Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kolkata: First impressions

Cows and dogs in the street. Bicyclists, pedestrians and rickshaws going every which way. And cars driving pell mell, as fast as they can on the left side of the road. I'm so glad I don't have to drive around here 'cause it's more than a little crazy. See a tiny spot over there that your car may fit into? Head for it and amazingly enough it often turns into just enough room -- but not an inch more -- for you to travel another block or two. Keep going and a bus may cut you off but that's what brakes are for. And one must definitely have one hand on the horn while the other is on the wheel. Honking at someone every minute or so is definitely a required part of the driving experience.

Lots of people & traffic -- shacks for homes -- high rises being built -- big brown eyes of the woman begging outside of the airport -- contrasts in rich and poor.

Welcome to Kolkata!

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