Kolkata: The Last Ambassador

As we walk Kolkata, nothing is more ubiquitous than the sight and sounds of the yellow taxis.

The past British domination echoes from every curve of their bodies and beep of their horns. Although made new up until 2011 by Hindustan Motors and called the Ambassador Classic, they have remained a very close copy of the 1956 Morris Oxford II.

In 2011, they could not meet more stringent pollution standards and Hindustan Motors is now going broke fast.

I have confidence that economic necessity will force the poor taxi drivers to keep them serving as British ambassadors on the streets of Kolkata for at least another decade.

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