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Chowringhee Road and Monsoon Season

September 5, 2009

The first day in Kolkata we walked to Chowringhee Road, one of the original roads in the city and the single most important road in the metropolis of Kolkata.

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Today there was a political rally opposing the ruling Communist party.

Supporters of this opposition party, the Trinamul Congress, gathered in small groups.

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Inflammatory posters were everywhere, even in front of the mosque, and music blared.

It was the anniversary of the death of 13 Youth Congress workers killed in police firing 16 years ago.

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Police poured on to the streets and took strategic positions.

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Then suddenly the sky darkened.  June to September is monsoon season in Kolkata.  Monsoon comes from the Arabic, mawsim (موسم “season”), and is a seasonal prevailing wind that brings heavy rainfall.

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Even though it rains for at least a couple of hours most days, the Bengalis darted for cover any way they could and pulled plastic sheets over their goods.

Bill and I caught a cab for the Kali Temple before the speeches began.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2009 8:22 pm

    I’ve been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work.

  2. ABHIJIT CHATTERJEE permalink
    December 13, 2009 7:32 am

    The rally is recalled every year remembering the day. But to be frank the youths who died in police firing got out of bound and so far the local news says the leader lady escaped from the leading part to safe police custody and the ignorant boys shot down. None takes care of the familily of the deads – not the party or the state. I personally hate this type of politics where power is the bird’s eye.

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