Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Where nobody gives up


Rickshaw-puller & shopping
mall

Robert D. Kaplan is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., USA. He visited Calcutta last year. His article on the city, "Oh! Kolkata!" has been published in The Atlantic.

Kaplan writes:

"...Calcutta is, frankly, obscene. ... Calcutta is an eccentric jumble, of which poverty is but the outer layer. ... Despite the distracting horror of pavement life, the real story of Calcutta is its transformation into a global city... For all Calcutta’s aspirations to become a global city, its history suggests that the transition won’t be altogether peaceful. ... "

Read the article here.

Photo: Atul Loke.

1 comment:

Vibhanshu said...

Calcutta has always fascinated me... Though it was so close to home I never got a chance to "visit" Calcutta. It was a always a place in transit for me. But I need to correct this folly this time around :) I am planning to do a photo shot in Calcutta around august, any suggestions would be welcome.

Thx