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Pictured here is College Street, a 1.5 km long street in central Kolkata (Calcutta) in the Indian state of West Bengal. It stretches (approximately) from Ganesh Chandra Avenue Crossing in Bowbazar area to Mahatma Gandhi Road crossing. It houses the Indian Coffee House (or the ‘Coffee House’ as it’s more commonly called), a café that is said to have attracted the city's intelligentsia for decades and many educational institutes that include the Presidency University (estd 1817) and the University of Calcutta (estd 1857).
The College Street is most famous for its small and big bookstores, which give it the nickname Boi Para (Colony of Books). The street is also dotted with countless very small book kiosks which sell new and old books. An article in the journal Smithsonian described College Street as ...a half-mile of bookshops and bookstalls spilling over onto the pavement, carrying first editions, pamphlets, paperbacks in every Indian language, with more than a fair smattering of books in and out of print from France, Germany, Russia and England (Wikipedia). It is said to be the largest second-hand book market in the world and the largest book market in India and collectively boasts of a collection of almost any title ever sold at Kolkata. At College Street one can buy rare books at throw-away prices (after extensive bargaining of course).
What I found attractive about the location (like many others in kolkata) was the view of a seemingly endless flow of life with a mix of people with widely varying lifestyles and socio economic status.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 228 W: 1 N: 492] (3361)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-11-16
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 12:49
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