On the Streets of Calcutta (Kolkata)

 

A walk in Calcutta in December 2018. There is much clutter in streets in Indian cities. It is sometimes difficult to isolate subjects for good framing. But one perhaps gets the idea of what goes on in Indian streets.

Pictures taken with a Leica M6. Leica Summarit 35 mm f 2.5 lens. Kodak Tri-X film shot at ISO 1600. Developed with Kodak HC-110 developer.

Street food is everywhere on the streets in Calcutta. It provides cheap meals for the many who could not afford to go to a restaurant. Efficient, even if sometimes disorderly.

Shops near Nakhoda Masjid (a large mosque) in the Moslem district.

A busy street

A lot of transportation by human power.

Goats and dogs share the street.

Street markets. Colorful, but I do black and white.

Carrying goods by rickshaw is common.

Street food for goats too.

A meat shop.

More Street Food.

Street life

Tata Trucks

Long Road Ahead for a human draft animal.

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Entrance to Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque)

Street Restaurant

The Red Rose

Local Street Toughs. They asked me for dollars.

The old Rickshaw, waiting for the human horse.

Trees grow out of an elegant old building on a main street.

Gateway to Paradise

Busy Street

Corner Shop

Street Life

Heavy Load. One way to carry it.

Moti Mahal Guest House

That’s a lot of street life on one roll of film. One section of a great and dynamic city. One can come to love it, the same way one loves any great city in the world.

 

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Some Street Pictures of Kolkata (Calcutta)

These pictures were taken in December 2018 in Kolkata (Calcutta). I like to use the old name of the city, Calcutta, better. I guess I just got used to that. A great city, which would be educational for anyone to visit.

These pictures were made with my cell phone. I normally shoot film, but I was running out of film, so I had to take some pictures that way.

A street scene with an old classical building. Part of the picture is underexposed, due to the shitty quality one sometimes gets with a cell phone.

Selling fresh coconuts on the street. These are cut open for the juice inside. Much more healthy that drinking Coke or Pepsi.

An ice cream vendor in the evening.

There are still these old-fashioned types of rickshaws on the streets. It seems that they should be banned, but they provide some way for some people to make a sort of living. Personally, I would not want to take one of these. It just seems too inhumane. 

Inside an old Hindustan Ambassador taxi. I love these old cars, based on a 1940s British model. They are like something out of the 1950s. They are no longer made in India. The drivers put their little Hindu gods and goddesses on the dash board. Amusing. They are supposed to be metered, but generally, one just agrees to a price to go somewhere.

Alongside a city bus. Some of the public transport buses are in quite poor shape and incredibly crowded.

I am not sure if this emergency exit would be very useful in the event of an accident. It might just be a case of bending over and kissing one’s sweet ass goodbye. WB is West Bengal state.

A large mosque in a Moslem section of the city. Some people do not realize that a large number of Moslems live in India. In fact, it is a major Moslem country in terms of numbers of Moslems. It is the Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque). 

An older man in traditional Islamic dress. Don’t think there is any danger to foreigners here. People are fine and quite friendly. So one can feel quite at home, if that person is used to living and travelling in foreign countries.

A typical street-food place in Calcutta. It is a cheap place to eat and usually the food is quite good. On a holiday, it might not be the best idea. One must be acclimatized to Indian food.

The entrance to Nakhoda Mosque. Personally, I generally avoid anything having to do with religion. It makes life a hell of a lot easier.

A street in front of the Mosque.

This poor son of a bitch is having a hard day every day. Why wouldn’t he be wise to welcome a communist revolution? Actually the Marxists ruled West Bengal for many years, but didn’t do enough for the masses. If one compares this with China, one has to appreciate what a great success Mao was in modernizing China. Almost everything that Americans use these days is made in China. 

A calendar in Urdu, English and probably Hindi. The print is a little hard to make out.

These bananas are very tasty as they are generally ripened naturally and grown locally. Fruit is plentiful all through the year.

Indian capitalism has turned this poor guy into a human draft animal. Shouldn’t he be loyal to an economic system that treats him worse than a horse or a bullock? Where is the claim for justice and human rights? Why would such a person be worse off under communism? 

Another street seller. He is an entrepreneur. 

Another old classical building, now falling into decay. Want to compare this to what one sees in Shanghai? Now who says that Mao was not successful in developing China. Mao laid the foundation for capitalist China today. Yes, it is capitalist, but east Asian state-guided capitalism, not the wild west yahoo capitalism that has ripped the USA to hell. In the USA, corporate capitalists are the ruling class. Bezos with Amazon made profits of eight billion and is paying no taxes at all to the state. Now that is a hell of a ruling class. A hell of a democracy!

Getting fat with street profits.

Street scene, Calcutta. One might want to take a trip to Calcutta and see how Indian capitalism is treating the masses. One might learn some things that are not taught by professors in Economics 101. Most of those teaching the courses have never ever taken a trip outside the USA! That could make one think a little bit about what is going on in the world.