36 hours in Kolkata

#1 Nov 24th, 2012, 20:03
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Hi all,

Here's an article I found on Kolkata in the New York Times.

CONTEMPORARY narratives of resurgent India frequently sidestep the city of Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, the capital of the state of West Bengal and the seat of power during the British Raj. The city’s political clout has long since shifted to New Delhi, and its economic might more recently to Mumbai. Yet its reputation as an intellectual and cultural hub still lingers — five Nobel Prize winners are associated with the city, including the economist Amartya Sen and the poet-novelist-painter-songwriter Rabindranath Tagore. But like the rest of India, this clamorous yet charming city is changing: in 2011, the democratically elected Communist government of West Bengal was voted out of power after 34 years. For many Bengalis, this political transition reflects a desire to catch up with the rest of India. Visitors exploring Kolkata today are in a position to glimpse an emerging urban modernity but still have the opportunity to explore the city’s rich past, which, for now, remains unavoidable at every step.
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#2 Nov 25th, 2012, 02:13
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Originally Posted by nadreg View Post Hi all,
Here's an article I found on Kolkata in the New York Times.
The article covers a lot
Just missing one line "to know more about Kolkata please visit Kolkata section of www.indiamike.com"
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#3 Nov 29th, 2012, 08:06
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Generally the "36 hours" features in NYT are really superficial: spas, expensive restaurants, superficial amusements, etc. There's some of that in the Kolkata article, but nonetheless I liked it quite a lot. He got the basics right.

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