Photo Essay of Kolkata Streets
Kolkata, they say is a ‘city of joy’!
Kolkata is nicknamed as the City of Joy after the novel City of Joy a 1985 novel by Dominique Lapierre.
People from different walks of life come to this city with dreams in eyes. How many live to see the fulfillment of their dreams! I spent a day walking through few streets of Kolkata, it is bursting with life, everybody going on with their daily routine. Here are a series of pictures.
Tea! A cup of tea costs Rs.3 if it is taken in a plastic cup, but in a kullhad (baked clay cup) costs Rs.5. and selling tea is the source of living for many in this city.
Devotion matters. Even if the little shop is on the pavement has no proper walls, the God’s picture is put on the street fence and worshiped at the start of the day.
Caught in traffic. When I saw them crossing streets I held my breath fearing they would be hit by speeding vehicles.
Life goes on with the loads on head along with loads of worries.
A shoe shine boy. I saw him earning Rs. 2 for the 10 mins he spent in shining the shoe. A 100ml cup of tea costs more than that. Assuming he is occupied for one whole hour he earns Rs.12 per hour. Make more calculations and you will be depressed. Behind him, a beggar woman taking a bite, her infant sleeping. She paused there for sometime before she was off again to beg.
A sweeper in Kolkata streets. When will poverty be swept away from India?!