All great cities have their architectural symbols, which over time become synonymous with the city itself. So, New York has its Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, which incidentally was considered a monstrosity by many people in Paris, at the time of its construction, but is today one of the most famous structures of the modern world. Then there are monuments which become synonymous with the country itself. So, Taj Mahal is easily the first thing which comes to mind, when people think of India. Or, if you are familiar with Delhi, it would probably be the Qutub Minar.
Similarly, if we talk about Calcutta, there are 2 structures which people usually associate with the city. One is Victoria Memorial. And, the other has to be the Howrah Bridge.
Howrah Bridge was built in 1943, to replace the existing pontoon bridge, on the river Hooghly, to connect the two cities, Kolkata and Howrah.
It is called Rabindra Setu, named after the great Bengali poet and first Asian Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. But, for all practical purposes, we Calcuttans call it, Howrah Bridge.
I have recently acquired an ultra wide-angle lens, and was really itching to use it. And what better way to use it, than to capture the Howrah bridge on a cold, foggy morning, before sunrise.
So, I woke up at around 4:30 am on a Saturday morning and drove down to capture some moments of the early morning activity at Jagannath Ghat, which is next to the Howrah Bridge.
Tell me about the landmark which, you feel, is synonymous with your city.