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Kolkata - Further reading

Further reading on Kolkata

  • Although it receives its share of criticism for its portrayal of Kolkata's poverty situation, Dominique Lapierre's City of Joy is still widely enjoyed by travelers and can be found at most of Kolkata's bookshops.
  • Geoffrey Moorhouse's classic 1971 study Calcutta makes for a good snapshot of the city while VS Naipaul's India - A Million Mutinies Now has some engaging chapters on Kolkata.
  • The insightful and interesting 10 walks in Calcutta, by Prosenjit Das Gupta, offers cultural, historical and contemporary walking 'packages' of the city, replete with maps.
  • The works of Kolkata's famed poet and novelist Rabindranath Tagore can be sampled in his Selected Short Stories, showcasing a brilliant Bengali outlook on the world.
  • There has been much said, and indeed written, about Mother Teresa and her work in Kolkata, including Mother Teresa: Beyond the Image by Anne Sebba and Mother Teresa by Navin Chawla, among many others.
  • The Telegraph is Kolkata's daily newspaper (also online at while Calcutta Online ( also provides current news on Kolkata and India.

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