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Old 21st August 2009, 14:30   #31
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Here comes the Second Set of Kolkata Photoblog 2009 | Q2 & Q3
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Fantastic set, my friend. you have managed to portray a very realistic picture of Kolkota.
Some of the pictures have great symmetry and composition, and the night shots (Long exposures) are very well captured. the captions are full of sarcastic, but light and healthy humor.

and by the way you have a great eye to spot everyday photo ops. well done
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Fantastic set, my friend. you have managed to portray a very realistic picture of Kolkota.
Some of the pictures have great symmetry and composition, and the night shots (Long exposures) are very well captured. the captions are full of sarcastic, but light and healthy humor.

and by the way you have a great eye to spot everyday photo ops. well done
Thank You for the words of appreciation. This is indeed my way to portray things the way they are and maybe trigger a change somewhere maybe.
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Awesome set of picture. Man I wonder how do you get the composition for these pictures.

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Incredible Kolkata!
The captions portray the true story!
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Hey BT, good stuff here again! Great photography. Looking for more...
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BT, nice pics and captions, as usual!

How about some more pics of Salt Lake, Ultadanga, College Street, etc?

I've seen a heck of a lot of pics of Gariahat area from you earlier.
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great photos man, I really enjoyed them! Keep posting....

ps, any drivoblogs coming up?
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You just refreshed my trip to Kolkotta nice one
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Great pics mate. excellent comments as well. Looking at the last pic, am hungry now. It looks yummy
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Great pics mate. excellent comments as well. Looking at the last pic, am hungry now. It looks yummy
It was Yummy

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great photos man, I really enjoyed them! Keep posting....

ps, any drivoblogs coming up?
Drivoblogs are everywhere, 'just google'

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BT, nice pics and captions, as usual!

How about some more pics of Salt Lake, Ultadanga, College Street, etc?

I've seen a heck of a lot of pics of Gariahat area from you earlier.
True I was too repetitive on Gariahat area. Hope you are getting my emails regularly.

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Hey BT, good stuff here again! Great photography. Looking for more...
Hope your Dec Visit to CCU is on schedule.

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Incredible Kolkata!
The captions portray the true story!
Thats Life for a Lens.

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Awesome set of picture. Man I wonder how do you get the composition for these pictures.

Cheers
Photos follow Captions.

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You just refreshed my trip to Kolkotta nice one
I'm overwhelmed.
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btirthankar, wow what a splendid picturesque you shared here, though lots of chaios,dirt, messy,humid the city may be still it has that smell which just makes you love this place, those road eataries, mishti doi, rosogulla, sandesh,puchka which i feel is best available over there are just to add your stay more.thankyou for sharing some good old memories of that city.
Also to mention icecream soda, one of its kind.
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btirthankar, wow what a splendid picturesque you shared here, though lots of chaios,dirt, messy,humid the city may be still it has that smell which just makes you love this place, those road eataries, mishti doi, rosogulla, sandesh,puchka which i feel is best available over there are just to add your stay more.thankyou for sharing some good old memories of that city.
Also to mention icecream soda, one of its kind.
There is indeed an invisible 'pull' that the city has on you. But things are changing gradually, the development work I mean.

Icecream Soda, yes - Bijoligrill anytime.
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Hi, Really awesome pics and really witty comments. It was a real treat. I have been to Kolkata when I was a one year old baby. But after looking at the pics, I dont know why, I am getting Nostalgic. Thanks again for this awesome Photoblog.
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Hi, Really awesome pics and really witty comments. It was a real treat. I have been to Kolkata when I was a one year old baby. But after looking at the pics, I dont know why, I am getting Nostalgic. Thanks again for this awesome Photoblog.
What makes Kolkata different is that this is a very 'people centric' city. And the amazing concentration of people in one area though chaotic, has its underlying synergies. Everybody wants things to their conveniences, at their doorstep like the STD Booth, Pan wala, domestic help, janitor or even the vegetable hawker. And this has what created such a complex social network among them that they are resistant to change. Try removing hawkers, or widen roads or remove encroachments and the whole thing roars up. Why? because everybody has vested interests, caused by the complex social network, mentioned just now.

If all of them (people & services) were located far apart as it ideally would in a planned urban sprawl, what would happen is that 'costs' may increase. Costs of commuting, Costs of people's time. Costs of transportation. Cost of physical space. Perhaps this is what brought people so close together, nevermind the inconveniences and kept certain goods and services cheaper than elsewhere.

And it though does applies to many Indian towns, this phenomenon is unique to a Kolkata as it falls under Metro Category.

Now one may wonder why a bustling metro could not expand horizontally like other cities? One reason (apart from its geographical limitations) is surely the weak economic situation of the masses - the lower middle class & the BPL category. Kolkata has been the respite of lakhs of migrants from the surrounding geography. And they remain poor, generations to generations.

Refer to to the Maslow's theory of Needs here. Once the basic needs are fulfilled, humans don't want to egg further. Yes there are voids somewhere in each of the stages in the Maslow's Needs Hierarchy as far as the people of this city is considered, but what the city actually provides is fulfilment of most of those needs. Perthaps that's why they call it the City of Joy, isnpite of the shabbiness, fadedness, discomfort, chaos, imperfections it may offer.

They are happy their own way after all, so what if they are 'monetarily poor'. As someone rightly said - 'poverty breeds poverty'.
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