Like the rest of India , Kolkata , the capital of West Bengal is shocked and stunned at the news of the Columbia disaster. The shock there is doubled by the fact that one of the astronauts , Kalpana Chawla , was Indian born. As the American flag flies half-staff at American Consulate General, people of Kolkata are reminded of the tragic event that killed Kalpana and her colleagues. But her courage and determination remain as a source of inspiration amidst the deep sorrow which envelopes Kolkata.
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