West Bengal

A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 4

India

When the last day comes, you put on your red party dress and get dolled up one last time. You put on your chandelier earrings, your gold bangles, and clip a flower in your hair. You walk into the Oberoi Grand a final time. In addition to the work-required benevolence of the hotel employees, you […]

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A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 3

India

We’re Going to Ibiza? With two days of a marathon wedding behind us, it was time for a day of letting loose; a day of taking off the fancy clothes and just being us. I’d enjoyed the shining Indian attire and the oos and ahs I got from locals as I made my way back […]

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A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 2

India

Before the Wedding Ceremony When you wear a sari, you need the correct undergarments. My pre-made petticoat fit well, but the top that was tailored for me did not. After I returned from the flower market, I dashed through the markets in the Sudder Street area until I found a vendor who carried ready made […]

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Photo Essay: A Visit to the Howrah Flower Market in Kolkata

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I visited three cab drivers before I found one who understood where I wanted to go and knew how to get there. After a short drive, we stopped in front of what appeared to be a slum with people selling random goods in front of it. “This can’t be the right place,” I thought. The […]

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A Four Day Bengali Wedding: Day 1

India

Turmeric and Mehndi I arrived early to the Oberoi Grand on the first wedding day. While I waited, it finally occurred to me that it was fairly crazy to go halfway around the world to a wedding where I only knew the bride. Nervousness began to creep up in my stomach. After a wait that […]

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My Two Kolkatas

India

On the first day of the wedding festivities, I walked into the opulent lobby of the Oberoi Grand. Everything about it was truly grand: the chandelier hanging from the ceiling, the flower arrangement in the center, the piano, the amount of space, the way I was greeted by the employees. It was clear that there […]

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Photo Essay: Scenes from Kolkata

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In Kolkata, I didn’t have a lot of time to wander and take pictures of the city, so I always tried to have my camera ready to capture everyday moments and sights that I found to be interesting. Most of these pictures were taken in the Sudder Street area or from the backseat of taxi […]

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Photo Essay: Exploring the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

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The Victoria Memorial is Kolkata’s main attraction. Architecturally, the building draws from both Indian and English aesthetics and it looks like a cross between the Taj Mahal and the White House or the Capitol Building. It’s quite a stunning building and the memorial grounds also include expansive and well-maintained gardens and lawns. Inside the memorial […]

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