” You must visit City Centre in Calcutta” said Prof. Nadkarni.
After a few months he asked if I had visited city center yet.
Not much of a shopper, buying even the vegetables online, traveling 40 minutes away from home to a shopping mall was not enticing for me for the first year of living in Calcutta.
Last week, I received a message from Prof about a book that had been published,
One could feel his excitement as a little kid for candy. But, then, he is always like that. His infectious enthusiasm and humorous wit transforms any issue.
The next week, we did indeed visit City Centre at Salt Lake.
Designed by late Architect Charles Correa, and signage designed by Prof Nadkarni, it was everything you expect from a mall, but seldom get. The architecture lines were square and minimal. The entire mall followed an atypical pattern allowing exploration and movement. Even the friday food carnival stalls were designed with the environmental feel. A tram and horse, along with tram lines, added the touch of Calcutta’s history, placed in the “kund”.
You’ll find pictures of City Centre in this link, but below are some memorable pictures with Prof. Nadkarni.