Mamata Banerjee must be pleased. She has always said two things: rain is auspicious and I will turn Kolkata into London.
Drive past the sprawling Maidan grounds and barring the occasional tram, the stretch of green could well be Hyde Park.
Flowing quietly like the Thames, the Hooghly River with the Howrah Bridge looks no less spectacular than the Tower Bridge.
And there are tourists equipped with selfie sticks and all. So where are they from and where do they think they are? London?
His friend Manila knows all about Mamata Banerjee's 'Kolkata-London' promise. "Looks like the weather Gods are happy she won and this London-like weather is cool and refreshing," she says.
Another friend in the group, Anurag, says, "I have never been to London but I can tell you it feels like home, Darjeeling."
A young mother visiting from Jharkhand says, sare jahan say achcha - even the weather."India ka weather sabse achcha hai (India's weather is the best)," she says. Even the heat? "Yes heat and cold and the monsoons," she says.
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