A Silver Chariot Awaits In Kolkata

An empty silver carriage in Kolkata.
Parked along a street bisecting Kolkata’s Victoria Maidan, a silver chariot awaits passengers.

KOLKATA, India — Wandering up Shakespeare Sarani on my way to the elegant Victoria Memorial, an open carriage caught my eye.

It was decorated in what appeared to be tin foil and resembled a child’s toy tractor, with oversized, almost comically large wheels in back and slightly smaller ones in front.

I stood there, watching to see if it was part of a wedding procession or perhaps whether it offered rides around the Victoria Maidan the way that horse-drawn carriages lead tourists through New York’s Central Park.

But no one appeared.

It sat beside a lonely food stand that offered chow mein, chicken roll and chai. I wasn’t hungry, anyway, so I moved on.

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