Venice is like eating a box of chocolates in one go. To those of us who live and work amid the artificiality of city life there is something irresistibly attractive in the idea of being close to the heart of nature, wearing old clothes and living for a time the free and easy life which we like to imagine was lived before the call of the city became insistent. Life in the country preceded life in town by a tale of immemorial years. Nor is this to be wondered since "God made the country and man made the town". Many of the great cities of the world owe their development to the operation of only one or two factors like commerce or industry, defence or strategic advantage, administrative importance or education. In the case of Bombay and Calcutta all these factors have exercised their influence.