The City Of Joy!

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller

There is a city in the eastern part of India and the people of this city embrace literature and philosophy alongside the rich culture and authentic Bengali traditions. I am talking about The City Of Joy – Kolkata or Calcutta, as you may wish to call this beautiful place. The city was once the capital of India and it has always been popular for it’s colorful political culture. In-spite of issues like bad traffic and pollution, the city has always welcomed people from every part of the world and has a lot of offer.

I usually visit Kolkata at least once a year but I never had the courage to walk down the streets with a camera. The crowd and the buzz have always intimated me a little but this time, it was different! This time, I went with a different perspective and I was glad to capture few shots to share over here. 

The quiet street near my home and few clicks in and around!

People in Kolkata enjoy eating fish almost everyday and sometimes, you don’t even have to go to a shop. The fish arrives at your doorstep!


Enjoying a quiet time by the river Ganga.

Wondering about the prop shopping? Thanks to my friend Soma who suggested this amazing place in Kolkata where people like me can just get lost and dream of buying the whole shop! The place is called Rajnikal in Park Street area.

Last few clicks from The City Of Joy!

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Sonia says:

Stunning, nostalgic , jealoussss…. ;p

Notyet100 says:

Awesome clicks.very nicely captured,.

Manisha says:

I, for one, am really glad you stepped out with your camera because these pictures are simply stunning! I’ve never been to Kolkata but it’s on my list of must-visits in India. I know whom to talk to before I go!

Grishma says:

STUNNING! Superb!! Loved seeing Calcutta from your eyes! I haven’t been there but now I want to!

Grishma says:

You know what I so appreciate ur perspective of capturing Calcutta that hat u had when u visited India!
I also wanted to go but just couldn’t!!! :(( Loved every pics!
BTW how many props did u end up buying from that beautiful colorful store??

Rosa says:

What beautiful clicks! Thank you for sharing. An interesting place, for sure.



Gouri says:

Hey Hi,
Too good. Awesome pics and a very lovely post. The city of Joy….yes its he hot and happening city of Kolkata which gives shelter to one and all, rich n poor, salaried and businessman, for Durga puja and for wedding shopping or just for visiting the book fair every year. Loved the place…thank you so much for this post…
By the way please let us know where is this shop? I’ll make sure whenever I am there (may be next year 🙁 ….), will visit it.

Happy Cooking!!!

Tes says:

Wow what a beautiful city 🙂 I can’t wait to go have some adventure there 🙂

These are stunning photos! Thank you for sharing it with us.

I have never had the opportunity to visit India, however the destinations is high on my list.
Your beautiful shots have opened my world today. Thank you!!

what lovely clicks…the hand pump is my favorite :)i’ve been there very long ago..think i enjoyed eating rasogulla the most lol hope the new year is going great for you kankana…

Pia says:

Now you’ve made me miss home! Bhishon shundor post, kankana! Gorgeous.

Tyler Ngo says:

So pretty! I am about going to India, and I am super excited!

Sandhya says:

Beautiful Indeed.. I spent 5 months out there , 4 years ago… My lil one belongs to the place…. Loved shopping out there.. still waiting for a chance to go back…

Divya says:

Lovely clicks, Kankana. I love how the city is so full of life, culture and history. Gorgeous!

Sukanya says:

You have beautifully captured Victoria memorial, its delight to see kolkata thru your lens..btw pls do tell me where do u go for prop shopping in kolkata?

fantastic photos kankana!
how i wish i can get the fish in my doorstep without going to fish market:)
i like the props shop, the color is really fascinating!

Susie says:

Your pictures are beautiful….makes me want to go there and see it for myself. The view through your eyes was lovely.

Priya says:

Really great shots! seeing the colorful India is always a treat to the eyes 🙂

Kankana, you are really talented in photography. You capture great moments and layout is amazing. I really enjoyed your photos and wished that there are more! =P My husband is going to India in March. I should ask him to prop shop? LOL!

simply stunning photographs! I am in awe

Gorgeous pic Kankana, i love the fishes, coconut and hand pump, you make me miss India so much!!

lovely pictures and memories 🙂
happy to hear from you

Wonderful that hand pump picture!

Awesome! What a fantastic virtual trip Kankana..

tigerfish says:

Oh these are certainly beautiful clicks! Hope you have really enjoyed the trip.

Charles says:

Wow, what incredible photos Kankana – I’m so please you shared them with us! Beautiful sights – I’d love to visit some day. Pretty far away from good old France though. Such wonderful buildings and scenery, and the fish looks amazing! Thanks for showing us an insight into this beautiful city! 🙂

This is phenomenal! Your pictures made me crave for visiting my beautiful Kolkata right now!! Did you gorge on the rosogollas and notun gur or not? The pictures are superb! The Rajnikal sounds interesting!! Thanks for that!

Beautiful, beautiful shots…I feel as if I myself have visiting. You seem to have captured the heart and soul of the city!

oh my! I want t fly there. Now! What an AMAZING city.

Beautiful shots! You’ve captured so many different facets of the city and make me want to go visit!

sayantani says:

beautiful clicks Kankana.

You captured the essence of the city beautifully. I visited Kolkatta over 10 years ago and I feel it is beckoning me again!

Aww Kankana, Such a beautiful post. SO happy I caught it. Love your travel pics from India!

You captured the beauty of the city….
Beautiful, that hand pump, coconuts on tree everything…
You really have great photography skills…

Ambika says:

I have always wanted to visit Kolkatta and loot a sweet shop there!! Such a gorgeous photo tour!!

And yes, Pthir pheni does taste a lot like Feni, but I have seen this very interesting recipe somewhere – Finely shredded (shredded just like Feni) and baked Phyllo dough tastes exactly like Feni. Have to try that yet though, just thought of sharing this info with ya 🙂

sally says:

Beautiful photos! Kolkata is on my list of places to go.

Gorgeous shots. Love how it tells a story 🙂

thank you for sharing these pictures, it looks like a magical place
You have the eye of an artist Kankana