Colonial History
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 15.06.22

Tranquebar — A piece of Denmark on the coast of the Bay of Bengal

The press where the Bible was first printed in Tamil still stands today in a small town museum known as A Museum of Intercultural Dialogue and Printing Exhibition. The printing machine is displayed al...
By Rangan Datta

Places  /  Published 26.05.22

BNR headquarters in Garden Reach: Colonial glory by the Hooghly

Rangan Datta is a mathematics and management teacher by profession and a travel writer and photographer by passion. He has been addicted to discovering off-beat places since his undergraduate day...
By Rangan Datta

Places  /  Published 17.05.22

Day trip: The Bridgerton-esque estates of North 24 Parganas' Dhanyakuria village

Buses going from Ultadanga to Basirhat via Barasat and Berachampa can take you to Dhanyakuria The nearest railhead is Kankra Mirzanagar on the Sealdah – Hasnabad line. Local conveyances are a...
By Amitabha Gupta

Places  /  Published 29.04.22

Canning House: A witness to a historical colonial blunder

The two-storied crumbling brick building has an arched porch and 22 rooms. It is presently under the protection of the West Bengal Heritage Commission, and boards in English and Bengali put up outside...
By Rangan Datta


Places  /  Published 25.04.22

Romancing the past at the 18th-century Maheshganj Estate near Nabadwip

By evening, take a walk to the riverfront of the Jalongi river, which flows about 300 metres behind the estate. A slow cruise on a country boat during sunset is a wonderful way to explore its calm wat...
By Sugato Mukherjee

Books  /  Published 01.04.22

Blood on many hands

Book name: The Murderer, The Monarch and The Fakir: A New Investigation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Assassination Author name: By Appu Esthose Suresh and Priyanka Kotamraju Publisher: HarperColli...
By Sudheendra Kulkarni

Places  /  Published 23.02.22

Gwalior Monument: Kolkata’s little-known colonial landmark

Like many older monuments around the country, the Gwalior Monument is in need of some care. A plethora of flower pots cover the open sides of the pavilion hiding the sarcophagus from view, and ev...
By Somen Sengupta

Places  /  Published 24.01.22

Coronation Park: Delhi’s graveyard of colonial statues

An amphitheatre, water bodies and a children’s play area have been built. A restaurant and an Interpretation Centre, with the history of India since 1857, including the three durbars, is also on...
By Rangan Datta

Books  /  Published 14.01.22

A different perspective

Book: Meat, Mercy, Morality: Animals and Humanitarianism in Colonial Bengal, 1850-1920 Author: Samiparna Samanta Publisher: Oxford Price: Rs 1,695 The title of Samiparna Samanta’s book, Meat...
By Sumit Chakrabarti


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