Kolkata formerly known as Calcutta, is the capital of Indian state, West Bengal. It is an 'in your face' city that shocks and charms the unsuspecting visitor. It has a population of 4.5 million and the suburbs are 14.1 million, making it the the third-most populous metropolitan area in India. It is located on the east bank of the Hooghly River. It is the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of East India. If Bangalore is the Seattle of India, then Kolkata is the sub-contintent's London. Kolkata continues to spawn generations of poets, writers, film producers and Nobel Prize winners. Till the 17th century, Calcutta was nothing more than a village. But, today it is one of the major metropolitan cities of India along with Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Abject poverty mixes inexplicably with crumbling British Raj-era gems, sprawling gardens and historical colleges. The credit for its present status goes to the expansion plans of the European powers. It is a major commercial city consisting of big industrial plants and corporate houses. Kolkata is the main business, commercial and financial hub of eastern India. Kolkata creates a huge amount of employment and supports many migrants from neighboring states and other parts of the country. The landscape of the city is also fast changing with flyovers, gardens and several new commercial establishments. Kolkata is home to many industrial units, of large Indian corporations, whose product range is varied and includes - engineering products, electronics, electrical equipment, cables, steel, leather, textiles, jewellery, frigates, automobiles. Tourism is one important revenue earning for Kolkata. Love it or hate it, you definitely won't forget the city on the Hooghly.
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