Kolkata, pathos and trickery of the poor. March 24th 2010 I leave Kolkata tonight on the train for New Jalpaiguri, to reach Darjeeling.
Kolkata has been a mixed experience for me. The first thing to mention is the extreme poverty, though I gather that has been improved in the last few years (in the central district, anyhow).
The hotel's driver met me at the airport and wordlessly led me to the car. There, an old woman with a cane immediately inter ... read more
Asia » India » West Bengal » Kolkata The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world, dates back at least 5,000 years. Aryan tribes from the northwest invaded about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. Arab in... ... read more