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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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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