The thing about Kolkata is, you fall for it every time... Everytime you float on 'motherly-Ganges' leaving the worldly burdens behind in the dark cocoon.
Everytime you gape out at the sheer awesomeness that Howrah Bridge is crafted of.
Everytime you overhear gossips of good humoured locals; of politics, of economy, of cricket, of football, of life, of broken marriages, of sad endings, of kids being bogged down with the serpentine syllabus pressure, of 'dadas', 'didis' and 'boudis'.
Everytime you smile, at the ever-so-jovial kids taking unnecessary dips by the ghat.
Everytime you let yourself loose, on the quirky yellow ambassadors, by popping your head out, allowing the breezy magic winds to run the show.
Everytime you dropped your jaws, when the pristine white marbled Victoria Memorial slyly peeked out from the loaded greenery enshrouding it joyously.
Everytime your heart races with the handsome pair of horses drawing vintage chariots.
Everytime you caressed a wish to cage Kolkata to a mushy poem, a para-long write-up or a novel only to realise 'she's born free and wild'. The thing about Kolkata is, you cannot capture it's divine essence to a mere phone click or a big fat novel.
You'll have to dip in the Ganges, drop boatloads of sweat at serpentine traffic jams, sit by the pristine ghats, jostle yourself to the overtly crowded Howrah Station, explore the abandoned bylanes, ride on Tonga-rickshaws, float on jetty, gorge on street food, take shelter under thatched roofs, hear tales of life and love from daily waged and street vendors who've dared the highs to keep them alive...to know what Kolkata is made up of.
Kolkata: You soul-stirring beauty! ❤
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