The City Of Joy!

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“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. 

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

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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!

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Enjoying a quiet time by the river Ganga.

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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.

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Last few clicks from The City Of Joy!

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  • Sonia
    January 8, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Stunning, nostalgic , jealoussss…. ;p

  • Notyet100
    January 8, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Awesome clicks.very nicely captured,.

  • Manisha
    January 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    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
    January 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

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

  • Grishma
    January 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    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
    January 8, 2012 at 10:41 PM

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



  • aarthi
    January 9, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Awesome clicks

  • Gouri
    January 9, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    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
    January 9, 2012 at 3:02 AM

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

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    January 9, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Beautiful photos!!!!

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    January 9, 2012 at 7:26 AM

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

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    January 9, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    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!!

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    January 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    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
    January 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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

  • Tyler Ngo
    Tyler Ngo
    January 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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

  • Sandhya
    January 9, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    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
    January 9, 2012 at 1:57 PM

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

  • Sukanya
    January 9, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    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?

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    January 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    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
    January 9, 2012 at 10:04 PM

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

  • Priya
    January 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    January 9, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    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!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    January 10, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    simply stunning photographs! I am in awe

  • Ananda Rajashekar
    Ananda Rajashekar
    January 10, 2012 at 11:46 AM

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

  • torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom
    January 10, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    lovely pictures and memories 🙂
    happy to hear from you

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    January 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Wonderful that hand pump picture!

  • Radhika | Just Home Made
    Radhika | Just Home Made
    January 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    Awesome! What a fantastic virtual trip Kankana..

  • tigerfish
    January 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM

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

  • Charles
    January 11, 2012 at 5:35 AM

    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! 🙂

  • Purabi Naha
    Purabi Naha
    January 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    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!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    January 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

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

    [email protected]
    January 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

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

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    January 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM

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

  • sayantani
    January 12, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    beautiful clicks Kankana.

  • easyfoodsmith
    January 12, 2012 at 11:37 PM

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

  • foodwanderings
    January 13, 2012 at 8:23 PM

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

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    January 14, 2012 at 7:59 PM

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

  • Ambika
    January 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    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
    January 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

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

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    January 19, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Gorgeous shots. Love how it tells a story 🙂

  • Sawsan@chef in disguise
    [email protected] in disguise
    January 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

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