My hotel for the first 3 nights in Kolkata - The Bodhi Tree.
Neighborhood shrine to Ganesh.
Hamming it up. Rickshaw drivers.
Main statues of the Gods to be thrown into the river after the Durga Puja.
One of a multitude of Pandals(temporary temples) used during the week long celebrations of Durga Puja.
Wall to be dis-assembled for re-use next year.
Security - take my photo?
This kind of rigging hold up such large bamboo constructs
A moment of Elegance - "The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs".
Typical neighborhood street scene: throughfare, auto storage, commerce, bath-house and garbage bin.
BYOP - bring your own paper.
Did you say...bamboo? And how much cloth tape to hold it all up?
Pandal being dismanteled after the one week festival - yes, those ropes in the back drop are wrapped in dung.
Enormous scoops of powdered pigment
Part of the side curtain, yes, dung wrapped. Look for the fingerprints.
Yes, an enormous "cloud" of dried dung - India is known for handcrafts!
Lakshmi idols - clay/hand painted - street vendor.
Retail food market. Always a lot of fun. Many vendors give us samples, fruits, nuts and flowers.
"Take my picture!"
Choose your cut - goat, that they call mutton!
Yes.....looks like goat.