The city is centred on the east bank of the Hugli Hooghly River , once the main channel of the Ganges Ganga River , about 96 miles km upstream from the head of the Bay of Bengal ; there the port city developed as a point of transshipment from water to land and from river to sea. A city of commerce, transport, and manufacture, Kolkata is the dominant urban centre of eastern India. A third opinion traces it to the Bengali words for lime calcium oxide; kali and burnt shell kata , since the area was noted for the manufacture of shell lime. In the government of West Bengal officially changed the name of the city to Kolkata. Area city, 40 square miles square km ; urban agglom. Fashioned by the colonial British in the manner of a grand European capital—yet now set in one of the poorest and most overpopulated regions of India—Kolkata has grown into a city of sharp contrasts and contradictions.
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In the late afternoon, I walked to Babu Ghat, and onto the broad concrete slipway that descended into the water, where a few moored boats bobbed slowly and men and children bathed in underclothes. The sticky heat had finally begun to break and people were out sitting on the banks of the Hooghly, chatting, eating, or just watching the sun glitter on the water as it began its descent. A young man approached me and, apropos of nothing, asked if I liked Kolkata. Kolkata, a city strongly associated with British rule and the East India Company, has a fascinating relationship with its colonial history. Combined with spicy Bengali cuisine and a love of fried street food, it proved a rewarding place to explore — and naturally, I managed to keep my budget in check. I rented the room through Airbnb, which I use judiciously.
Interpreter of Maladies is a book collection of nine short stories by American author of Indian origin Jhumpa Lahiri published in The stories are about the lives of Indians and Indian Americans who are caught between their roots and the "New World". A married couple, Shukumar and Shoba, live as strangers in their house until an electrical outage brings them together when all of sudden "they [are] able to talk to each other again" in the four nights of darkness. From the point of view of Shukumar, we are given bits and pieces of memory which slowly gives insight into what has caused the distance in the marriage. For a brief moment, it seems the distance is nothing but perhaps a result of a disagreement.
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