Hometown

In November 2016, I finally got my only chance to document my native home in Calcutta.

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Collapsible gates to the garage which once sheltered two cars

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The characteristic yellow with the common Calcutta green lines compensated the cuboidal structure of the house.

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A bathroom placed outside the house.

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As all old houses do, this one features a large backyard too.

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Spacious balcony terrace which has always been a space for commonly drying laundry, big gatherings during events, and for dry leaves and moss now.

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Simple decor railings and worn out wooden doors.

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Small balconies attached to every room on the top floor which faced the road made primary facade of the house.

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The color palette and textures that remain distinct over the years.

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Orthogonal lines and staircase on the inside.

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The main living and dining area of the house.

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The kitchen which is strategically partitioned for vegetarian, non-vegetarian, and God.

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Only God related vessels allowed here.

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The living and study room.

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My grandparents’ bedroom.

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Almost every room owned a table and a chair which is a rarity in most houses today.

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Simple spaced rooms.

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Iconic rings which served as window knobs.

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Infested with cobwebs, such windows are classic to Calcutta in general and this house too.

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Caging bar window grills layered with rust are my earliest memories of this place.

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The garage which blew its shed and only homes trash now.

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Flora of the house showcased trees like banana, Indian bael (aka Bengal quince), and Mangoes!

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While the fauna included cats, rats, few snakes, and a scourge of mosquitoes.

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For time has only set this house to creep into rust.

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