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Why a woman refused to sell me yoghurt

I was out in the field collecting ephemera for my traveling theater project when I dropped into a mom and pop sweet shop for lunch. The sweet yoghurt (Bengali variety) was pretty good, so I asked for a kilo pot … Continue reading

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Car, cover & coconut rope. Calcutta.

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Hand-rolled Bread

Rupees two each. Calcutta.

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Automated Ticket Machine

I’ve never seen anyone use any of the automated ticket kiosks in the Calcutta suburban railway system. While standing in the line for 15 minutes for a ticket yesterday, I figured I’d take a photo of these machines.

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Arab dollars for Bengali plumbers

As I travel for my documentary, I often see advertisements for jobs in Qatar, where the upcoming World Cup has fueled a construction boom. The other day, while snacking at a sweet shop, I happened to take a closer look … Continue reading

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First Sale in 3 Years

The last time I’d seen an aerogramme was over fifteen years ago, when I got one from my parents after I’d just moved to the United States. A single sheet of paper, it was the cheapest form of international communication … Continue reading

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The Cow Economy

Middle Sister-in-Law had been busy all morning carrying loads of hay. She is the wife of the older brother of Gautam, a character in my current film. Her husband is the middle of three children, so she is Gautam’s Middle … Continue reading

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