This book is a tribute to Kolkata and more. Within its covers, we have tried to capture the people and places that lend the city its character and spirit. From Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema to the once ubiquitous but now rarely visible humble handrickshaw puller, from the idol making workshops of Kumartuli to the South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata’s icons—both animate and inanimate—come alive on Harsho’s pencils. The result is a book that is unprecedented anywhere in Kolkata’s publishing history.
Kolkata Kaleidoscope upholds the infectious energy of the people living in a city of contrasts. It is a collector’s compilation and we hope you enjoy browsing the book as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to you. It is impossible to fit a city, which has arguably existed for over 400 years now, in a hardbound. We could only include less and leave out more of the megapolis, which Rudyard Kipling famously described as ‘Chance-directed, chance-erected, laid and built on the silt.’