Monday February 19, 2018

Working class heroes: Grim yet glittery lives of porters of Kolkata


By Sreyashi Mazumdar

While strolling through the rugged pavements of Burrabazaar, one of the busiest spots in the city of joy, one generally doesn’t pay heed to the teeming crowd of porters sprawling over every miniscule section of the alleys, striving hard to earn a fortune. “It has been 15 years since I have shifted to Kolkata, and I don’t repent my decision. The trade might not bring forth a sense of certainty but at the same time I wouldn’t like to change it if given a chance,” says a porter.










“People might be lazing around…. but unfortunately we fail to do so… or we can’t do so…”










They kick off with their daily chores when the clock ticks 7 in the morning, struggling hard, leaving their reveries behind.














“We generally wrap up at 7 in the evening, waiting to get paid for the hard work we put in. It is during this time of the day that we share a laugh together… at times we even laugh off our reveries”










Like the wavered headlights of the truck staring at them, the porters at time stare at their bleak future, a future bereaved of certainty.










The darkness in the alleys inhabited by the porters with a streak of light blazing it narrates the story of their life- a life despite nibbling on an uncertain source of income etched with snippets of smiles.

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Kolkata Showcases in Top 100 Global Travel Destinations

Whiteways and Laidlaw Building in Kolkata. Wikimedia

Oct 2, 2017: Kolkata is featured in the top 100 travel destinations globally alongside other Indian cities namely, Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bengaluru, as indicated by Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2017.

Chennai stands out in India, other than emerging among the top 10 destinations in Asia Pacific when it comes to overnight visitor arrivals.

Travel and tourism in India is on the rise, an authority of a main travel house in the city told PTI.

Durga Puja festival in Kolkata is a major attraction for foreigners with at least two- to three-day stay, he said.

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According to the Mastercard Global Destinations Cities Index 2017, there are no indications of the slowdown in travel and tourism in Asia Pacific with the region dominating visitor arrivals.

This is additionally affirmed with the main 10 cities in Asia Pacific destinations tracking the most noteworthy amount of global overnight visitor spending. Bringing USD 91.16 billion in travel use in 2016, Asia Pacific outpaced Europe (USD74.74 billion USD) and North America (USD55.02 billion), MasterCard said in an announcement.

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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