Kolkata always had the potential to become one of the greatest cities of the world, a la London, Paris, New York or Berlin. We had our rich cultural heritage, an insatiable hunger for knowledge and passion for education, elegance in abundance and much more. This was the cultural capital of the country and the entertainment capital of the continent, with some of the earliest and most fashionable departmental stores in Asia and the capital corridor of entertainment spanning Park Street and Chowringhee. However, above all, the city was always known for its inclusiveness, the innate ability to make space for everyone.
Somewhere down the way, we had lost the plot and became mired in mediocrity. Our ‘City of Joy’ image and the inherent decay and decadence that go with that perception became so overpowering, that this story of gloom and doom was what always went out to the outside world, as we slowly fell into an abyss of despair and stagnation. This led to an enormous drain of both brain and business, leaving our favourite city impoverished in more ways than one.