This little boy of school-going age was out begging for a living around Victoria Memorial. Starts early and finishes around 4-5 pm. I asked him through an interpreter how much he earns a day. Paraphrasing him, "In one day I can rake (very confidently) in RM5.00. By evening I will be happily home with my family." I found out that home is a small ramshackle hut built with flimsy materials using a wall by the roadside as its back and plastic sheets as its roof.
Thank God that Kolkata has another famous lady. If Queen Victoria was borne to rule, Mother Teresa dedicated herself to serve. She found her calling here in the gutters. I saw an infant being breast-fed by the mother in the five-foot way with their meager belongings in a open space called home. Though she is gone, she had left behind many pairs of hands in the Missionaries of Charity.
Howrah Bridge. Opened in 1943, it was an engineering marvel when it was built across Hooghly River. 450m long with no pylons in the river. It was fully suspended. During peak hours it takes 45 mins to cross the bridge.
Prata anyone? Innovative cooking! Prata placed on the bottom side of the wok to cook:-) I called this "Thinking out of the wok."
Mustard seeds. Check out the pods. Once pods are dried, open it up for the mustard seeds, the peculiar tasting and smelling like it or hate it Indian spice.Postscript: Selba came closest in her guess work. Said it was an Indian building! This Victorian-styled building incorporated Mughal (Islamic) features.