Kolkata - Post Report Question and Answers
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This is not a place to come if you have school-aged children. If you do come, please consider homeschooling or boarding school. - Aug 2021
There is nowhere close to Kolkata to go for a break from the constant bombardment of noise, activity and smells. All vacations are more adventure vacations, but not relaxing. Bangkok is the closest place to go for a break. Kolkata (all of Eastern India) is very noisy. This is not a city for relaxing, but is a great place to explore and learn about India. - Dec 2010
Kolkata is a small post so be prepared for that. Otherwise most people find things to amuse themselves and plan outings to see the diversity of India. The people who like it here are the ones who embrace the craziness and the opportunities. - Jun 2009
Kolkata is not for the faint of heart, to coin a phrase, but if you are in for adventure Kolkata is the place. From driving to shopping you have to be more agressive, open-minded and willing to make do, but it is not without its rewards. - Mar 2009
Calcutta, like many other places, is what you make of it. It can be difficult to carve a life for yourself and find your niche, since opportunities aren't readily available as they are in other places. But seek out what you enjoy doing and you'll find like-minded people to join you. - May 2008