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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Some more glimpses of India

I went to Calcutta for a day and these are some of the quick pictures that I took while I was there for a few hours. The sun was so hot that I just could not take proper pictures of some of the interesting sites that I would have liked to.
This the Victoria Memorial Hall in Calcutta. The whole building is built in marble. The building itself could have been anywhere in England it is so English except that the palm trees give it away. There was an exhibition of paintings by Emily Eden which were beautiful .You can read about it here.
The mote surrounding the building it could be somewhere in hide park it seemed so familiar
The grounds in Victoria Memorial Hall. Feels almost as if one is in England here.
This is Birla Mandir a temple which I took a picture of from the cab.
A street in Calcutta with its tram lines. During the hey days of British Raj it must have been grand but now it has all gone to seed.
Even the tram carriages look as though they have never been changed since the British left. I tried to take a picture but was not very successful. The Ganges and in the distance you can see the famous Howrah Bridge. The taxi man dare not go on that bridge as that bridge is perpetually gridlocked. This picture I took from the new bridge on which we were not allowed to stop but the taxi man took pity on me and risked his license for me to take a picture LOL!
A minaret of a mosque with beautiful mosaic work. Wish I could have had time to stop and take better pictures.
Back in Chennai a lorry laden with bananas. I think the best bananas come from Tamil Nadu . I may be biased but I have never seen so many varieties or tasted such sweet bananas anywhere else. For those who don't know, Tamil Nadu is one of the States of which Chennai (formally known as Madras) is the capital .


  1. Gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing Shashi! Rest up, it looks like you had a very busy trip. It's good that you're back home again all safe & sound. :-)

  2. I love the pictures Shashi. I have never been to Calcutta. Looks like a neat city. Hugs...heera

  3. What amazing photos! There seems to be quite a mix of English style architect and Indian.

    Thanks for sharing the photos with us. It is a real treat for someone like like me that doesn't travel.

  4. I think I'll never get bored of your pictures :)

  5. such beautiful and interesting pictures - thank you for sharing them.. I feel like I have been there :-)

  6. Such wonderful architecture! Sounds like you had a terrific trip.


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