Delhi, Aug. 2 -- North Kolkata is an enigma in itself. The prehistoric buildings in this part of the 'City of Joy' are trying hard to hold on to a dying culture while getting encroached upon by new apartment buildings. The 'para' (neighbourhood) culture in North Kolkata is what makes it different from South Kolkata. In a 'para' you know your neighbours and bond with them over cups of cha (tea) while munching on 'muri' (puffed rice) and 'telebhaja' (vegetable fritters).

You engage in 'adda' (freewheeling talk) with them while sitting on 'rocks' or 'rowacks' built in front of ancient houses. The young generation in Kolkata are losing touch with this para culture, especially more so because of the quaint cafes that are coming up in the area...