I wonder what it must have been like not having a home of your own – and being apart from all your kids. That must have been a tough life for a widowed single mother. My grandmother somehow scraped by, paying for the tuition and supporting herself. It certainly gives me a new respect for her tenacity and strength.
Boarding school was not the norm. Most kids (who went to school; village children typically had no schools to go to) went for the day like schoolchildren around the world. Sidenote: education in India has only been compulsory since 2010 with the passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act.
The Howrah Bridge is apparently the most trafficked cantilever bridge in the world. And seemingly famous – I recall people telling me that it was famous but no one could explain why. It was just famous. I’m guessing it was due to the cantilever method, which was a technological breakthrough in the late 1800s.
The movie is one I’ve never seen but it did have an extremely well known song in its soundtrack:
That’s one of the few songs from the 1950s that I know (not by heart, just the title & melody). I’m curious – if you’re Indian, are you familiar with the song?