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‘De­scend­ing on Cal­cutta by air, you come out of the clouds above the vast Sun­dar­bans where the Ganga meets the Bay of Ben­gal, wind down over Di­a­mond Har­bour and come in over king­doms of wa­ter and rice, the Gan­geric plain at the very edge of the city. You can­not imag­ine that nearby is the place about which Ge­of­frey Moor­house has writ­ten “... there can now be very lit­tle time be­fore some­thing which we may call dis­as­ter hap­pens to this city ... Pos­si­bly this will be­gin with some plague on a me­dieval scale.” ’

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