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After a really unfortunate communication mix up and some trouble finding the house, my partner and I learned that Sourendra himself had left the country and we were in the hands of his mom who spoke only a little English. We weren't sure what to expect at that point.
But, actually, this turned out to be one of the most genuine experiences of our entire trip. There's no other way to describe it but real. We were in one of Kolkata's famed community blocks and walked around the the streets at night past neighbourhood girls going to temple. We sat with the locals on narrow streets and ate normal food for next to nothing. It was mesmerising and the first time in India that we were able to get off the tourist track.
The home itself was a very normal Indian household and we felt so comfortable. Not in the hotel way, mind you, but in the way you feel when you know you're being taken good care of. Had tea with mom and communicated with gestures and random words and she showed us her family pictures and her worship room.
When our stay was finished, a lovely uncle made us a super lunch and shook our hands and sent us on our way with our hearts full of gratitude.
Make sure you get proper directions to the house before and ensure someone will be there to meet you. But definitely stay here if you have the chance.
Sourendra est une personne très gentille qui vit avec sa mère et un vieil ami de famille.Le quartier où il habite est super tranquille et à 15min. à pied du métro(de là 15min. du centre).Le problème c'est l'espace qu'il (website hidden) ne pourrais appeler cet espace une chambre privée car on est au beau milieu de son apart qui est déjà très petit et on a aucune (website hidden) plus dès très tôt le matin,ils se lèvent un après l'autre pour se laver à la chaudière d'eau,laver la vaiselle,se préparer pour le travail,etc...dès 4hrs du matin,un peu trop tôt pour (website hidden) ne conseillerais malheureusement pas cet endroit et j'en ai discuté avec lui car moi aussi je fais du airbnb ds mon pays donc je sais et crois connaître les besoins minimums requis.Le prix était abordable mais c'est tout! Désolé Sourendra.
Sourendra was a so nice and lovely host that I will never forget my stay in his home in Kolkata.
His mother take care for us that we had always to eat enough and his Dada cooked us delicius meals.
Every questions we had and each information we need - Sourendra
give us the information and answered the questions.
If you want to see the real life in an indian ,lovely family than you must stay some days with Sourendra s family.
Sourendra was a wonderful host.Thank you!