Immersed in Calcutta life
Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
30Trip End Mar 12, 2012
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We revisited the Parkstreet area that we loved so much from the past. We started in the Goethals library that is inside St Xaviers College. I have been there a couple of times before. It is now called the Goethals Indian Library & Research Society. They have an interesting web sitehttp://www.goethals.in/. I asked for two old Dutch books tat were brought to me within five minutes:
D, van Reeden, Souratte, Radical Beschrijving Anno 1758
From there we walked to an old friend of Chris, Mrs Baker, social worker. Her little house is tucked away next and almost under a hotel that used to be white. Although retired she is still doing a lot of good work. Continuing our walk Cris stopped at the West Bengal shop form where he already had many embroidered bedspreads and table cloths. He could not resist to buy new one. Next was a stop at the Fairlawn Hotel for a beer on the green terrace. The entrance and garden terrace had n't changed much since our last visit in 1997.
“Are you the swimmer sir?” the boss of the Mocambo restaurant asked Chris while we had dinner with Lolly and her friend Paul and David with his fiancee Naomi. Chris recognised the man also and knew who his father was as well. The family had a photo shop on Park Street.
They talked a few minutes. Chris shared with us how he remembered this man. He was a video producer making adocumentary on one of the famous long distance swimming races in the
Ganges in 1987 in which Chris participated