I was on a photography workshop in Kolkata when I visited Kumartuli, the traditional potters’ quarter where craftsmen sculpt idols from local clay. I first focused on the potters and their deities, but was soon drawn to the colourful lanes and their fascinating glimpse of daily life. I witnessed the morning rituals of washing and shaving, women hanging clothes, and children and dogs scampering by. I observed this man for a while before deciding to take a shot. The painted walls and simple activity offered a vignette of calm amid Kolkata’s chaos; it was the perfect moment, and reminds me of a city that stays in my heart and mind.