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photoblog image Along the Hooghly

Along the Hooghly

The last in this particular series, for the time being. Here you can see the remains of some sort of structure along with the ghat going down to the river's edge. I was amazed by the number of crumbling and deteriorated buildings along the Hooghly River. But I was also surprised by how many people were just milling about, bathing, working, or doing whatever.

I thought I would mention that Rudyard Kipling wrote a short story set on the Hooghly. In it he writes,
"Almost any pilot will tell you that his work is much more difficult than you imagine; but the Pilots of the Hugli know that they have one hundred miles of the most dangerous river on earth running through their hands—the Hugli between Calcutta and the Bay of Bengal and they say nothing...There is very little chance of anything getting off again when once she touches in the furious Hugli current, loaded with all the fat silt of the fields of Bengal, where soundings change two feet between tides, and new channels make and unmake themselves in one rainy season."
It is certainly a dangerous and powerful river as you can tell by how the rising and falling waters are ripped away at the masonry here. It would certainly not be an easy life to live along such a waterway. But I have to say that during my visit to Kolkata, the boat ride we took down the Hooghly was by far the highlight of the entire trip.

Along the Hooghly

The last in this particular series, for the time being. Here you can see the remains of some sort of structure along with the ghat going down to the river's edge. I was amazed by the number of crumbling and deteriorated buildings along the Hooghly River. But I was also surprised by how many people were just milling about, bathing, working, or doing whatever.

I thought I would mention that Rudyard Kipling wrote a short story set on the Hooghly. In it he writes,
"Almost any pilot will tell you that his work is much more difficult than you imagine; but the Pilots of the Hugli know that they have one hundred miles of the most dangerous river on earth running through their hands—the Hugli between Calcutta and the Bay of Bengal and they say nothing...There is very little chance of anything getting off again when once she touches in the furious Hugli current, loaded with all the fat silt of the fields of Bengal, where soundings change two feet between tides, and new channels make and unmake themselves in one rainy season."
It is certainly a dangerous and powerful river as you can tell by how the rising and falling waters are ripped away at the masonry here. It would certainly not be an easy life to live along such a waterway. But I have to say that during my visit to Kolkata, the boat ride we took down the Hooghly was by far the highlight of the entire trip.

comments (20)

  • Gary
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 00:09
I just discovered this sereies at the end. I wish there was more. It seems to me there will be plenty of other adventures ahead. I look forward to it.
A beautiful photograph that perfectly describes the feelings you describe in your journey through the Hooghly. I feel envy.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 30 Jan 2010, 00:22
I amazed by those big wall along the river...
I like those views from the river...they almost look like paintings.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 00:36
Fantastic composition Charles. So far one of my favorites.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 30 Jan 2010, 01:00
very enjoyable series Charles and you saved the best image till last
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jan 2010, 02:07
Très belle cette série...
Another cracking image, the light in this sereis is fantastic, top marks Charles
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 03:57
Very much enjoyed this series, thank you for sharing!
  • mike
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 07:15
Nice shot!
In what country is this?
  • tede
  • France
  • 30 Jan 2010, 07:34
Hello, very nice series on the river seems to be dangerous to navigation, but the men face the wrath of the river because they have too need to survive. Thank you for these wonderful pictures. Good day.
You kept the best for the end. Thanks you for this wonderful series Charles!
  • Lili
  • France
  • 30 Jan 2010, 14:14
great light and very nice composition. Today again I love the softness who is coming from your shot. Good work and very beautiful série. thanks for the travel
  • Marie
  • France
  • 30 Jan 2010, 16:17
What a superb scene of the life and I love the golden atmosphre ! Great processing ans stunning !
I can only agree with zed, a delightful series with a great end Charles.
Superb image, greta compo and tones.
  • Rod Hinchco
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 30 Jan 2010, 21:05
You certainly have an eye for beauty in ordinary places...I look forward to each new day, each new work from you.
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 21:35
I love this series!! Wonderful and warm.. I love old ruins..actually adding some on my site nowwink
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2010, 21:37
Sorry, Todd..I did an error on previous commentwink
Very interesting series. I like the panoramic cropping - give med a movie feeling, and I love movies smile I also find your compositions very intersting
Great the way this pictures shows the folks "doing whatever". The panoramic shape works well on the series. Must have been an enjoyable experience.

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