সময় ক্যাপসুল দেশ, “The Time Capsule Country”

সময় ক্যাপসুল দেশ, “The Time Capsule Country”

WHEN I FOUND out I was going to Kolkata, I was terrified. The rumors of being placed at gunpoint and of sex trafficking sent chills down my spine. I still agreed to go. At first we were going to go for my dad’s documentary on former sex trafficking victims who learned how to make jewelry. But, the day before we were supposed to leave, that job was canceled. So, my dad and I decided just to go on a vacation.

When we arrived in Kolkata at nine at night, we immediately felt the humid air. About a hundred people were lined up. They stared at us. Some of them possibly had never seen a white person before. We headed to our hotel in the car. I looked out the window and saw hundreds of people crammed in little huts on the streets. Little children with no shoes were rat picking, (they look for garbage to sell) and stray dogs with cuts down their backs stared at us while we zoomed by. I felt sick to my stomach. This was my first impression of Kolkata. But my first impression is not the impression I had by the end of the week. Kolkata might be a poverty stricken place, but the people there help each other out and they are thankful for what they have. They are probably the happiest people I have ever met.

Old Lady

Old Lady

Girl on the Street

Girl on the Street

Little Girl Living on the Street

Little Girl Living on the Street

Guy Carrying a Carriage

Guy Carrying a Carriage

Boy on the Street

Boy on the Street

Sisters in the Recycling Part of the City

Sisters in the Recycling Part of the City

Homeless Man Begging For Money

Homeless Man Begging For Money

Lucie Canzoniero
Lucie Canzoniero
Meet Lucie Canzoniero, who certainly has the creative street cred, just not the age. Lucie is a freshman at New York City’s prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts Her major is technical theater, but she has many interests and talents. They include: photography, film and….wrestling! Lucie started taking pictures about 4 years ago. Last Spring she had the opportunity to accompany her dad to India where he was working on a documentary about an organization that helps girls, rescued from sex trafficking, get jobs and start new lives. Lucie, took lots of pictures and says the experience was inspirational and sparked in her a desire to “take pictures for the rest of my life.” She’d better! You’re in store for a very refreshing, open, honest conversation with one very classy female. You can check out her photography on her Instagram page.
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