Calcutta: The City of Joy

Since Indian Independence, the West Bengal capital of Calcutta has developed an unfortunate reputation as the city of despair. To locals, though, Calcutta remains the City of Joy - a vibrant metropolis, the intellectual and cultural capital of India. I found Calcutta to be friendly and relaxed, despite its poverty and overpopulation problems. Here, I photographed an intersection not far from the Kalighat temple. Mother Theresa's Home for the Dying and Destitute can be seen in the background.