Today I took a walking tour of old Calcutta, the Kumartuli and Chitpore Road Walk, which covers part of the “black city” where the natives lived, as opposed to the “white city” where the Brits lived in past history. Kolcutta was the capital of India prior to independence.
Several women from the group joined me. The guide, Tathagata Neogi, an archaeologist from Heritage Walks, took us down to a ghat on the Hooghly River, which is a tributary of the Ganges. In a few days when the Durga Festival starts, statues of Durga, a goddess of peace and home life, will be brought to ghats all along the river and tossed in so they return to the spirit world.