I’ve always felt a kinship to West Bengal and its capital Kolkata. Whereas my family’s home state of Gujarat is more known for its business, industrial and agricultural prowess, Bengalis count among their number some of India’s greatest writers, filmmakers and designers. In Kolkata, a bookstore is listed among must-see tourist destinations.

Once the colonial capital for British India, Kolkata has fallen into disrepair since its heyday as you can see in these photos from my trip last December. Still, you can imagine its former beauty as you sometimes can in the face of a now-aged debutante.

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