Kolkata: the shock of the back streets

Leaving our hotel compound, We experienced the immediate full chaotic shock of the Park Street area of central Kolkata. I felt more like a voyeur than a tourist. Viewing beauty provides its own justification, but there is little beauty here. Just the fascination in seeing live animals beside dismembered ones, animal parts in all stages of preparation, cooking, and the final product being described to us a constant loud unintelligible rapid fire.

The contrasts 10m from our hotel gate are mind-boggling. The ancient and primitive sit right beside a modern ATM. Cheap handmade bangles and baubles are sold right next to the latest phones and SIM cards. The English speaking technician sells, installs and tests our purchases faster and more efficiently than anyone I have encountered in Oz!

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