Field Notes

Kolkata wields its midnight magic

Ghost walks rekindle interest in city's heritage as midnight adventurers find out why it has at least 25 kinds of ghosts

It is midnight in the courtyard of Kolkata's iconic Sir Stuart Hogg Market. A spot that brims with hawkers and haggling customers in the morning is being transformed into a giant communal bedroom. Locals, many of them workers at the market, grab cardboard, rugs, newspapers - whatever they can find or afford - to create a bed.

Streetlights continue to flash brightly. The only privacy here lies in anonymity.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2018, with the headline 'Kolkata wields its midnight magic Field Notes'. Print Edition | Subscribe