Edward, our Church Treasurer is currently working in Calcutta from where he sends this ‘postcard’:
So many people, so busy about their day to day life and such wild driving. My driver seems to have his hand on the horn all the time and traffic lights are no more than a suggestion. A city of contrasts where the hand pulled rickshaw delivers office workers to computer desks equipped with the latest cyber technology. Taxi’s stop for no-one crossing the road, but everyone stops to let cattle wander about unhindered. The food isn’t so dissimilar from Longsight market although there’s a lot more washing of hands before meals.
We spent the weekend on a tea plantation bungalow the last 3 nights and saw tea manufacture from tea bush to packaged box. The bungalow was interesting in that it was built in the Victorian era, so no air-conditioning but beautiful furniture. The tea estate runs as a mini-kingdom where housing, education, medical support and welfare are provided to the workers & families.
Calcutta is a real experience!