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The Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup

July 30, 2014 1 comment

The Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup

Retracing the history of Rugby in Calcutta (Kolkata)

Calcutta Cup Trophy

Calcutta Cup (Calcutta Version) Trophy

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The entire remaining funds of the club were withdrawn in the form of silver coins which were melted and re-casted into a beautiful trophy, the Calcutta Cup.

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Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 23, 2014 6 comments

Zafar Mahal and Moti Masjid

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Panoramic view of the Zafar Mahal courtyard, Mehrauli, Delhi

Panoramic view of the Zafar Mahal courtyard, Mehrauli, Delhi

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.

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World War I (WWI) Plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 16, 2014 4 comments

World War I (WWI) Plaque

Mehrauli, Delhi

Also see: World War I (WWI) Posts and Monuments of Mehrauli

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

World War I (WWI) plaque, Mehrauli, Delhi

Located on the southern edge of Delhi, Mehrauli is a region known for its large collection of Mughal and pre Mughal tombs and monuments.

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Jahaz Mahal and Hauz – i – Shamsi, Mehrauli, Delhi

July 9, 2014 2 comments

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.

Jazah Mahal, Mehrauli, Delhi

Jazah Mahal, Mehrauli, Delhi

Although in ruins the Jahaz Mahal, towers like a ship over the congested and overcrowded Mehrauli neighborhood.

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Book Review ~ The Mouse Charmers by Anuradha Goyal

July 2, 2014 8 comments

The Mouse Charmers: Digital Pioneers of India

Anuradha Goyal

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!!!!

The Mouse Charmers (Google Image)

The Mouse Charmers (Google Image)

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.

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Abdul Rahim Khan – i – Khanan’s Tomb, Delhi

June 25, 2014 3 comments

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.

Abdul Rahim Khan i Khanan's Tomb, Delhi

Abdul Rahim Khan i Khanan’s Tomb, Delhi

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.

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Safdarjung’s Tomb, the last flicker of lamp of Mughal Architecture

June 19, 2014 6 comments

Safdarjung’s Tomb

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 Tomb, Delhi

Safdarjung’s Tomb, Delhi

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.

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Chasing the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train

June 11, 2014 6 comments

Chasing Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train

Kurseong – Mahanadi

See also: FAM (Familiarization) Tour of Cochrane Place, Kurseong

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train

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).

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Kurseong, The Land of White Orchid

June 4, 2014 13 comments

Kurseong

The Land of White Orchid

See also: FAM (Familiarization) Tour of Cochrane Place, Kurseong

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.

Darjeeling Himalayan (DHR) Toy Train, Kurseong Station

Darjeeling Himalayan (DHR) Toy Train, Kurseong Station

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.

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Clive House, Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

May 28, 2014 6 comments

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

Panoramic view of the Courtyard of Clive House, Dum Dum, Kolkata

Panoramic view of the Courtyard of Clive House, Dum Dum, Kolkata

”…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

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