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Everything is different

Burrabazar is one of the largest wholesale markets of eastern India — textiles, medicines, garments, cosmeti...

Boston Ice Party

This was not very long ago, but a period that may well now be time stamped as BC or Before Corona. The ex...
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Empire Theatre now dead

I’ve never done this beforeBut this is such a special nightAnd you are such a great audience!And… And I ju...

New utilities for the Chandernagore Strand

This spring, people of Chandernagore are enjoying their riverbank more, thanks to a week’s collaborative int...

India's first municipal archive

Calcutta’s East-West Metro line, the same that will connect Howrah and Dalhousie Square, was conceived nearl...

The Last Post

Meine herzensgute liebe Mutti... My dear dear Mother, begins the letter from a German soldier posted in Stalin...

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Books  /  Published 17.11.18

How East India Company colonised the Northeast

As I walk down the long corridor that leads to the office of Sarmistha De, assistant archivist at the Directorate of State Archives, in north Calcutta, I notice piles of hardbound files. The pages pee...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in

Culture  /  Published 17.11.18

On the zero line between Tripura and Bangladesh

Food and culture, people and gods, history and heritage, there is more than one thing enforcing the India-Bangladesh connect in general and the Tripura-Bangladesh connect in particular. In fact, so cl...
By Sonia Sarkar in

Heritage  /  Published 10.11.18

Have you been listening for the pedlar's cries?

Let me count the ways in which the pheriwala calls out. Yes, in this good old new city of Calcutta, where malls, coffee shops, nail salons threaten to beat down all oddities into a global sameness, th...
By Upala Sen in

Heritage  /  Published 10.11.18

Currency Building hasn't run out of currency

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By Moumita Chaudhuri in

Opinion  /  Published 09.11.18

Our rabid nationalism and neglected heritage

The restoration of Rembrandt’s Night Watch begins in July 2019. The giant painting, attacked thrice in the last century, will be placed in a glass box during the long-drawn-out and expensive exercis...
By Soumitra Das in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

Restoring art to its former glory

The Calcutta Tercentenary Trust, set up in 1989 and chaired by British high commissioners in India, had created a project team of the best restorers from the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum...
By Anasuya Basu in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

Birds disappear at India's first floating market

In January this year, Patuli in south Calcutta made headlines for its floating market. When we visit it, the canal along the Eastern Metropolitan (EM) Bypass, stretching for 500 metres, is heavy with ...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in

Culture  /  Published 27.10.18

The boats that are becoming extinct

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By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Culture  /  Published 03.11.18

Before gyms, some exercised here by candlelight

The plaque outside the white-and-blue building in central Calcutta’s Mohammad Ali Park reads — Jitendra Byayam Mandir. Byayam is Bengali for physical exercise. “This place is named after its fou...
By Manasi Shah in

Heritage  /  Published 31.10.18

The past preserved in a Marble Palace

In the heart of Calcutta lies a quaint time-bubble, the Marble Palace. I walked in to see and feel what the walls, pillars and statues of the Marble Palace had seen through the many generations they h...
By Saurajit Mazumdar in Calcutta


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