The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 98

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
LOCAL LENS
BY JEFFREY ELLIS
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KOLKATA, INDIA
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n the Kumartuli artist neighborhood in Kolkata, a worker puts the final touches on a handmade
Ganesh statue. The clay-and-straw statues are immersed in the Hooghly River during the annual
Ganesh Chaturthi festival in the fall. The neighborhood is a veritable assembly line for such statues,
also providing likenesses of the goddesses Durga and Kali—some taller than 15 feet—for similar
watery farewells.
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Jeff Ellis joined the Foreign Service in March 2009 as a public diplomacy officer. His first assignment was
Kabul, as an assistant cultural affairs officer. He next served in the Office of Russian Affairs in Washington,
and since August 2012 has been a vice consul in Mumbai. His onward assignment is Kabul, where he will
once again work in the public affairs section. This photo was taken with an Olympus E-PM1 micro four-thirds
digital camera.
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