Photographer's Note

This is a shot from Mullick ghaat, just beside the Howrah bridge. Mullick ghaat is the largest retail wholesale market for flowers in Kolkata. Flowers are mainly in use for religious purpose, and also for decorations. The crop mainly grows in neighboring districts of Midnapore, 24 parganas, Howrah and Hooghly, while some flowers also come from Burdwan. This market is a huge one, and one can find traditional as well as exotic flowers here.

This man is a selling gainda (ganda in Bengali), the most common flower around India, found all the year round, and whose yield in Bengal is maximum in January-February. The flowers are strung as open-ended garlands which are bought by retailers and transformed into garlands of different types and shapes.

Jan-Feb also happens to the month of Saraswati puja, the worship of Hindu goddess of learning, Saraswati, and these flowers are almost synonymous with her worship in Bengal. This year the puja is on next Sunday. I take this opportunity to post this pic.

PS: these colors are for Claude, who had shown how gorgeous they can be in India.

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