Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Calcutta, Kolkata

{January, 2011}














"He'd spent his first week in the city exploring. He'd attended mass at an Anglican church with a gaping hole in the roof and a congregation of six octogenarians. At a Communist playhouse, he'd sat through a three-hour production of Mother Courage in Bengali. He'd walked up and down Chowringhee Road, past astologers reading faded Tarot cards and barbers cutting hair while squatting at the curb. A street vendor had summoned Mitchell over to look at his wares: a pair of prescription eyeglasses and a used toothbrush. The uninstalled sewer pipe in the road was big enough for a family to camp inside. At the Bank of India, the businessman in front of Mitchell in line was wearing a solar-powered wristwatch. The policemen directing traffic were as expressive as Toscanini. The cows were skinny and wore eye makeup, like fashion models. Everything Mitchell saw, tasted, or smelled was different from what he was used to."

From Jeffrey Eugenides' new novel The Marriage Plot.  Go out and buy it in hardcover right. now. 

17 comments:

  1. second shot: there are TREES growing out of the walls+eaves. TREES!! amazing!

    sixth shot: you are so much taller than everyone there. (...maybe i should visit+feel tall?)

    these are awesome. :)

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  2. Those are so amazing! They really look like something out of a National Geographic spread or something.

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  3. great portrait of the city...really fantastic series!

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  4. Thanks for sharing more of India with us! My hubbie is going to be working on and off in Pune (city south of Mumbai) and I said he could take the new job only on the proviso that we get a trip to India too!! I can't wait.....

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  5. I stayed up until 2:30 two nights ago to finish it! SO amazing. Glad you loved it.

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  6. eugenides is a poet

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  7. these shots are amazing... love'em all.

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  8. "The cows were skinny and wore eye makeup, like fashion models." i love it.. need to get this

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  9. wow, visual overload/treat!
    great photos.

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  10. Amazing! I really love the shot of all the guys in the taxi. And the book sounds wonderful too.

    xo
    cortnie

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  11. oh my goodness, i totally forgot that Jeffery Eugenides had a new book out!! thank you for reminding me. i need to go get that asap. and these photos are amazing. so happy to have come across your blog.

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  12. Ooo I love his work! Must put that on my Xmas list. :)

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  13. Thanks, love many of his books! Will do!
    I also posted on a bunch of books.... come and see!

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  14. I've been searching for a new book. I'm going to pick this one up this weekend! It sounds like something I would like.

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