The Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup
Retracing the history of Rugby in Calcutta (Kolkata)
All though it may sound strange but Calcutta Cup is a trophy awarded , since 1879, to the winner of the rugby match played between England and Scotland, played alternatively in London and Edinburgh.
Although not played in Calcutta, the Calcutta Cup has a Calcutta origin. It was in 1872 the first ever rugby match took place in Calcutta and was played by a group of rugby enthusiast of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Soon Calcutta caught on with the rugby enthusiasm, which led to the formation of the first Rugby club in India in 1874 and was named Calcutta Football Club. In order to attract more players the club offered free drinks to the rugby players. But with the mounting cost the idea was soon dropped, which resulted in the drop in the numbers of players.
Sadly within four years the Calcutta Football Club decided to wind up and a strange decision was made with the remaining club funds.
The entire remaining funds of the club were withdrawn in the form of silver coins which were melted and re-casted into a beautiful trophy, the Calcutta Cup.
Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid
Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli
Mehruli located on the southern end of Delhi is said to be the home of numerous monuments, dating back to the Mughal and pre – Mughal era.
World War I (WWI) Plaque
Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.
Jahaz Mahal and Hauz – i – Shamsi
The Ship Palace and the Lake, Mehrauli, Delhi
Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli
Located deep inside the Mehrauli area of South Delhi and approachable from the Darga of Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki by a complex network of lanes and by – lanes is the Jahaz Mahal, literally meaning the Ship Palace.
Although in ruins the Jahaz Mahal, towers like a ship over the congested and overcrowded Mehrauli neighborhood.
The Mouse Charmers: Digital Pioneers of India
Before I started reading Anuradha Goyal’s “The Mouse Charmer: Digital Pioneers of India”, I went through some of the reviews that were already up on the internet. One reviewer suggested to keep a pencil in hand as the books contains lot of information. I followed the advise, but by the time I finished reading the book, I had landed up underlining almost the entire book!!!!
Anuradha’s Mouse Charmer is not just a bag full of information on the digital pioneers, but the story of India’s successful digital entrepreneurs put together in the most systematic and innovative way.
Anuradha, herself a pioneering blogger from India and successfully running three blogs for over a decade, covering diversified areas like travel, innovation and book reviews. In her book she shares the behind the scenes stories of successful digital enterprises like Flipkart, Zomato, Make My Trip, Indibloggers, etc.
Today, the urban Indian is well aware of the digital business and ordering things via the Flipkart or glancing through the menu in Zomato has been a daily routine for the netizens of India.
Only a few bother to think about the secret behind these successful online brands, this is where Anuradha’s, The Mouse Charmers, comes in. The story of successful people harnessing the power of the mouse and turning the ancient land of snake charmers to the modern land of mouse charmers.
Abdul Rahim Khan – i – Khanan’s Tomb, Delhi
A tomb stripped of its beauty and grace
About a 100 meter south of the Humayun Tomb Complex and at the entrance of Nizamuddin East colony, lies the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan – i Khanan.
Located in a large complex, the tomb looks decapitated and abandoned. Only traces of sandstone and marble can be found on the outer walls of the Tomb, it seems the tomb has been striped of its ornamentation.
The last flicker of lamp of Mughal Architecture
Located at the heart of Delhi, the Safdarjung’s Tomb is the last of the Mughal styled mausoleum, complete with the Mughal style charbagh garden.
Safdarjung’s mausoleum is built in the lines of the Humayun’s mausoleum, the first example of mature Mughal Architecture in India. Sadly Safdarjung’s mausoleum, lacks the beauty, grace and elegance of its former counterpart.
Chasing Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train
Kurseong – Mahanadi
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train is a narrow gauge railway running between New Jalpaiguri (100 mts) and Darjeeling (2200 mts). The train attends the highest altitude at Ghum Railway Station (2258 mts).
The Land of White Orchid
Kurseong, has always lived in the shadows of his more illustrious sister Darjeeling, considered as the queen of the hills. Kurseong, literally meaning the land of the white orchid, has always been a quick stop for a bite of momo and a gulp of tea, for tourists heading for Darjeeling.
From the rolling tea gardens to the towering Kanchanjunga and from the magnificent churches to the quiet little monasteries, Kurseong is a interesting mix of nature and heritage and can be an ideal weekend destination for tourists from Kolkata.
Clive House, Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Kolkata’s Oldest Existing Building
“I have tried, quiet hopelessly, to discover Calcutta’s oldest building, I suspect it to be Clive’s Country House in Dum Dum.”
Desmond Doig, An Artist’s Impression
”…built on an artificial mound of considerable height above the neighboring country, and surrounded by very pretty walks and shrubberies. The house has a vulnerable appearance, and its lower storey, as well as the mound on which it stands, is said to be of some antiquity. The building is of brick, with small windows and enormous buttresses.”
Bishop Heber, 1824