Quintessential Kolkata


It is always interesting to be in Kolkata. There is an initial shock when you come on to the city’s narrow roads: SUVs now share the road with rickshaws, bicycles and forty-year old yellow cabs. Then you find that there are parts of the city which look the same as they did 30 years back: narrow roads, lines of shops in single story structures. The shops open late, because shop keepers are of the opinion that having a good life is more important than getting richer. The combination of the bicycle and the locked door of a shop is quintessentially Kolkata. The colour of the bag in the carrier at the back of the bicycle is also behind the times.

This is my entry for Photrablogger’s Mundane Monday challenge. After all there are few things which are more mundane than a bicycle parked outside a shop. The texture of the door dominates the photo, so I guess I could also submit this to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture challenge.

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Very nice patterns on the floor and the wooden shutter. The color of the wood is also very pleasing. And then the pop of color of the bag behind the cycle. Nice frame.


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