Sunday, 2 October 2011

Kolkata's Cult of Durga: Flower Market & Interviews

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Our game plane this morning was to visit the famous flower market in Kolkata, near (and under) the Howrah Bridge. Known as the Mullik Ghat flower market is a sensory overload of sights, and is the destination of small businesses and consumers who are readying themselves for the Durga Puja.

Marigold garlands, roses, lotus flowers, young banana trees, leaves of every shape and genus were on display by the vendors, who either have stalls or just spread their flowers on the ground. The porters are in high demand to carry the loads of flowers back to cars and trucks.

While stopping at two pandals afterward, two of the group members were stopped by local television chains for interviews. Kristine Bailey was interviewed by a local television chain, while Ron Mayhew's interview was with CNN India.

Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved

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