Leaving Kolkata, Part 6
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I spend only three days in Kolkata, as I have arranged to meet my friend Andi in Kathmandu, a mountain and expedition guide from Austria, who offered me to take me on a trek with him. On the day of my departure I hesitate and feel unsure about leaving. In the short time I have spent here I met a number of people who have come to Kolkata in order to volunteer in a social or health program. I tag along with two women from Spain who are spending their vacation here working with children of prostitutes at the New Light Organization (www.newlightindia.org). The organization, which is run as a day care center for the children, is adjoined to the buildings in which their mothers work. I am told that before the children would be in the same room, often under the bed, while their mothers were seeing customers.
I take down numbers, collect information and decide to leave – with a strong wish to come back one day and offer my service in one of the innumerable NGOs and GOs that work with people who need help.
My departure is accompanied by heavy rain, as if the sky of Kolkata is crying for me. I reach Howrah train station train station and suddenly feel catapulted into a different mindset. I am going to Nepal!