Nov. 24, 1975Dear Grandma,
Hi! Yesterday was the BIG wedding – it was quite an occasion. The festivities started about 9:00 AM and when I left at 10:00 PM – they were still going on. The ceremony itself lasted about 2 hours! It was all very beautiful – the dresses the women wore were so colorful – there were flowers everywhere. Two bands played and there must have been hundred of people there I was the only NON-INDIAN and was treated like royalty.
I met many people there – a lawyer, accountant, insurance man, etc. – all from Calcutta. They lead a very different life than the people you see living out on the street! I've seen poverty beyond belief here in Calcutta.
Tonight I leave for Darjeeling – it is suppose to be very beautiful there – but COLD!
So far the only thing I miss and wish I had brought with me are American safety pins. As to the Indian ones – you are lucky if you can use them one time.
My health continues to be excellent. I've seen some things that nearly made me sick – but as for food & drink – I'm A-ok. I've eaten less since I left but more starch. Yesterday at the wedding there was so much food – it seems in India either you starve or you eat good!
I've seen very few American here in Calcutta – there are some pretty things here – Victoria Memorial, Gardens, etc. We saw some beautiful temples too. At the temple you always see the Indian people giving sacrifices to their gods – i.e. – fruit, $, flowers. You always have to take off your shoes. My socks will never be the same color again!
At the Y.W.C.A. you just have hot water from 6:00 to 9:00 AM. In the afternoon you are lucky to get cold water!
I guess you will be leaving soon for Florida. I wish you a safe trip down, and my greetings to the Hortons. There are palm trees here – weather up in the 80's – my long pants get hot but women here don't show their legs!
Drop me a line in Bombay – I'll be there through Christmas – at least.
Hope all is well ––