Coffee with Friends and Books by the Thousands

Coffee with Friends and Books by the Thousands

Friends meet for coffee at the landmark Indian Coffee House on College Street in Kolkata, India.

Indian Coffee House on College Street

Indian Coffee House on College Street

Also known as the College Street Coffee House, the cafe is located across from the Presidency College. At the same location, since the early 1940′s, it was and still is a favorite meeting place for students, poets, artists, writers and other intellectual types. Now owned by the Indian Coffee Workers Co-operative, it looks much the same as it did in the late days of the Raj. One goes there for the ambiance and not the coffee, which, either hot or cold, is much like dishwater.

Booksellers on College Street

Booksellers on College Street

A half mile of booksellers, large and small, spill out on both sides of College Street, just down from the Coffee House. Known as Boi Para (Colony of Books), it is the largest used book market in the world and the biggest in all of India. One can find almost any title ever printed in India, as well as titles, in and out of print, from much of Europe and beyond.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 13 Comments

    1. Thanks Randall and thank you for visiting.

    1. Yes, me too. Just wish the coffee was better. 🙂

  1. Your photos perfectly capture the ambience of both the coffee house and the book market, Ron. Love the name of the street. “Chatterjee” seems most appropriate. 😀

    1. A change in perspective often makes for a more interesting image. Thanks Tina.

    1. In India people reading newspapers is a very common site, unlike most places. Thank you Carol.

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