Remains of a Dutch Legacy
Chinsurah or Chuchura has a interesting etymology, according to some sources the word derived from a special cane called chinchira while others opine the word was derived from the Bengali word Chura (Spire).
The former Dutch colony (1615 – 1825) was once considered the most beautiful town of Bengal. Today Chinsurah or Chuchura is just like any small town of West Bengal, crowded, unplanned and accompanied with chaotic traffic.
Terracotta Temples of Surul
Shantiniketan, Birbhum, West Bengal
Shantiniketan has always been in the top of the list for the travel loving Bengalis. But apart from the the Rabindranath Thakur (Tagore) related heritage, Shantinekatan also acts as a base for several short excursions showcasing some unknown and neglected heritage of Bengal.
Surul, located 5 km from the Bolpur Station in Shantiniketan, is probably the nearest heritage excursion spot from Shantinekatan.
Photo Publicatiom – XI
My photo feature on Heritage Buildings of Kolkata, titled “Glimpses of Kolkata” was published in the April 2014 issue of Spice Route (In flight magazine of Spice Jet).
The six page photo feature consisted of a total of 11 photos, including a two page spread black and white title photo of the Metropolitan Building.
Paresh Lal Roy
The Father of Indian Boxing
As one walks down the central pathway of the Bhabanipur (Bhowanipore) Cemetery in Alipur a grave marked with a pair of bright red boxing gloves is bound to attracts ones attention. It is the Grave of Paresh Lal Roy, popularly known as P L Roy, the “Father of Indian Boxing.”
P L Roy was an armature boxer and credited for popularizing the sport of Boxing among Indian youths.
Paresh Lal Roy was the third of the six children of Peary Lal Roy and Lolita Roy. Paresh Lal Roy was born in India in 1893 but his family shifted to London in 1901.
He was educated in England, where he picked up the sport of boxing. His younger brother Indra Lal Roy, popularly known as I L Roy, joined the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot and died fighting for the British during World War I (WWI).
He picked up boxing at St. Paul’s School in London and was coached by Billy Childs. He went on to do a MA from Cambridge University and won the inter University Championship. P L Roy had the distinction of being the first Cambridge Blue from Asia.
Cross Culture Communication between Indian
photographer Rangan Datta and Kolkata Chinese
Travel Journal by Wendy Lu, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Also see: My blog post on Calcutta (Kolkata) Chinatown
During the 21-day visit in Tangra, new China Town in Kolkata, a group of students (we) from Fu Jen University TW met two Indian Photographers. Asked why they took photos of Indian Chinese sweeping the tombs in the graveyard, Choong Ye Thong Cemetery, photographers Rangan Datta and Manjit Singh Hoonjan said they were very interested in the cross-cultural activities in Kolkata. “and Indian Chinese is the case.” said Rangan Datta.
Taramati Baradar, A Dancer’s Pavilion
A classic example of adoptive reuse
As my Indigo Airlines flight lost altitude over Hyderabad, I peeped out of the window to locate the important landmarks, but before I could figure out the Golconda Fort or the Charminar, the wheels of my plane had hit the tarmac.
My visit to Hyderabad was on the occasion of a FAM (Familirazation) tour of Hyderabad and Warangal, conducted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC).
The Telegraph Huntage
Decoding Calcutta’s Heritage
A two to four member team, a car and a leaflet with clues for eight heritage sites in Calcutta (Kolkata). The team that reached the most spots within a specified time would win. Sounds easy, not exactly…
Thirteen heritage spots were selected and each team had to visit the allocated eight spots, following five different routes. To make it more complex, each spot had two sets of clues, thus making it a total of ten combinations.