The Indian museum, the Indian coffee house, the Victoria Memorial, Sudder Street, College Street, Southern Avenue
… Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state West Bengali, was the headquarters of the British East India Company and the largest commercial centre in British India before becoming the capital under the British Raj until 1911. It is still the cultural and intellectual centre of India. Indian independence movement started here which led 1947 to India’s independence, in particular in the Indian Coffee House where Tagore used to spend his time. Entering the Indian Coffee house an old gentleman surrounded by his friends and discussing (probably) politics stands up and asks me severely if I know who the person represented of the picture on the wall is. “Tagore” I answer. “In which play it shows him?” he continues. I do not know of course. “Valmika Pratibha” an opera of a legend of Ramayana, he tells me. At least, you know it now if an intellectual old gentleman sitting in the Indian Coffee house asks you, should you pass by one day.