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Colonial History
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 05.08.22

The story of Mumbai’s Zero Point

Travel details: St. Thomas’ Cathedral, Mumbai, is an active place of worship with regular prayer service held every Sunday morning. The church remains open every day from 7am to 6pm and photogr...
By Rangan Datta

Places  /  Published 02.08.22

A walking tour of Delhi’s Northern Ridge

The road continues inside the park, which is a car-free zone. Past the canopy of trees it goes to the highest point of the ridge, which has the colonial-era Flagstaff Tower. A small diversion before t...
By Rangan Datta

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

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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 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


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