For some, Calcutta is a Dantesque city, for others a sewer city where the dregs of humanity are rotting, for others it is the City of Joy as Dominique Lapierre popularized it by choosing the nickname Calcutta as the title of his best-seller published in 1985. As for us, we prefer to stick to the etymology of the name.

Calcutta is a deformation of Kalikata, the city of Kali, the Goddess of Destruction. A city where everything ends and everything begins again. A city of extraordinary vitality that the traveller would be well advised to discover after a certain habituation to India.

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