Any Time Teatime

Invigorating, sapid or soothing, our penchant for tea infuses a round-the-clock tea culture in the city. A hot cup of tea can…
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Fried Chicken

Kolkata has long been considered to be a Mecca for lovers of fast food. From the ubiquitous kathi roll to baked delicacies…

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A Chinese Love Affair

Before the popularity of Tangra as Kolkata’s China Town sky-rocketed, it was Tiretti Bazaar and the narrow archetypal lanes of central Kolkata…
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Flavours of Darjeeling

A mild fruity fragrance, brisk and flavourful tones, and a refreshing taste are what make Darjeeling Tea the delicate darling of tea…
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Shake it up this summer

Summer is finally upon us and the sweltering heat can prove to be quite a buzzkill. But luckily for us, the ever-evolving…
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Crushing on Waffles

A Belgian culinary delight, waffles have taken over the world with its sheer mouth-watering taste. Made from leavened dough cooked in between…
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The Jews of Kolkata

From the early 19th century the Jews settled in the capital of British India in successive waves of migration. Kolkata, or Calcutta…

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Kolkata: The Armenian Capital of India

Kolkata's connection with the Armenians dates back to days even before Job Charnock, the British trader set his foot in Calcutta and…
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Anglo-Indians: Lending An Urbane Touch

The Anglo-Indian community denotes a small English speaking minority which boasts of a mixed ancestry of both British and Indian. An Anglo-Indian's…
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The Chinese way of Life

The term Chinese does not mean only food. Rather it is a way of life. Chinese values remain an enigma to most…
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Kabuliwalas of Kolkata

Gone are the days when pathans crossed the desert in camels and came down to Kolkata to trade in horses. Today most…
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Parsees: Keystone of our cultural fabric

Kolkata has been the home of many communities though some of them have been moving away from the city in recent years.…
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A silent fabric of Kolkata

Several communities make up for the beautiful collage that we call Kolkata. Sadly, many of these communities are dwindling in number and…
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5 Must-visit Burger Hot Spots

Widely hailed as America's favourite food, the juicy, seasoned meat patty between two pieces of soft, toasted bun with succulent tomatoes, lettuce…
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Mediterranean Cuisine: wins over Kolkata

The very word 'Mediterranean' conjures up a vision of clear blue sea and the picturesque locations that surround it. Covering three continents…
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Dada Boudir Biryani

There’s an eternal love affair between the people of Kolkata and Biryani. Each day sees a new Biryani joint pop up in…
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Melodies of the Past

The fifties and the sixties were truly the golden era of music in Bengal. Television was still some years away and musical…

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Manna Dey City’s balladeer

In the past few decades Kolkata has changed beyond recognition. New glitzy coffee shops have sprung up in shopping malls and among…

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Re-making Music

Purists often frown at the ongoing trend of “remake” and “remix” of original popular songs but its exponents are even tinkering with…

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Tagore & Swamiji - A Bond Hitherto Unknown

The Dutta-household at Simla and Tagore's ancestral residence at Jorasanko were within a short distance but the two illustrious personalities – Rabindranath…

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Tagore & the test of time

On 13 March Rabindranath wrote: "Aji hote satabarsha pore ke tumi poricho boshi mor kabitakhani koutuhal bhore (A hundred years hence, who…

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Swami Vivekananda's Ties with Kolkata

Swami Vivekananda, another prodigious son of Kolkata spent his whole childhood and youth in the lanes and bylanes of this city which…

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Authentic Chinese

Team WHEELS undertook a mission to discover restaurants serving authentic Chinese dishes in the city. We asked around, particularly those of Chinese…
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Dine on Roof-Top

Winter has finally arrived. The nip is in the air. The strains of Jingle Bells can be heard. Undoubtedly, Kolkata is in…
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Breakfast at Kolkata’s Chinaland

Kolkatans swear by Chinese cuisine and I am no exception to this rule nurturing a fetish for authentic Chinese delicacies since my…
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Cinema: When silence was golden

It was July 7, 1896. The people of Bombay woke up to a classified advertisement in the Times of India. Lumière Brothers…

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Durga Puja in ‘Babu’ Calcuta

Durga Puja owes its popularity in and around Calcutta to the coming of the British and the advent of Babu Culture in…

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A rocking Adda

Noted British philosopher Bertrand Russell had once described social gossip as comprising “two or three people, usually like minded, discussing anything under…

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REVELRY – The Babu Way

estivities including Durga Puja in the houses of businessmen or neo rich traders in the city in the 18th and 19 century…

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First Widow Remarriage

It was December 7, 1856. The Sepoy Mutiny was still some months away. But another revolution was brewing in the neighbourhoods of…

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Not A Petty Affair

Pets continue to fascinate Kolkatans. Every year dog shows are held at Salt Lake Stadium, Deshbandhu Park and Maidan’s Kennel Club where…

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Before The Pigeons Fled

Baiting, bird fighting and kite flying had once been the fashionable leisure pursuits of the Babus of Calcutta who showcased their wealth…

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Festival of Colours in Colonial Calcutta

Holi or Dol is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, going by the Bengali calendar. It assumed…

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A Season for Music

Kolkata's winter cultural calendar is incomplete without nightlong Classical music conferences. The city does boast of a rich heritage as Calcutta was…

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Body Building: a thing of past?

In one of the most remarkable scenes from Jai Baba Felunath by iconic director, Satyajit Ray, a body builder displayed his muscles…

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Rodda Case - a Daring Robbery

Every day hundreds and thousands of people thronging Ganesh Chandra Avenue come across four half bust statues installed opposite Hind Cinema. But…

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Poila Baisakh

Poila Baisakh is primarily a festivity once associated with the business class among the Bengalis. It was the benias of the foreign…

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Bengali food that cuts across borders

Till the 1990s, Bengali food – cooked just like home – was sold by restaurants that were all located in north Kolkata.…
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Mocambo: Where nostalgia meets excellence

The Nordmanns – Derek and Angelina – visit Kolkata every autumn and stay at the best hotels in the city, but when…
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Kitchens of Bengal the art of Zemindari Cuisine

It is often said while others eat to live, Bengalis live to eat. The heart and soul of Bengali cuisine are of…
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Best 5 Biryanis of Kolkata

Team WHEELS traversed through the length and breadth of the city to rate the best biryanis of Kolkata. The challenging task though…
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Anglo-Indian fare: Colonial Cousins

The Anglo-Indian community is an integral part of Calcutta's cultural heritage. This community is two hundred years old with origins dating back…
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Crossing the line

Leila and Bano have been on the dance floor for the last couple of hours, dressed in ghagra choli and salwar kameez…
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Flying High with Kites

It is interesting to note that even early colonial officers recorded about kite flying as a common amusement in their gazette books…

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Bengal’s Jatra: Conscience comes calling!

Picture this: Bodolpur is a village with an agrarian population of about 15,000 in the rural belly of West Bengal. A patch…

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Bengali Calendar: A THING OF PAST?

In the past Poila Baishak or Bengali New Year was more associated with traders who wished to begin the year on an…

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Celestial Monologues

Few Bengalis can imagine life without a ‘panjika'. The pink book has ruled heads and hearts alike from time immemorial. Team Wheels…

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