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The Chinese Kali Temple of Kolkata | 101 Heartland

With noodles and chop suey for offerings, this Kali temple is one of a kind!

John Cheng is the caretaker of a unique temple to the Goddess Kali in the heart of Kolkata’s Tangra area. The area is also known as India's very own Chinatown, with its unique symbols of cross-cultural assimilation. Formerly a Buddhist, John Cheng now considers himself a Chinese Hindu, and is the third generation caretaker of the temple. Together with the locals from the community, the temple acts as a melting pot for the Indian and Chinese.

Outside the metros and beyond the urban jungle live the sons and daughters of India’s heartland. This series tells their stories. 101 Heartland celebrates both unique communities and individual tales of hope, struggle, and reform. From the village of Bouncers just outside Delhi to the fascinating story of Ram Kumar Tyagi, once a wanted man but now a coach for aspiring female wrestlers, 101 Heartland tells stories for the heart, from the heartland.