Day in Kolkata (Calcutta) started with visit to my father-in-laws's grave. Karen, Janet, Allison and Jim Muff
Saw this abandoned looking rickshaw which looks like something that should be in a museum..
Out of nowhere a rickshaw driver and a potential passenger appear
Couldn't help but notice this open electrical box. You just don't see stuff like this in the United States because of liability issues. Some kid could come along and electrocute himself playing with the wires.
Off they go. Note the grill work painted blue and white. This color scheme is all over Kolkata. Apparently the mayor has instituted this as a beatification scheme. There was even an article about it in the L.A. Times.
Rickshaw rides are obviously for short trips that cabs don't want to be bothered with. And some areas are closed off from cars.
Typical street scene. This vehicle would be called an auto rickshaw.
This looks like a forest but it's actually just one huge banyan tree.
Jim & Karen Muff
Indian girl wearing some bling.
Wild monkeys scampering in the distance. I sauntered up as close as I could to them but being careful because I've heard sometimes monkeys think cameras are a food offering and try to grab them.
A little dude.
These monkeys had very long tails.
A bicycle repair shop. I saw these all over India. Often nothing more than a small inventory and a few tools.
The Indian legal system is not as robust as ours so it's very common to see open, unmarked trenches.
Sampans on the Ganges.
People often asked me to take their photograph. I would give them my SmugMug card and hopefully they can find their photos here.
Modern looking bridge similar to one in Bombay and in Boston.
A classy carriage ride for the hard to impress girlfriend.
A street side tea vendor. One Starbucks would put hundreds of people out of business.
I tried to take photos unobtrusively but it was impossible except from inside our van. These men liked having their picture taken.
Our room at the Oberoi Hotel in Calcutta.
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