IN CALCUTTA AND DOWN SAFELY, SANTANU AS MY GUIDE

I Feel So Alive … and So Lucky to be Alive

DearFriends, the connection here is not so good, I must type slowly, bear with me. Abu Dhabi is a weird vision of the future, as if we built a space station on the moon. The airport is beautiful when you are inside, but when you go outside you cannot breathe, and you cannot wait to get back inside. Everyone there is headed for somewhere else, like Claire Trevor and John Wayne in Stagecoach.

Santanu is showing me parts of Calcutta and how to get around. There is rain, and while it is a nuisance, it keeps the temperature down. The taxi ride back from the airport was the most wonderful experience I’ve had in some time- crazier than NYC traffic with drivers honking constantly, but it turns out the buses actually say “Please Honk,” which means, “Hey, communicate so I know what you want, let me know you are back there!” More Later.

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About psullivan66

Patricia Sullivan is a New York City based photographer whose portraits and personal projects have appeared in New York Magazine, on HBO's "Bored to Death," TimeOutNY and other magazines. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Sullivan is drawn to the people "with broad shoulders" whose belief in just working hard and doing the right thing are keeping this whole planet together. Besides rodeo, she has photographed cops on motorcycles (in their off hours) and her mother, "the toughest woman I know."
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