East Bengal Ground, Kolkata

East Bengal Club, Kolkata. 

A casual glance at Indian advertising in the past few months will reveal that cricket has reached a saturation point and football is the emerging hero.  But in Kolkata, in every ground and street, football is King.

These images are from the home ground of the East Bengal Football Club supported by Kingfisher. However, it's the football jerseys of International clubs and teams that people prefer to wear and show off. But you do get unofficial East Bengal jerseys. They cost Rs.90 each. I couldn't find jerseys of their arch rivals Mohun Bagan or India's oldest club Mohamaddan Sporting.

The fake international ones cost Rs 150 and above. That's half of what it costs in Bandra. The official Chelsea jersey costs about Rs. 3,300. 


Do women need to protect their....?


The beer of Bangalore supports this Bengal team but it's Bengal sweets that's the players seem to prefer during the practice session.

Sweet Bengal indeed.


The stands are open for public who want to watch their favourite team practice.

A foreign player with the club watches the proceedings.


Inside on what's on the clothesline and outside, the cars of the football club members reveal their support for Kolkata's favourite teams - Man U and Chelsea.

And next door, is a Club named The Aryan Club. With a name like that it's not surprising that it's for members only.


Bhowanipore, Kolkata

They asked for Pariborton or Change and got another petty regional party. 

 Like Huxley said in the Brave New World, "All that is needed is money and a candidate who can be coached to look sincere; political principles and plans for specific action have come to lose most of their importance. The personality of the candidate, the way he is projected by the advertising experts, are the things that really matter."


JN Road, Kolkata

A Pakistan Team Tee-shirt being sold in an Indian market? Yes. In Kolkata.

The hate mongers in other parts of India will not like it.

Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose International Airport

The Smoking Room at Kolkata Airport.

Kolkata's airport is named after Netaji. If he survived the air crash and is still alive, like some people liked to believe for a long time, he would come back and land in an airport named after him.

This airport, has a large smoking room. In fact, when you land here from places where there are restrictions for smokers almost everywhere, you will be surprised by the amount of tobacco smoked and paan chewed in the city. The reason for the room to stay is supposed to be because the earlier Chief Minister was a chain smoker and that this city is the home of ITC.  But I'm sure that when the new terminal comes up, it's unlikely to have a place for smokers.

Meanwhile, at the traffic signals, along with flowers, smokeless carcinogens with the brand name Tiranga seems to be the favourite among the ones that are sold.  


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