins from College Square…

Different strokes

Some traffic cops at the dead of the night are usually seen dozing off or looking at the passing vehicles reclined on once white plastic chairs. So, it certainly took some colleagues by surprise when their car was stopped near Sithi More and the driver asked to produce the license.…

For a puff

It is difficult to imagine how well equipped some Kolkatans could be . Many half sleeping persons on the pavements around Medical College and Mullick Bazaar possess some substance or the other to get them into a stupor. During a colleague’s aimless strolls from Kumartuli to Ahiritola Launch Ghat, she…