India - Part 4 Kolkata (West Bengal)

From the mellow beachside shennanigans in Goa it was time to witness some chaos and city life so it was off to Kolkata in West Bengal to stay with some friends. The taxi journey from the airport to my friends house was an eye opener, taxi had more holes in it than a colander so a view of the road beneath rushing past was new to me. Also the lack of suspension was testing my spine out but it was a brilliant experience, this was the view looking out through the front of the cab, notice the good luck charm hanging from the mirror consisting of limes and chillies. These can be seen in most vehicles around these parts, and with the driving in India I felt the charm was needed.

 

 

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 Cute little cluttered stores line the back streets of Calcutta.

Cute little cluttered stores line the back streets of Calcutta.

 A recycling centre in Kolkata, the colours of India are truly vibrant and evident in this city.

A recycling centre in Kolkata, the colours of India are truly vibrant and evident in this city.

 Rickshaw guy taking a break from having to pull that thing in the searing heat.

Rickshaw guy taking a break from having to pull that thing in the searing heat.

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 This guy is my beard hero, obviously napping after a Holi festival party!

This guy is my beard hero, obviously napping after a Holi festival party!

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 If only we were so bold with our colour palettes. C'mon people lets follow India and go crazy with colour, it lifts the mood trust me.

If only we were so bold with our colour palettes. C'mon people lets follow India and go crazy with colour, it lifts the mood trust me.

 The playful kids of Kolkata, inquisitive and certainly not shy in front of my camera.

The playful kids of Kolkata, inquisitive and certainly not shy in front of my camera.

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 Kushti wrestlers practicing their art just behind the flower markets alongside the ghats. Was getting a flintstones vibe of these guys, I think it was their clubs.  Traditional Indian wrestling isn't just a sport - it's an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits. The focus is on living a pure life, building strength and honing their wrestling skills.  

Kushti wrestlers practicing their art just behind the flower markets alongside the ghats. Was getting a flintstones vibe of these guys, I think it was their clubs.

Traditional Indian wrestling isn't just a sport - it's an ancient subculture where wrestlers live and train together and follow strict rules on everything from what they can eat to what they can do in their spare time. Drinking, smoking and even sex are off limits. The focus is on living a pure life, building strength and honing their wrestling skills.
 

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 The vibrancy of the rammed Kolkata flower markets.

The vibrancy of the rammed Kolkata flower markets.

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 A little pit stop for some Chai tea, love this stuff it's everywhere in India. I guess their version of builders tea back home in the UK.

A little pit stop for some Chai tea, love this stuff it's everywhere in India. I guess their version of builders tea back home in the UK.

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