Kolkata Kronicles

Its the same old city I remember. The same heat. The same humidity. The same incessant rain.

The same passion for sports, and politics. A road football tournament happening right next to my house. People discussing Federation Cup football tournament, where else but here! The same concern, and hence meetings, roadshows and addas for political issues. Ditto for seemingly non-political issues; but, trust our political leaders here to paint a coat of politics on everything. The cornerstone of local politics must be "The centre (rulers in Delhi) and industrialisation cannot be good".

The same old value for money; nowhere in India have I seen such value for money - to the point of everything being cheap nee cost effective (being politically correct). Probably caused by the lack of disposable income of common people here. I had a hard time making my father understand why his medicine which cost Rs. 65 a few years ago, and now costing Rs. 79 (in other cities people would round off and say Rs 80!) is a good thing because it beats inflation - I gave up.

This is the same old Kolkata.

P.S: I am writing this on a public internet cafe. As with other things here, taking a internet connection is taking more time than expected.

14 comments:

Aarbee said...

Your words always convey a sentiment that is very easy to visualise, if you know what I am trying to say.

Rohit Talwar said...

Bondhu, good to know your land is the same!
Football right next to your house must make you very happy. Baki cheezon se problem hai to Delhi aa jao. Hehehee.
And I've concluded it is tough convincing Dads, as my experience goes, I give up every time.

I am sure you'll enjoy every bit of being in the same place man.. Live it up!

~ Deeps ~ said...

its the same old city except that the name has changed..............

Anuradha said...

Hey isn't it good sometimes to be in familiar surroundings:)

Bhaw said...

:o) sweet !

Sanjit said...

Hey Shubu!! What's up?? Ki holo notun no o pathaonee...Enjoy this break...

~ | | OM | | ~ said...

I love Calcutta more than a lot of other cities that i have been to in India...

good you are there.. i have a place to come to....

Subhadip said...

@RB
Thanks, if I know what you mean.

@RT
Delhi... hmm. Let's see.

@Deeps
And that was not necessary! Although Calcutta / Kolkata is still manageable. Madras - Chennai!!!

@Anuradha
Sometimes, yes. But I wish it changed for better.

@Bhaw
Sweet? Ah, sweet! Thanks, I forgot to mention that. Having loads of it actually. Including both versions of Yogi's "the white thing".

@Sanjit
No. pele to janabo!

@Om
To see a city like Kolkata you need a proper guide like ...
So, when are you coming?

Aarbee said...

I am SO glad you removed the "comments in a separate window" thing. Hated it.

Rohit Talwar said...

Yay... comments on the same page. Now you can access this page too!

IG said...

Everytime I hear that Kolkata has changed a lot with Saltlake Sector 5 and blah blah, I end up being disappointed at the end result when I actually do visit. The city is frozen in time for sure... though just cant seem to get the love for that city out of me.

Butterfly said...

You are so right. It takes a lifetime to open an Internet connection here!

In some ways, Kolkata is still the same, but when it comes to road mishaps, it has changed drastically this year.

Subhadip said...

@RB & RT
Same page because my cyber cafe won't allow me to comment otherwise! Thank heavens, I have got my own connection now.

Subhadip said...

@IG
I know what you mean. Its a mixed feeling.

@Butterfly
Going to write about that experience soon.