Chancing upon the Calcutta Houses account on Instagram (pictured above and below) could all too easily be the start of a descent down a long rabbit hole.
Calcutta Houses‘ posts of old houses of Kolkata perfectly capture some of the faded glamour and rundown charm of the city.
Nevertheless, I do love the architecture of Kolkata, a city that has always reminded me, at least in some ways, of Liverpool – another place I love.
Bear with me.
Both rose to prominence at about the same time when the British Empire was in the ascendence; both were major imperial ports; both have a very definite sense of themselves (and one where culture figures heavily); both are home to friendly, somewhat garrulous people; a could go on.
Nevertheless, the imperial connection – before the Bengalis scared the British into retreating to Delhi – finds echoes of the old buildings of Liverpool and those of Kolkata and vice versa.
But all this just reminds me that I must revisit both cities some time soon.