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12/2/2006--Kolkata (Calcutta), India..Front of the  Putulbari House (sometimes called the Doll  House) on Strand Road, North Kolkata. About 20 families now live in the home. The facade of the Theatre House ? so dubbed because its owners were great patrons of the dramatic arts ? still has hints of grandeur. An ornate balcony clings precariously to an upper story and vines slither along false doorways. Freshly-washed saris flutter from high windows like party streamers. ..The building has been sub-let to a variety of tenants. The interior of the busy godown on the ground floor was built to accommodate the swelling waters of the nearby Hooghly River. Up the sagging staircase is a sun-lit courtyard with a delicate colonnade carved with European faces and Hindu gods...Now partitions of brick, corrugated iron and tarpaulin section off a number of dwellings which are rented out for 100 rupees a month. In one corner an old woman squats brushing her teeth and spits into the courtyard. The decay is almost spectacular. ..Photograph ©2007 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved