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30 September - KolkataTaking our first look at Kolkata in daylight was interesting or was it the horns of vehicles or a person on a loudspeaker. After breakfast we decided to venture out -an interesting exercise. Things seen so cheap however we weren't hassled. Traffic and people were in droves but we navigated our way through the crowds, crossing …
... day we had in Mumbai and Delhi. On the first day several of us decided to hire a driver for the day to take in some of the major sites. These included the headquarters of The Sisters of Charity (the organization Mother Theresa founded); a trio of Jain religion temples; the home museum of Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore; a walk around the Kumartuli neighborhood which specializes in making statues used in Hindu religious parades; Saint Paul's ...
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Chris did his usual shopping, buying ...
... the end of this leg. I want you to take something away from this though. To some the last three days would have appeared hellish. Everything has gone wrong, we have experienced some of the absolute worst the country could offer. Poverty and being made to feel alien. Repulsive sights and smells, Our lungs have been filled with the pollution that is visible by the naked eyes and it has all culminated in this bus journey which is so horrendous that I'm writing in disbelief that ...
... was relocated to Delhi. When driving through it we could see a clear British influence in the architecture of the city. Especially when we got off in the governmental/office part of the city. The street layout, lamp posts, parks, buildings looked as if we were in some British town. What was interesting was that Since 1977, a "Left Front" coalition of communist and Marxist parties has continuously ruled the state. This is reflected in street names and memorials in ...
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