30th November 2014 – Kolkata, India
This nomad had wandered far and wide, his heart never at home. There was a man that searched far and wide. But deep inside, there was a boy, who longed for somewhere to stop for a while, and ponder on which pill to swallow. And home he found, even for a little while, in a chaotic city of joy.
Sudder street is the centre of the backpacking activity in Kolkata. And this shall be my home for the next few weeks.
I have to stay in Kolkata for at least 2 weeks for a couple of reasons. One is to apply for a couple of Visas for France and Bangladesh respectively. And the other is to meet up with someone who is crossing the seas and coming to Kolkata to meet me. While I am not thrilled about the first one, the second one is definitely good reason to look forward to.
The sudder street area is not comprised of just one street. There are parallel and perpendicular streets next to Sudder, which make up the whole tourist ecosystem of Kolkata. Lanes like Tottee lane, Chowringhee lane, and Stuart lane. All of them lined up with everything that can be considered backpackerish. Ranging from cheap momo stalls to air/rail ticket booking centres.
And in the middle of it all, there were those gorgeous soap bubbles.