The wind was strong but the skies hadn't yet burst open. Joy Robinson Minj thought his 65-year-old uncle would be safer finding a shade than crossing Diamond Harbour Road after a bit of dust got into his eyes.
A large crowd gathered outside Subodh Mallik Square on Wednesday, World Heritage Day, braving the afternoon heat, to take part in a march protesting the mindless and massive demolition of the city's architectural heritage.
Smart classes, a math lab, a wide ramp that goes up to the sixth floor, and washrooms attached to classrooms for students' safety - a new co-educational school inaugurated on the city's southern fringe on Wednesday promises all this and more.
Ankeet Gandhi was in the parking lot of The Saturday Club on Tuesday evening when he saw a debdaru tree a few steps away sway violently in the storm before toppling over and crashing on his Hyundai i20 and two other cars.
With the onset of middle age, one is often advised to walk a mile after dinner. I did walk more than a mile - from my office in Chandni Chowk to my home in Tollygunge - that too sans dinner on the evening Calcutta was battered by a fierce squall.