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Gillander House, B B D Bagh, Kolkata

Gillander House in B B D Bagh, Kolkata, was built by the British in late 19th century. It has a grand-looking lion carved on the black metal gate at the main entrance of the building, and a small stone-carved elephant standing on a pillar on the facade of the building. The second photo shows some of the embellishments on the metal gate. The building is in some disrepair and needs restoration.

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Graffiti, Tushar Food Hub, Nashik, Maharashtra

Graffiti on the walls of Tushar Food Hub, a restaurant on College Road in Nashik (Nasik), a town 170 kms north-east of Mumbai in Maharashtra.

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Tushar Food Hub (recently opened) and its older iconic cousin Hotel Tushar are both famous for misal pav, a Marathi snack or light meal. ‘Misal’ is made of bean sprouts and farsan, sprinkled with diced onions, bits of coriander and lemon juice, on which a spicy curry is poured over. Misal is usually accompanied by and eaten with Indian bread rolls called ‘pav’.

Alfresco Grand, Guwahati, Assam 2

It had become dark quickly and the boat had switched on blue fluorescent lamps on the decks, creating a kind of effect you see in bars and nightclubs. We had slowly and soundlessly moved away from the river bank, watching the lights of Guwahati city fading away in the distance. Soon we were gently cruising down the Brahmaputra.

A DJ had started up a show on the lower deck and everyone was escorted downstairs. I had decided to stay up, enjoying the anonymity and the serenity of the Brahmaputra… until we were returned to Guwahati an hour or so later.

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Alfresco Grand, Guwahati, Assam 1

Last year in November, when I was in Guwahati in Assam, I took an evening river cruise on the Alfresco Grand. The cruise was on the Brahmaputra River which flows down from the Himalayas, through 2900 kms of terrain, including Guwahati city, to the Bay of Bengal.

An interesting fact is that the Brahmaputra is the only river in India to have a masculine or male name (all other Indian rivers have names of women). As you will see from the photos, the Brahmaputra was calm and peaceful – a wonderful feeling.

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Pigeon, Kolkata

Watchful pigeon on terrace. More pigeons here.

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Crow, Kolkata

A curious crow came by to see what I was doing with my camera… [You might also like Crow’s Nest.]

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