A Tale of Two Cities
This was once the Capital of British India, the seat of all power, the cultural and spiritual heart of the subcontinent. Those days are but tales of a former glory. Today, this is a city that has fallen far behind and has done little to reverse the decline.
That is not to say that there is nothing of value in Kolkata. The Victoria Memorial, Royal Botanical Garden, Belur Math are magnificent examples of the rich and diverse history of this splendid, decaying metropolis. Ancient temples and other places of worship adorn otherwise squalid surroundings.
For a region that once produced so many exceptional individuals from all facets of life, the engines have all but stopped and the fire that once burned, embers. Times change and we change with the times. This city unfortunately did not.