Street photography at College Street, Kolkata

A man selling huge pile of books in his roadside shop

College street is located in central Kolkata and derives its name due to the presence of many colleges and book stores in that area. It can be easily reached by bus, metro or taxi. I have visited this street few times during my stay in Kolkata, where I did street photography in different streets. The street is approximately 1.5 km long and there are numerous small and big book stores, shops and stalls along its way. One can also find old, rare books at throwaway prices at these shops. This particular street is also a hotbed for photography enthusiasts as during Sundays, photo walks are conducted by various organizations in this street. The famous Indian coffee house also has a branch in this street and has been visited by eminent Bengali personalities like Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Aparna Sen etc. This street has a vintage look to it as most of the shops in that area are very old, also the Calcutta tram also by this road, which further adds to the nostalgia and reminds people of the bygone era. Apart from old, rustic book shops the street also offers a wide variety of subjects in the field of street photography, which you can see in my pictures below –

A man reading paper in his book shop at college street
A man reading paper in his book shop at college street
A man repairing a table fan by sitting on a pavement
A man repairing a table fan by sitting on a pavement
A small shop selling newspapers by the street side
A small shop selling newspapers by the street side
A man selling newspapers at a roadside corner
A man selling newspapers at a roadside corner
A man frying puri or deep-fried Indian bread in his stall.
A man frying puri or deep-fried Indian bread in his stall.
A man selling books in his roadside shop
A man selling books in his roadside shop
A typical book store by the roadside
A typical book store by the roadside
A man getting a haircut in a roadside saloon
A man getting a haircut in a roadside saloon
A man pulling a garbage bin along the road
A man pulling a garbage bin along the road
Workers cutting sugarcane stem in the roadside.
Workers cutting sugarcane stem in the roadside.
A man selling books by the roadside.
A man selling books by the roadside.
A roadside eatery selling food
A roadside eatery selling food
A man selling books in his roadside shop.
A man selling books in his roadside shop.
A tram traveling in a busy road at college street
A tram traveling in a busy road at college street

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If you are interested in knowing more about West Bengal, visit my other blog on Kolkata flower show, Kolkata photographyKoley marketKolkata milan melaKumartuliGaliff street, Mirik and Takdah.

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