Colonial Calcutta
Places  /  Published 11.08.22

The World War story of this most familiar of Kolkata memorials

Its location on the sprawling Maidan, and proximity to the football ground meant that there were times — until the mid-1960s — when ticketless spectators used to climb it to watch the matc...
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 10.08.22

Rodda Arms Heist: The brazen Bengal robbery that shook the Raj

Though not a single revolutionary was killed during this heist, nor a single bullet fired, this robbery played a crucial role in India’s struggle for Independence. From Rash Behari Bose to Bagha...
By Amitabha Gupta

Places  /  Published 29.07.22

The maharaja statue at Dalhousie Square: A harbinger of royal dignity

Though a significant part of the city’s history, there’s been no limelight on this statute. Finding it is difficult, as it stands in a corner now overgrown with trees and discarded things....
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 27.07.22

There's more to this church-like building in Park Circus than meets the eye

Given its prime real-estate location, the crematorium is surrounded by buildings that have come up within inches of the complex. Perhaps renewing the operations of this colonial building is out of que...
By Rangan Datta

News  /  Published 20.07.22

Discovery of British-era photos and artefacts turns Kolkata office into ‘Aladdin's cave’

Tucked away in a storeroom in the labyrinth-like corridors of a Secretariat building in Kolkata is a treasure trove of rare photographs, sketches, mementos and documents whose discovery has turned the...


Places  /  Published 20.07.22

College Square — A witness to Kolkata’s historic moments

The Durga puja of College Square, which started in 1948, is one of the biggest crowd-pullers in the city. For well-known idol maker Ramesh Pal, this puja was where he got his recognition and he contin...
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 14.07.22

The unique stories behind the names of Kolkata’s markets

The story of Jagubazar is more popular, and is a fun anecdote about the city. Bhowanipore area’s Jagu bazaar is known to almost all residents. But not many know that the original name of the mar...
By Pinaki Bhattacharya

Places  /  Published 06.07.22

Kolkata’s khansamas — the journey from nawabi kitchens to street signs

Kolkata has never been conservative in appreciating the skills and mastery of people and artisans irrespective of their professions. Like the ‘khansama lanes’, there are quite a few lanes ...
By Pinaki Bhattacharya

Places  /  Published 23.06.22

Stories in stone: Chinsurah’s Dutch cemetery

The tombstones of many of the graves are either difficult to read or illegible, and some have even been removed. The historical documentation of the Dutch in Bengal was not well managed until a few ye...
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 17.06.22

Did you know about these ruined 'barood' reserves by the Hooghly?

Across the field another similar structure stands, this one in better condition. A window-like opening has been carved out of the facade and it has become a spot for locals to play cards. Next to the ...
By Rangan Datta


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