Times change, Spaces change, Humans change and so do Cities. I was born in Calcutta (Kolkata) and as a child was fed with the idea that the “City Of Joy” never changes which reflected in the saying “Kolkata ache Kolkata tei”.
This time when I went to Kolkata for “Mangal Ho” i was excited to test that old saying as I was going to explore the city after more than a decade.
But this time my impression was that the city is changing, the roads are changing, the landscape in changing, the new malls and the new offices and the new wave of consumerism is ushering in a new Kolkata.. which is no more a dying city.
But, inspite of the changes that are happening in Kolkata you can still get tea in kulhars (bhad in Bengali) at only Rs 3 /- , you can still see a solitaire tram meandering towards you, you can still see scores of people playing chess after their office work at one of the busiest roads of Kolkata, at the Gariahat Junction and you can still treat yourself with the Chelo Kebab at Peter Cat in Park Street and the people remain as warm and welcoming as ever.
A very BIG THANK YOU to Kolkata and ALL my friends of Kolkata for the nostalgic trip that i had with you in the past two weeks.
Mangal Ho !!!