I do not know how many millions of people live in Calcutta, but I know it is well in excess of 14 million.
One day, a friend, M, met us in London. He told us that a mutual friend, D, was married to a woman born in Calcutta. As my wife went to school in that city, M said to her: ” You might know D’s wife.”
My wife replied: “Do you realise how many people live in Calcutta, M?”
Then after a moment, she asked; “What is her name?”
M mentioned a name. Hearing this, my wife answered: “She was a year junior to me at school.”
I thought it was amazing how small the world can seem even when a city as huge as Calcutta is being discussed.