Still jet-lagged and bleary from an over-three week trip to India, I did want to make mention of the inauguration of the heritage site at the Kidderpore Docks in Kolkata, honoring the over 1.5 million indentured workers who left India in the 19th and early 20th century. This was the same place that a number of us visited 3 years ago, and since then, the project has blossomed into a full-fledged site and potential museum. While I was unable to attend the actual ceremony, thanks to Gautam Chakraborty of the Kolkata Port Trust, I did take a small boat with my husband and boys, up the Hooghly. We sat huddled under shawls, sipping cha, squinting out at the diminishing gray winter light, trying to imagine the monumental journey these emigrants took. Not sure if my sons, in between squabbling, quite understood the import of our little voyage, but it was a start.
A little write-up in India Empire: Imagination & the Heritage Site in Kolkata