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  • Calcutta.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Gold-stitched tapestries, which Baba had bought in Calcutta, lined the walls; a crystal chandelier hung from the vaulted ceiling.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • These trees were without a doubt the gates into a meerkat arboreal city with more bustle in it than Calcutta.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But this vessel which, like the Pharaon, came from Calcutta, had been in for a fortnight, while no intelligence had been received of the Pharaon.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • You are much too pretty, as well as too good, to be grilled alive in Calcutta.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The passengers of the Mongolia went ashore at half-past four p.m.; at exactly eight the train would start for Calcutta.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • That’s not Italy they have upstairs, that’s Calcutta.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • A week after she had left Calcutta, a storm arose and drove the vessel far out of her course; more bad weather ensued; and at length, leaks having been sprung in all directions, the crew were obliged to take to the boats.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Thus it appears that the sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • Four carloads of galvanized zinc from Flint must be flown to the smelters in Damascus by noon of the eighteenth, terms F.O.B. Calcutta two per cent ten days E.O.M. One Messerschmitt full of hemp is due in Belgrade for a C-47 and a half full of those semi-pitted dates we stuck them with from Khartoum.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • For most of them I might as well have been living in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • In essence, on July 20, 1866, the steamer Governor Higginson, from the Calcutta & Burnach Steam Navigation Co., encountered this moving mass five miles off the eastern shores of Australia.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The last squire dragged out his existence there, living the horrible life of an aristocratic pauper; but his only son, my stepfather, seeing that he must adapt himself to the new conditions, obtained an advance from a relative, which enabled him to take a medical degree and went out to Calcutta, where, by his professional skill and his force of character, he established a large practice.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • According to the most plausible version of what transpired, a clerk rushed into the chambers of Sir Andrew Waugh, India’s surveyor general, and exclaimed that a Bengali computer named Radhanath Sikhdar, working out of the Survey’s Calcutta bureau, had "discovered the highest mountain in the world."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • She added, "We leave for Calcutta today."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • At sunrise they shot west, on what had once been the Grand Trunk Road, ribboning the twenty-six hundred kilometers from Kabul to Calcutta, but which had now been demoted to the status of National Highway One, since the borders with Afghanistan and India were so often closed.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • He wished all Cheltenham, all Chowringhee, all Calcutta, could see him in that position, waving his hand to such a beauty, and in company with such a famous buck as Rawdon Crawley of the Guards.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The great Hindu mystic of the nineteenth century Ramakrishna (1836-1886) was a priest in a temple newly erected to the Cosmic Mother at Dakshineswar, a suburb of Calcutta.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • ’Three koss [six miles] to the westward runs the great road to Calcutta.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • To be sure he had nothing to do with any other part of the world, and had a good deal to do with that part; being entirely in the India trade, whatever that was (I had floating dreams myself concerning golden shawls and elephants’ teeth); having been at Calcutta in his youth; and designing now to go out there again, in the capacity of resident partner.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He had got up an artificial climate indeed; the house was as hot as Calcutta.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • In Calcutta, before she was married, she was working toward a college degree.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Mr. Ayers would have to walk through this Calcutta each time he goes from his apartment to the studio, and I know he’ll have plenty to say about it.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • After Sophie Mors funeral, when Estha was Returned, their father sent him to a boys’ school in Calcutta.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • A week after that a newspaper editor was blown out of his car in Hong Kong, and in less than forty-eight hours a banker was shot on a street in Calcutta.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Rumor had it that the bar was named after a section of an Old Earth city-some said Chicago, USA, others were sure it was Calcutta, AIS-but only Stan Leweski, owner and great-grandson of the founder, knew for sure, and Stan had never revealed its secret.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • But still they are the admiration of the rest of the mud-sprung, famine-knifed, street-pounding, war-rattled, difficult, painstaking, kicked in the belly, grief and cartilage mankind, the multitude, some under a coal-sucking Vesuvius of chaos smoke, some inside a heaving Calcutta midnight, who very well know where they are.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He had got up an artificial climate indeed; the house was as hot as Calcutta.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • I bought it in Calcutta from a blind magician.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Every fourteen-year-old should know the exact location of Calcutta.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • Anand Ghoshe, a Bengali from Calcutta, had been posted to Madras by the Indian Railways.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • JAMIE Can’t expect us to live in the Black Hole of Calcutta.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • "Why don’t you turn Fowlson into a giant bullfrog or wish him deep into the jungles of Calcutta?"
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Apne Aap is based in Kolkata, the city formerly known as Calcutta, but its founder—a determined former journalist named Ruchira Gupta—grew up partly in Forbesgunge.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Thus in the course of years he was known successively in Bombay, in Calcutta, in Rangoon, in Penang, in Batavia—and in each of these halting-places was just Jim the water-clerk.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • She felt for Uncle Thoby, my father said, much more than she felt for her own father— "old Dr Jackson";"respectable"; but, for all his good looks and the amazing mane of white hair that stood out like a three-cornered hat round his head, he was a commonplace prosaic old man; boring people with his stories of a famous poison case in Calcutta; excluded from this poetical fairyland; and no doubt out of temper with it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Sketch of the Past
  • Ramakrishna: "That’s the way with you Calcutta people: you want to teach and preach.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • I see African and Asiatic towns, I see Algiers, Tripoli, Derne, Mogadore, Timbuctoo, Monrovia, I see the swarms of Pekin, Canton, Benares, Delhi, Calcutta, Tokio, I see the Kruman in his hut, and the Dahoman and Ashantee-man in their huts, I see the Turk smoking opium in Aleppo, I see the picturesque crowds at the fairs of Khiva and those of Herat, I see Teheran, I see Muscat and Medina and the intervening sands, see the caravans toiling onward, I see Egypt and the Egyptians, I see the…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • But you’ll be in Calcutta.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • The Pharaon left Calcutta the 5th February; she ought to have been here a month ago.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • They even gave up going to Calcutta to entertain us.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • First class, overnight on the Madras Mail to Madras and then with a friend of their father’s from Madras to Calcutta.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Ammu was made to send him back to their father, who had by then resigned his lonely tea-estate job in Assam and moved to Calcutta to work for a company that made carbon black.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Pappachi agreed to let her spend the summer with a distant aunt who lived in Calcutta.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • If Major Callendar had been an Indian, he would have remembered what young men are, and granted two or three days’ leave to Calcutta without asking questions.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He had resolved to follow the supposed robber to Calcutta, and farther, if necessary.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • "Yet you sell tickets from Bombay to Calcutta," retorted Sir Francis, who was growing warm.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • A steamer leaves Calcutta for Hong Kong at noon, on the 25th.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • This is the 22nd, and we shall reach Calcutta in time.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • These fanatics were scattered throughout the county, and would, despite the English police, recover their victim at Madras, Bombay, or Calcutta.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
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