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Dec 19, 2016 - Train to Kolkata

12/19 We head to rr station @ 7a.m. ___ Luckily, B & M suggested I get on their coach which was 8 coaches away from mine (it was the only way to get all 3 tickets on the same train). For the 12 hour trip it would have been a long, long ride by myself not wanting to leave my bags even chained in a coach so distant from B & M. All went well, I stayed with them the entire time and even when the conductor asked for tickets he never batted an eye. Mare & I played cards almost the entire time! I won just about every game which was very...

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India One More Time

Nov 11, 2016 - Flying to Calcutta via Delhi

11/11 Spent yesterday teeth checking, blood testing, and 4 hours in bank lines changing old 500 & 1000 rupees notes for the 'new' 2000 rupee notes...only could change 4000 at each bank, one bank was so short of new notes they only allowed you to change 1000rupees! We catch buses(4) to Goa airport early even though our flight isn't until 2pm. As it turned out, it was 4 bus rides, 8am - 10am. We were fortunate on the 3rd bus Panjim to Vasco, that a nice lady told us where to get off for the 4th bus to the airport before going all the way to...

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Apr 21, 2014 - Slum Tour In Kolkata

After Delhi our next trip was Kolkata, it was Saturday morning and we landed at Howrah Station. We had our travel agent “Let’s Meet up Tours” to pick us up from the station. The moment we stepped out of Howrah Station we got choked by urban pollution, the Ganges river-though it is considered to be pure and sacred however was full of filth and toxic waste. And of course the sanctified cows that don’t need the driver’s license to go wherever they want to, yet the city was luminously multi-coloured. The representative was very welcoming and...

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Slum Tour of Kolkata

Feb 26, 2014 - A pleasant surprise

Before me the Victoria Memorial is reflected in the lake which is set in peaceful gardens and I can just see the spire of St Paul's Cathedral. Where am I? Transported to some alternate version of London? No, I'm in Kolkata which has turned out to be the biggest surprise of the trip so far. Calcutta was the capital of the British Raj until it was moved to Delhi in 1911 and the city is full of colonial architecture, although sadly many of the buildings languish in a sorry state of decay. When you think of Calcutta, the cliches spring to mind;...

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Six months in Asia

Oct 31, 2013 - India

While visiting India, our first stop as a class was in the city of Calcutta to observe children being raised in a brothel, a very hostile and inappropriate environment for young children to grow up. This however shocking and terrible, was still just their way of life, and what seems so strange to myself is not quite so bad to them. But they do recognize that their lives could be better through education. The documentary we watched cataloged the fight to earn these children a proper education with hopes to help them contribute more fully to...

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Oct 23, 2013 - 22 October - Calcutta

A 5am start today to catch our train to Calcutta, or Kolkata as it's now known. We have a few days there before catching another train to Siliguri up in the hills of Darjeeling. Juan left yesterday with the truck to drive to Siliguri, where we will all meet up again. On Wednesday 6 of us hired a car and driver for the day to take us round the sights - this seemed the easiest way to see a lot in a short time. We visited Jain temples, which were so heavily decorated they were like something from a fairy tale, a Kali temple which we didn't go...

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Sep 12, 2013 - India

As part of our studies of India, the class watched a documentary entitled "Born Into Brothels" which profiled a group of children living in a brothel in the red light district of Calcutta, India. The children from these brothels seemed to be like any other child, glowing with curiosity. Though unlike other children, children who have more of an opportunity to realize their curiosity by being privileged with a better education and better circumstances, these children were bound for a destined track. The girls, like their mothers, would...

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May 1, 2013 - My Trip to Kolkata - City of Joy

Tantalising tastes and smells, alluring structural design and cultural surprises, pickle it all up and consider a million miles from home at Kolkata city. A city of friendly contrasts, Kolkata has an alluring traditional charm and soothing pace of life which cannot be experienced in other metros of India like Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. It is tough to discover an explanation that would do justice to Kolkata, capital of West Bengal. My perception towards this city changed when I first visited Kolkata in December...

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Mar 9, 2012 - Kolkata - Day 2

Breakfast today is included in our room charge and is a pleasant change. We get porridge, tea, toast and jam, just like home, almost. After breakfast I got the chance to arrange to keep our room until 8.30pm. Our train to Darjeeling leaves at 10pm so we will be able to have a day to see a few sights and then relax and clean up before going to the station. Mother Theresa's House was the main place that I wanted to visit. Her tomb is inside the house and they have kept her room just as it was when she lived there. It turned out to be a very...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Kalkota

It's hard to believe but one of the men in the next cabin has brought a large black Labrador type dog along with him on this 27 hour trip, only in India, surely? To our dismay the dog starts barking somewhere between four and five o'clock in the morning, then scrabbling and barking up and down the corridor for ten or fifteen minutes. The whole carriage was alive with people so any further sleep was out of the question. Still not sure if the dog used the western or the squat toilet or whether he was taken off at any of the stations we...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Dual Sim Mobiles – Now Connect Easily With Your Loved Ones

Life with a cellphone is incomplete. We carry this gadget wherever we go. This is something that we can't live without. The recent development in the field of telecommunication is dual sim mobiles. Dual sim cell phones are in high demand now a days because of its innovative features and high end performance. Double sim phones has the ability to grab your attention soon and recent scenario says that demand for this latest technology is high enough. Although the dual SIM mobile phone segment was dominated by local brands till now, but the...

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Dual sim Mobile

Nov 16, 2011 - Relevant information on Outdoor led display

Outdoor Led signs are not only used for outdoor purposes but some are also used for indoor purposes. These devices are colorful and are specially used for the purpose of advertising. These devices are being designed in a unique way and presence of such a device will automatically allure customer's attention. Led signs have lights that often flash on and off to catch customer's attention. If you are the one who is willing to open a business of your own and want to publicize it in a better way then outdoor led display is the perfect device...

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Outdoor Led Display

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