Unexpected surprises await the cemetery explorer: just who is buried there? What mark did they leave in history? What hardships did they endure? So much history to learn. Perhaps ghosts of lost loved ones still seek their beloveds: maybe they have found each other? Lots of questions and answers to be found in graveyards, especially those that date from the colonial era.
Fragments of the British Raj can be illustrated by the names you may find in India's old city cemeteries, which are often easy to find being located close to their central areas - the outskirts of the city in times past but today surrounded by sprawling suburbs. In April 2006, Kay and I made a beeline there on our first day in Kolkata, the massive, sprawling metropolis of more than 15 million people situated on the delta mouth of the Ganges in eastern India. This was the start of a great adventure in India visiting a child and her family we sponsor through Childfund. Read about that here - The Village Pump.
A listed Heritage site South Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata, India is a 'library' recording the names of early colonial individuals and families, giving a peek into their lives and the hardships they faced. The restored headstones state some very early deaths, often due to diseases such as malaria, typhus and cholera, so common then but misunderstood as to their causes and how best to treat. Some sad stories are told by these inscribed stones.
|Some of the very young ages illustrated.|
South Park Street cemetery certainly isn't overgrown and uncared for.
One of the caretakers.
There are marvellous opportunities for photography.
Contrast of form, angles and textures everywhere.
Still a place that leaves one with a sense of respect for those who have gone before us, often at a very young age.
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