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After Allahabad, which I presented in my last upload, I made a long overnight journey by train to Calcutta, where I ended my trip to India in 1991.

Today's photos are strictly nothing special, just very ordinary views from central parts of the city. The main photo is of a poor quality, but it may give you some idea of what the streets look like during busy hours of the day in busy parts of the city. I converted it to B&W because the colours weren't very good.

You see two hand-pulled rickshaws trying to enter a major street from a side street. Calcutta was probably the last major city where these old style rickshaws were seen, but nowadays they are banned from the central areas. The goats, cows and water buffalos I sometimes saw in the major avenues in the 1970's are also gone.

In the background is Calcutta's major mosque., the Nakhoda Masjid, opened in 1926.

A slightly less confusing view from the same street is in WS #1. The other WS shows a quiet street with a slightly exciting atmosphere.

I should mention too, to avoid misunderstandings, that Calcutta may be chaotic in places, but it's surprisingly safe and no doubt my favourite Indian mega city. I have been there many times and always enjoyed the calm and friendly atmosphere among the crowds and noise. It is also probably India's intellectual centre, full of film makers, poets, painters and musicians.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

Next time I will take you somewhere else.

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