(1945) A little snooping in Chinatown will turn up the little opium dens stuck down an alley (not recommended without police escort). Actually, the smokers shown in this picture do it legally. Each den is licensed for so many pipes. Each pipe costs a rupee, a phial of opium five rupees. Average smoker consumes a phial a day and there are about 186 pipes licensed in Calcutta.
Kolkata once had a thriving Chinatown. Many left at independance and big number during the Sino-Indian Border Conflict
Beautiful series of Kolkata shot by Jorgen Kube