What a fabulous early morning walk this morning! Despite the floods of overnight monsoon rains, Jay picked me up at the hotel and with a little creativity, we were able to avoid much of the street flooding and still get to see the Ganges from Howrah Bridge and watch the day to day goings on of the the families who work and live on Mulik Ghat. Down a few steps and we were immersed in the Flower Market. What a pleasure for the senses! Glorious colours, fragrant perfumes and the hustle & bustle of a busy wholesale market where the city's flowers are sold daily. A definite treat, made more insightful by Jay's explanations of the significance of each flower and the local customs associated with it.
On we went to Nimtala burning ghat to see first hand, the process around the cremation of a loved one. Unfortunately Swati's father had passed away 2 months prior so the memory of his cremation at Nimtala was fresh in Jay's mind. This added a human touch to walk, something Jay readily gave of himself.
I would more than recommend touring with Walks of Kolkata - walking the streets is where it is at, and nothing beats having a local person take you through a city he clearly is passionate about, and tell you the little known tidbits that make for a fascinating tour.
Swati and Jay are prompt in their responses and flexible in the itinerary, especially when mother nature (monsoon floods!) has a hand in things. I was surprised to experience such dedication given Swati gave birth to a baby girl only one week ago! Congrats to them both.
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