Holy temple of endless chatter
During the monsoon (Bengali: barsha) in Kolkata, my spirits always soar, with the help of many a familiar monsoon verse, away into the ethereal realm of newly-washed tree tops swaying above the concrete clutter and the cool caress of the damp breeze carrying a whiff of wet earth.
Kolkata, the city with six seasons
In West Bengal state, of which Kolkata is the capital, we claim to have six seasons: winter, spring, summer, rains, autumn and late autumn. Probably no other Indian region bothers to differentiate climate in such detail. Out of these six seasons, the rains are the most welcome.
Being a rickshaw puller in Kolkata
College Street is the bridge between Central and North Kolkata, the latter being the truly Bengali residential area from centuries past.
Memories of monsoon madness
In Kolkata, capital on India’s West Bengal state, the rains are legendary. Every local has their monsoon memories. My cousin Arpita recalls how she once ended up singing and dancing in the rain.
Celebrating India’s monsoon
Hello Kolkata, the cultural capital of India whose 14 million people mostly survive in poverty while living life on the chaotic streets. Every rainy season transforms the city with monsoon storms that shroud its grand but crumbling architecture in a watery veil to bring out its beauty.