Sanjay has lived in Kolkata for 18 of the 30 years of his life after he moved in from Bihar. He worked the first ten years in a garage under the benign guidance of a gambling (horses) Sardar – at a time, according to him, when Kolkata had a grand total of 75,000 cars. The next 10 years have been spent driving a taxi.

So I asked him for his prognosis on the city. This is what he said.

“Earlier nothing used  to happen in Kolkata, but there were no problems & life was good. Now also, nothing happens in kolkata. But there are more problems.”