6th December 2014 – Kolkata, India
What’s with this country, and its ban on the shutterbugs? Its ok to do whatever you want, but forbidden to click? Ridiculous as it may sound, there is a invite for rebellion in it. And so I clicked, every inch of the steel frames, and every single brick.
This ban on photography is really getting on my nerves now. Yesterday, it was the Victoria Memorial. Today, it is the Howrah bridge.
The Howrah bridge is technically called the Rabindra Sethu after a renaming in 1965, but the old name by which it is famous, is here to stay. One of the 4 bridges on the Hooghly river – the others being Vidyasagar, Vivekananda and Nivedita – the howrah bridge is definitely the busiest cantilever bridge in the world, linking the 2 cities of Howrah and Kolkata. And so, I rode to see this magnificent sight today. I braved the traffic and the throngs of people to finally get to this bridge, when I was greeted with a sign. “Photography strictly prohibited”.
I fumed. I raged. What’s wrong with the tourism department in my country?
Well, I guess I finally decided not to be a text-book Indian. I stopped my bike right in the middle of the bridge, got down, and proceeded to take as many pictures as I could of the bridge.
Sometimes, you just have to ignore a law if you think it is stupid.