Middleton Street: Bustling with life

History The nomenclature of Middleton Street, running from Chowringhee Road and ending on Camac Street, has left historians and chroniclers of Kolkata…

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One-way Traps in Kolkata

One way system of traffic regulation is prevalent all over the world and Kolkata is no exception. Some of its old roads…

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In Bleak Midwinter

First off, is it bleak? Midwinter in Calcutta, that is. Not at all. It’s just a handy, attention-getting phrase, poetically fitting for…

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Food for all

True to the principle of Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, the Ann Bandhu Foundation has launched…

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Nurseries on E. M. Bypass

From adding colour to our dull offices or a touch of Zen to our homes, plants are an integral part of urban…

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Dakshineswar Skywalk

In November 2018, Kolkata Municipal Development Authority (KMDA) successfully completed a mammoth project by unveiling the ‘futuristic’ Dakshineswar Rani Rashmoni Skywalk. The…

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Maidan: A People’s Park

Fondly termed as the 'lungs of Calcutta' Maidan, standing on no less than 1283 acres of vast open space, can lay claim…

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Simlapara: Chequered Past

Simla or Shimulia was an ancient village, primarily inhabited by weavers and widely acclaimed for its fine cotton dhotis. It is one…
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Elliot Road: Reminiscent of a Colonial Man

Calcutta's early history is intimately related to the British East India Company and those who served here. Hence it is a matter…
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Harish Mukherjee Road: Remembering a Scribe

Harish Mukherjee Road stretches from Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road (formerly Lower Circular Road) in the north to Hazra Road in the…
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Red Road: The Road Royale

1943: The participation of Japan in the Second World War and its advancement into South East Asia had created an atmosphere of…
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Hardware Bazaar at Chandni Chowk

Harrods, the famous upmarket departmental store in London once boasted that they sell everything from “pin to elephant,” but the more humble…
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Rani Rasmoni: Queen of Hearts

In 19th Century, the issue of widow remarriage had raised the hackles of the Hindu society. But its advocators had another concern.…

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Nabab Wajid Ali Shah: The Legacy Lives on

When filmmaker Satyajit Ray was shooting his period film "Shatranj ke Khiladi" set against the backdrop of the British annexation of Awadh…
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A Doctor Of All Maladies

Every year we celebrate National Doctor's Day on July 1, in memory of our second Chief Minister, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy who…
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Bhola Moira & ‘Babu’ Calcutta

Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the…
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The Boat Museum

Proverbially known as the “land of rivers”, Bengal once nurtured a flourishing maritime community. The heritage of Bengal is indebted to its…
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ArtsAcre Museum

ArtsAcre at New Town with its 1,65,000 square feet campus is more than a museum. It seamlessly houses galleries, lobbies, studios, caféteria,…
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Smaranika –The Tram Museum

In one of the most inconspicuous of settings, in the very heart of Kolkata, evading the frenzied Kolkatans, lies a fascinating museum.…
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Science Exploration Hall – Science City

Science City, a one-of-a-kind edutainment park in India, was developed by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and inaugurated on 1st…
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Gurusaday Museum

Removed from the humdrum of city life, off Diamond Harbour Road in Joka, lies a hidden gem – the Gurusaday Museum. Sir…
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Nehru Children’s Museum

The word ‘museum’ immediately brings to our mind an old, archaic display of articles far beyond the interest of small children. Located…
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Bangiya Sahitya Parishad Museum

The vintage building of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad is a blink-and-miss structure on Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road. Receiving zero publicity, it is…
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Jorasanko Thakurbari – Rabindra Bharati University Museum

Tagore’s home, Jorasanko Thakurbari, is expectedly a thriving centre of art and education that attracts large numbers of tourists every year. Built…
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History Revisited: Swami Vivekananda’s house

No matter how hip Kolkata tends to become with every passing day, the heritage houses of the city never get withered of…
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What a Marvel!

Kolkata has always been known as the 'City of Palaces' and a recent visit to Marble Palace, located at Muktaram Babu Street…
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Past Perfect

We Kolkatans take pride in our culture, tradition, history, people, food and our rich heritage and rightly so. Kolkata has always been…
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Samriddhi Bhavan: History of Indian banking

Samriddhi Bhavan, the headquarters of State Bank of India is much more than just a building. Housing the archives and a museum…
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Relics of Calcutta’s History

The onset of autumn signifies the homecoming of the Goddess Durga with her four children. And as the Sanskrit chants fill up…
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Esplanade Mansions: The Grand Palace of the City

If Calcutta was once called the city of palaces, it is more likely it owed its name to stately buildings like Esplanade…
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The Old Mint: A Heritage Treasure

Siraj-ud-Doulah, the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William on June 20, 1756 and renamed Calcutta as Alinagar. But after the Battle of…
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A House No More

Calcutta University, established in the year 1857, marked the fruition of the deep yearning for Western education that had surged through Bengal…
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Sanskrit College

The Ionian pillars of Sanskrit College today appear to be highly incongruous considering that the institution was set up to teach Indian…
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Trams Reconsidered

I’m quite a tram fan. From Helsinki to Naples, Portland (Oregon) to Prague – not to mention Hong Kong’s awesome double-deckers –…
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To Be Assured

On the south side of BBD Bag stands one of Calcutta’s premiere examples of Late Victorian virtuosity. Despite its size, as a…
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A Towering Personality

In this, the erstwhile City of Palaces, one such edifice, truly singular, stands out not only because of its pedigree, shape, and…
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Signs of Identity Indicators of Heritage

Decades ago, when I lived in Oxford, one of its civic amenities I most admired were the fine cast iron street signs…
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The Soulful Lanes of Kankurgachi

Calcutta happens to possess an unusually diverse selection of thoroughfares, ensuring complete and utter access to virtually every square metre of the…
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Independent-Minded

Calcutta has always been independent in its identity and character. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world, and that includes India itself.…
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Mastering A Mint

On Strand Road, almost at the same latitude as Howrah Bridge, stands one of the best specimens of quiet Doric power this…
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A Very High Standard

Bank buildings are always built to impress – if not intimidate – we who are all too often held in their thrall.…
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Junkyard Alley

Back in my days as a ‘driveway mechanic’, without benefit of a nice warm shop, equipped with lifts, plenty of space, and…
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The Bridge Across Forever – Part II

Every day, it’s a relief to know that Howrah Bridge is always there to take us to and fro across Forever, any…
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The Bridge Across Forever

That’s what my friend Preeti calls it. Indeed, Howrah Bridge is the Bridge Across Forever. It’s certainly big enough. And whenever we’re…
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By Way of a Fast-Track Introduction

I’ve never driven in Calcutta. You know, being at the controls of a set of wheels. Never, when within these city limits,…
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The Pleasure of Festal Remains

Quite a few years ago, I was intrigued with, though I couldn’t afford, a lavish coffee-table book titled ‘Pleasure of Ruins’ by…
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Chambers Of Intrigue

There are many localities in the metropolis that can easily be styled as ‘the heart of Calcutta’, and because of each one’s…
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Fonts, Scripts, and Styles

Because of my unofficial standing as a fan of so many things Calcuttan, so that I have to take them at my…
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Houses of Spirits from the British Raj

'Is anybody there?'. Nobody can be seen. All the book-racks with thousands of books at the National Library stand still in the…

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Bravehearts from Bengal in WWI

Bengalis were not considered to be a martial race. Yet no less than three World War I memorials - the Bengalee War…
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Misleading Highway Signs

A series of complaints from readers and fellow motorists about misleading road signs on National Highways that connect the city of Kolkata…
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Taking a Toll on Motorists

Rising inflation, steeply increasing fuel prices, high maintenance cost - the woes of the motorists seem to be endless. And now there…
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EM Bypass Extended

Running on the eastern fringe of Kolkata, from Ultadanga in the northeast corner to southeast end at Patuli, the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass…
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Super Seven 2018

If you thought 2017 was an exciting year for the automotive industry, you will be surprised at what 2018 has to offer.…
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National Highways Renumbered

You must have recently noticed some unfamiliar numbers while driving along the National Highways in India. The numbers actually refer to route…
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Highway Speed Puzzles

In the absence of specific norms on traffic safety in the state of West Bengal, the campaign of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’…
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Reviewing – Safe Drive Save Life

'Safe Drive Save Life': four omnipresent words in the state of West Bengal have for all practical purposes become traffic jargon in…
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Accident Insights

India loses approximately 1,50,000 lives on its roads - every year! It is imperative for us to address the impossibly high traffic…
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Fuel Woes Taxing Legacy

Pradeep Gooptu

In the 1970s, the Government of India nationalised the petroleum sector and set the ball rolling for a long and…

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Electric vehicle missing spark

Home to one of the largest automobile markets in the world, India represents an enormous opportunity for electric vehicle (EV). Depleting oil…
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Do's & Don’ts of Accident Management

What you do or don’t do in the few minutes following an accident could literally spell the difference between life and death…
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BS-VI Fuel Catching up

Bharat Stage VI-grade fuel has already been introduced in Delhi from April 1, 2018. Kolkata has not yet tested the fuel and…

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Majerhat Bridge Alternatives

The Majerhat tragedy is an unfortunate reality. A lesser-known fact though is that immediately after the bridge collapse, Kolkata Traffic Police chalked…
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Zipping through the Tolls

Motorists on long drives suffer from one nightmare for sure: long queues at clogged highway toll plazas! With traffic increasing on Indian…

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Taking off with Branded Fuel

As a motorist you must have seen the branded fuels in most of the fuel pumps, but might have never experienced them.…

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Misti Hub - Sweet Stopover

Newtown throws in another new offering to draw the attention of the people of Kolkata with the opening of Misti Hub. Eco…
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Gateways of Kolkata

Gone are the days of dingy gates and crummy entrances. The recent developmental drive at Kolkata has seen some splendid gates…

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Puja Getaways

Durga Pujas in erstwhile Zemindari families in rural Bengal have a charm of their own. Steeped in tradition, these pujas are held…
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Eco Urban Village

Rustic Heart of Newtown The term 'urban village' does sound paradoxical yet the new Eco Urban Village at Newtown Rajarhat, the latest…
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Kolkata’s Yellow Taxi Fading into Oblivion

In the eighties when Kolkata was still Calcutta, long rows of yellow ambassador cabs in front of Hotel Oberoi Grand at Esplanade…
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KMDA Gifts a New Park Bana Benu Chaya

A growing population and an ever increasing concrete jungle are gradually eating away the green spaces in this city. In the name…
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Kolkata Police Standing guard to city’s heritage

You have seen them on the streets controlling traffic or rushing in to maintain law and order but now you will find…
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Go Green with Toto

A cross between a cycle rickshaw and an auto rickshaw they have been around for quite some time now, noiselessly whizzing past…
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Nazrul Tirtha

Lofty walls studded with quotations from his literary works greet you as you walk past the amphitheatre and listen to Nazrulgeeti playing…
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Swaminarayan Temple - City’s New Attraction

Temples in our country are usually dimly-lit, narrow and congested but the newly-built Swaminarayan Temple in the outskirts of the city is,…
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Garden Reach Flyover

The perennially-congested Garden Reach area can finally breathe a sigh of relief. The newly-constructed 4-lane flyover at Garden Reach has come as…
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Tribal Museum

The Ambedkar Bhavan, standing inconspicuously at the Kankurgachi Morh on the busy CIT Road, houses four fascinating museums, graceful in contrast to…
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Butterfly Garden

It is a therapeutic experience to walk around on cobbled garden walkways while admiring a thriving population of flora and fauna. Butterfly…
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Presidency University Museum

Rising like a Colossus from the noisy urban landscape of College Street of Kolkata, the Presidency college is a monument to the…
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Floating Market at Patuli

The term ‘Floating Market’ immediately brings to our mind the image of Dal Lake of Kashmir with its beautiful ‘shikaras’ or even…
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Light & Sound Show at Eco Park Sculpture Garden

Replete with various anecdotes that has helped shape the history of Bengal; the newly opened sculpture garden at Eco Tourism Park in…
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New EM Bypass – Basanti Highway Connector, Kalikapur-Anandapur-Chowbaga Road

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has added a new 3.8 kilometre road connecting the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass and the Prince Anwar Shah Road Connector…
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A New Wave of Performances

The continuous evolution of popular culture has brought us ever so close to our icons. Maybe not through direct communication but definitely…
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New Town introduces Electric buses

New Town is now a certified Gold-rated Green City, as adjudged by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), an institution of CII.…
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Kolkata Gets a New Open Air Theatre

Evolving from Greek architecture, open air theatres have become a typical feature of the urban landscape. It is always charming to visit…
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Food Trucks: A Growing Trend

Ever wondered what it takes to build a food truck? Each time we spot a food truck on the roads of Kolkata,…
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Seven Wonders of the World at Eco-Park

A first of its kind in the city, Kolkatans can now get a glimpse of the Seven Wonders of the World at…
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Uniform Speed Limit on City Flyovers

In a bid to bring in uniformity in speed for each and every category of vehicle plying on city flyovers, a uniform…
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The Asiatic Society

Sir William Jones (1746 – 1794), once a puisne Judge of old Supreme Court, dreamt of a centre for Asian studies, which…
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Visiting the Calcutta Gallery at Victoria Memorial

Perhaps the most iconic and definitely the most eye-catching of them all, Victoria Memorial, is a resplendent fusion of brilliant architecture, history…
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Netaji Bhawan: Abode of the biggest hero of India’s freedom struggle

India’s freedom movement gave birth to several leaders with indomitable desire to free the nation from the grasp of British rule. Born…
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Sports Museum at Newtown

Be it Eden Gardens or the eternal rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan— Kolkatans never miss a chance to indulge themselves…
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Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Museum

Kolkata boasts of many historical buildings but the residential house of Raja Rammohun Roy at 85A Raja Rammohun Sarani in north Kolkata…
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A Slice of Japan In Eco Park

Eco Tourism Park is already a huge hit among visitors and with its newest addition, a Japanese Forest, it is bound to…
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Kolkata Crematoriums Get a Makeover

Happy hunting grounds of vultures and other scavenging animals, strewn with pieces of bones, skulls and remnants of half-lit pyres, the description…
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Kolkata Gets Bike Taxi Service

At a time when convenience is the buzzword, app based cab services have become quite popular in the city. But with road…
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Congestion-free

The dreaded traffic congestion at Posta in Burrabazar due to its narrow roads, further constricted by parking of large number of goods…
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Art But on a Different Canvas

Kolkata has enjoyed its share of brilliance in art. Right from Abanindranath Tagore to Bikash Bhattacharjee and Jogen Chowdhury, there has been…
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Get Inked

Though once regarded as a lesser art, tattoo has increasingly come to be associated with the expression of one's identity. And Kolkata…
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Christmas Spirit at Bow Barracks

Christmas is more than elaborate meals, store-bought plum cakes, and exchange of expensive gifts or formal parties. The true spirit of Christmas…
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Beautifying Kolkata

As the second city of the British Empire, Kolkata, then Calcutta, had earned the sobriquet “City of Palaces” before partition happened and…
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Pandals on Sale

Recycling is the buzzword for an environmentally conscious world and nobody knows it better than us. The concept of use and throw…
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Durga Puja: A Corporate Battleground

Durga Puja reminds us of many things - the sweet fragrance of shiuli, the vast stretches of kashphool gently swaying in the…
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Visit the Bheris of Kolkata

The East Kolkata Wetlands, considered to be the 'kidneys' of the city has been home to a number of bheris or fish…
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Ferry Services in Kolkata and Howrah

How many times you have been stuck in a traffic jam while approaching Howrah Bridge? Or almost missed your train because of…
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Buses With Bio–toilets

Inadequate or complete absence of restrooms on national highways have been long pending complaint for travellers on roads in our country. Even…
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Changing Times for Theatre

Theatre is a mirror through which art reflects life and like everything else, theatre in Kolkata, too, has undergone stages of metamorphosis…
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Bishwa Baangla Haat

When Kakali, who has made London her home for the past two decades, decided to get some nolen gur while returning from…
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Vivekananda Museum

Museums usually remind you of archaic, dusty places, often dimly lit, leaving you cold with a sense of disconnect with the past.…
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A nation's banking history

Be it Rabindranath Tagore's financial records or the account opening letter of theosophist Annie Besant, visitors are sure to get overwhelmed by…
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Sabarna Sangrahashala: A house of treasure

Once upon a time, they owned the three prosperous villages- Kalikata, Sutanuti, Gobindapur which grew into the city of Calcutta. Centuries later,…
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State Archaeological Museum: Preserving the past

Bengal’s rich archaeological heritage dates back to the pre-historic times. Starting from the Black and Red Ware settlements that spread from West…
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Howrah Rail Museum: Chugging out history

Every Indian has perhaps at least one indelible childhood memory of an incredible train journey. Despite the age of plane hopping, trains…
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Chowringhee Road

The famous author David William Martin once remarked, “Nostalgic Londoners like to regard Piccadilly as the centre of the universe”. We Kolkatans…
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South DhobiKhana: City’s Laundry Service

Beyond the posh neighbourhood of Maddox Square, a wooden board leads you to rows of washing blocks where numerous bare-chested washermen pound…
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Radha Bazaar Lane: Sands of Time

A giant wooden table where he used to keep all his belongings, always arranged meticulously; lots of tiny bottles of globules and…
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Hanging of Nanda Kumar

While travelling from Hastings towards Kidderpore Bridge, one comes across a traffic island on St Georges Gate Road. Unkempt, encroached upon, the…
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Relics of Calcutta's History

Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine

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Lal Dighi: Reflections of the Raj

Lal Dighi was once an old tank within the premises of zemindar's old cutcherry belonging to Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. The pool…

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Kolkata’s Own Wax Museum

Kolkatans, gear up for the ultimate celebrity experience! You can actually cozy up to them without being elbowed by security personnel and…
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Chhagalpatti: City's Goat Market

As you queue up every Sunday in front of the local mutton shop, have you ever consider where he gets the goat…

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Calcutta Unfurled India’s First Flag

Not many of us are aware that the very first unofficial flag of India was hoisted at Calcutta. At the height of…

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Bhola Moira & 'Babu' Calcutta

Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the…

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