A poster from the 1962 film Howrah Bridge

A poster from the 1958 film Howrah Bridge (Click)

A Song from the film

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Kolkata - an Enigma

M.V.Howrah Bridge

Take a look at M.V.Howrah Bridge. This Container Ship used to be known as M.V.Golden Gate before the new owners named it after another equally famous bridge. (Click to enlarge)

Howrah Bridge: Rabindra Setu by Catherine Daly

I drew in to Howrah Station along the river

to the city rising from the swamp.

Amid the muck and refugees, I saw a white bridge

cantilevered over the flat land and flat water,

improbable technology,

truss and girder like buttress and clerestory arch

spanning the Hooghly, thrust

into Calcutta. The bridge

is a new mathematical prayer

performed by clerks and reams of carbon paper,

clocked and numbered as if doves fly across daily at 2:00 p.m.

Horse carts and chickens wander over its asphalt.