Project 365: Day 158 – On a forbidden bridge 1

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.
howrah bridge, kolkata, india

Only because it was forbidden. – Howrah bridge in Kolkata, India

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.


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About Abhi Surendran

Abhi quit his corporate job, and decided to immerse himself in travels, photography, occasional periods of bankruptcy, and copious amounts of insanity. He is currently working on a book of his experiences, and a dream road trip through South Asia. Both in a haphazard fashion. He blogs at Iamnothome and you can also catch him at times on Facebook and twitter.

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One thought on “Project 365: Day 158 – On a forbidden bridge

  • shubasini sivapregasam

    It’s understandable and logic behind not wanting people to take photographs of this iconic place, especially country like India! But what I don’t get it how people from the movie industry get to do that and its shown worldwide! You people are just weird then Malaysian!