Kolkata, Calcutta changes
Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
30Trip End Mar 12, 2012
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LWS India had send a car to bring us straight to the house of Vijay James, the new Director from Madras. We met Gary and Jill Sibson there. Gary set up the first emergency programme for LWS in India in 1974. They had just returned from Assam where they have donated a school in memory of their daughter who they lost when she was 16
Next morning we were given a presentation by LWS India and we were also asked to do the same. Chris worked for them from 1985 to 1997 and it was moving to see that there were still a few people who knew hem and greeted him as old friends. In the afternoon we found Joydeep who is working for the Axis bank in old Calcutta. He took us by cab to Fairlawn where we had a beer. The garden and dining room has not changed since the first time we can here from Dhaka in1978. In Chris' tailor shop next door he ordered four new shirts, I bought a nice ready made shirt. After that we walked to Newmarket where we both bought new blue jeans. As sanitary stop and wait for the pants shortening we went up to what turned out to be a rooftop coffee shop
on the ninth floor of the Lindsay hotel. From there we had a great view over Calcutta and we could see how big the area of the Fairlawn hotel is in central Kolkata.
We are staying with the medical doctors Rajat and Laila Das in Salt Lake, the new township from 25 years ago. I am staying in their daughter's Rohini room, she is now doing an MBA in finance in the USA. Laila remembered that Rajat stayed in my daughter Mirjam's room when he stayed with me in Amsterdam around 25 years ago. The early morning calls from the street sellers are so typical for life in this part of he world. The 'kagoj' or paper collecting man is the fist at around 08:15.