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I really liked this book. I did a little research while reading it because I had not realized how many different Communist factions were in conflict before a Communist government was elected in the 1970s. Calcutta is a fascinating city, unlike any other I've been to in India (and such a shock as it was the first one I ever went to). I had not expected that among the grand buildings of the colonial past I'd find a huge statue of Lenin or the street names held over from the Communist era—like Ho Chi Minh Road which is where you will find the American Embassy!

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