Author: Souma Kanti Roy

The Overcrowded Public Transport System of Vibrant Kolkata

A typical Bengali will describe the passengers as bats clinging on to the doors and windows of buses and trains. The passengers seem like bees bent on protecting their honey combs. When the buses have not even a square centimetre of floor board left, the conductors will shout and usher in more passengers claiming that their buses are […]

The Fever and Frenzy of Puja Grips Kolkata with Renewed Vigour

Come Durga Puja, Bengalis in Kolkata – and elsewhere – go berserk with joy. The fever and frenzy of Puja grip the city. A month or two before the festival, the markets of Gariahat, Hatibagan, and New Market are choked with women. The local clubs start promoting the theme of the puja pandals. The shopping malls are inundated […]