Calcutta (Kolkata)

1. St. John’s Church:

St. John’s Church is Calcutta’s first Anglican Cathedral and the third oldest Church in the city.  Located at the heart of the city the church contains beautiful paintings, stained glasses and marble memorials. The compound also contains several grave and memorials including the grave of Job Charnock, the controversial founder of the city of Calcutta in 1690. Read more…

2. Ronald Ross Memorial:

Ronald Ross, a British Physicain working in the small laboratory of the Presidency General (PG) Hospital discovered that malaria was transfered by female anopheles mosquito. Ross received the Nobel Prize in 1902 and a memorial was erected on the western walls of the PG Hospital. Ross’ discovery and his memorial was the focal point of Amitav Ghosh’s novel Calcutta Chromosome. Read more…

3. Raj Bhavan, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Raj Bhavan, the present residence of the Governor of West Bengal, and the earths-while residence of the viceroy of India was built in 1805 in the lines of the Keddlestone Hall of Derbyshire. Considered as the finest Government House occupied by any sovereign or government in the world. Surrounded by a huge garden  is approached by four colossal arched gateways. Read more…

4. Fanush ~ Paper made hot air balloons:

Fanush, paper made hot air balloon, was once the integral part of North Calcutta (Kolkata) “Babu” Culture. Today the art of Fanush making is a dying art as the new generation has shifted its attention into other sources of entertainment. The Fanush operates in the same principle of a hot air balloon. The air inside the Fanush is heated by a cloth rag ball, attached to the base of the Fanush. The Dutta family of Bholanath Dham still carries out the art of fanush flying on the afternoon of Kali puja. Read more…

5. Chinese Temple of Tiretta Bazar:

After the daath of Tong Achew, the first Chinese settler of Calcutta. The Chinese moved from Achipur to the centre of Kolkata, where they settled at Tiretta Bazar. Even today Tiretta Bazar has a distinctive Chinese touch and the Chinese breakfast is still available on Sunday mornings. Tiretta Bazar also houses six Chinese Temples, although difficult to spot they are worth a visit. Read more…

6. Bengali War Memorial:

Bengalis have never been a warrior race, and a Bengali fighting a war would be one of the last thing one can imagine. Bengalis are rather dubbed as book worms showing their excellence in academic fields. But in the very heart of Kolkata’s academic hub stands a memorial dedicated to the Bengali warriors killed during World War I. The 49th Bengali Regiment was part of the British army in WWI and was mostly posted in Mesopotamia ( present day Iraq). Read more…

7. Calcutta GPO:

Located at the site of the old Fort William, Kolkata GPO is located on the crossing of Netaji Subhas Road and Koilaghat Street. General Post Office (GPO) is one of the famous landmark of the city of Calcutta (Kolkata). Built in 1868 the majestic building was designed by Walter B. Grenvile. Along the eastern staircase of the GPO almost invisible brass plate marks the eastern end of the old Fort William, probably the only remains of the old fort of Calcutta. Read more…

8. Chinese New Year:

The Chinese settlement of Calcutta dates back to to 1780s when a trader named Tong Achew set up his sugar factory near present day Budge-Budge. The place today is known as Achipur, after Tong Achew. The Chinese soon deserted Achipur and headed for Calcutta (Kolkata), where they are presently settled in Tangra & Tiretta Bazar regions. The Calcutta Chinese community celebrates the Chinese New Year in traditional way complete with dragon & lion dances. Read more…

9. Writers’ Building:

Writers’ Building is so called because it once housed the clerical and administrative staff (writers) of East India Company. Today it houses the main state secretariat and the office of the Chief Minister.  The 150 mts long building occupies the entire nort end of the Lal Dighi (Tank Square). Built in 1777 and the designed by Thomas Lyon the building has undergone several extension and changes over the years. Read more…

10. Synagogues of Calcutta (Kolkata):

Calcutta (Kolkata) has always been a melting pot of various cultures & religions. Jews were one of the last communities to arrive in Calcutta (Kolkata) but within a short span of time they made their presence felt by controlling a large section of the trade in Calcutta (Kolkata). Once the Jews in Calcutta (Kolkata) numbered 6000 and had an active community complete with Synagogues where various religious rituals were carried out. But the two synagogues, Beth El & Magen David, of Calcutta (Kolakta) still stands. Declared as protected monuments they are looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Read more…

11. Parsi (Zoroastrian Fire Temple):

Zoroastrianism is a religion based on the teaching of prophet Zoroaster. Founded in the 6th century BC, Zoroastrianism is considered one of the oldest religions of the world. The Parsi first arrived in India well before the birth of Christ and settled in the West Coast of India. About 200 years ago the Parsis first settled in Calcutta (Kolkata). The first Parsi Temple was first set up in 1839 but it was abandoned. The present fire temple of Anjuman Atash Adran was established in 1912 and operates to this day. Read more…

12. Standard Life Assurance Building:

Although lesser known than its famed counterparts of Writers’ Building, General Post Office (GPO), St. Andrew’s Kirk or St. John’s Church the Standard Life Assurance Building can be considered as one of the finest buildings around Lal Dighi (formally Tank Square). Located at the corner of BBD Bagh (South) and Red Cross Place (formally Wellesley Place) the Standard Life Assurance Building was constructed in 1896 by the famous Bombay based architect Frederick W Stevens, of Victoria Terminus (VT) fame. The building once housed the office of Edinburgh based Standard Life Assurance company. Read more…

13. St. James’ Church (Jora Girja), Kolkata (Calcutta):

Jora Girja, popularly known as a bus – stop on the Lower Circular Road, is actually a twin spired church on the Name St. James’ Church. Built in 1855 by architect Walter B Granville the Ghotic styled church with pointed arches and richly decorated woodwork has recently been restored and open to public on 11 December 2011. Read more…

14. All Souls’ Day, Kolkata (Calcutta):

All Souls’ Day is a day when Christian remember their friends & relatives, who have passed away. This comes from an ancient belief that the souls of the dead will return, on this particular day, to have a meal with their family & friends. Candles are lit to guide the souls to their home for the meal. In Kolkata All Souls’ Day is celebrated in Lower Circular Road and Bhawanipur Cemetery. Read more…

15. St. Mary’s Church (Bangali Cathedral), Calcutta (Kolkata):

St. Mary’s Church was constructed in 1889 and is popularly known as the Bangla Cathedral, as large number of its member belong to the Bengali Protestant Christan community. Located on Elgin Road (Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani) the church interiors contain beautiful stained glass and marble tablets, many of which are written in Bengali. Read more…

16. Metropolitan Building ~ Whitewa, Laidlaw and Co. to Big Bazar:

On the eastern side of Esplanade stands a spectacular building in Baroque style, complete with domes, pediments, balconies & clock tower. Known as the Metropolitan Building it once housed Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) leading departmental stores run by the famous Whiteway, Laidlaw and Co. Today the Metropolitan Building is owned by the Life Insurance Corporation of India and the old department store area on the ground floor is now occupied by the Big Bazar. Read More…

17. Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk, 2012, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Kelby is editor and publisher of Photoshop User and Layers magazines, president and co-founder of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and is president of Kelby Media Group, an Oldsmar, Florida-based software training, education, and publishing firm. The Calcutta (Kolkata) edition of the Scott Kelby Worlwide Photowalk was lead by Manjit Singh Hoonjan, a veteran tour and photo guide in the streets of Calcutta (Kolkata). Read more…

18. Bhistis of Calcutta (Kolkata):

During the British rule the bhistis were known for their loyalty and efficiency and have been made immortal in Rudward Kiplimg’s poem Gungan Din. Once an indispensable part of Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) water supply of both domestic and public purposes  today the bhistis are  fast vanishing tribe. Today a handful of bhistis operates in a few pockets in Calcutta (Kolkata). Read more…

19. Nikon School India Photowalk ~ Kolkata (Calcutta):

The pujas are over and the winter chill has already set in and its ideal time for a photowalk in Calcutta (Kolkata). Nikon School India Kolkata photowalk was scheduled at 6:30 am on the 28 October 2012. The meeting point was Victoria Memorial North Gate. The participants consisted of a interesting mix of photographers, starting from first timers to hard core veterans but each carried a Nikon DSLR, starting from low end and out of market models like D60 to the latest high end models of D800. Read more…

20. Fanush Making ~ Making of paper made hot air balloons:

The Fanush operates in the same principle of a hot air balloon. The air inside the Fanush is heated by a cloth rag ball (locally called Luti) soaked in spirit. The Luti is attached to the base of the Fanush. The Dutts of Bholanath Dham on Beadon Street have kept the tradition alive by flying several different fanushes every year on the afternoon of Kali Puja. In 2012 I was specially invited by Ajoy Dutt to document the entire process of fanush making. Read more…

21. Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata (Calcutta):

Burmese Temple 4Mentioned by Amitava Ghosh in his best selling novel The Glass Palace the Maynmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple is located on 10 A Eden Hospital Road, next to the horse mounted statue of Rana Pratap, just off the Central Avenue. The two boards on the no descriptive three storied building are the only evidence of the Myanmar (Burma) Buddhist Temple in Kolkata (Calcutta). Read more …

22. Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches:

Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)Kolkata (formally Calcutta) once the second city of the mighty British Empire is home to several churches catering to different sects and sub – sects of Christianity. Apart from the well known Protestant and Catholic sects Calcutta (Kolkata) also houses churches belonging to the Orthodox sect including Armenian, Syrian and Greek orthodox sub – sets.  This article is a compilation of the the Churches of Calcutta (Kolkata). However the article is not exhaustive and would be updated from time to time. Read more…

23. Armenian Christmas Celebration, Calcutta:

Armenian Christmas Celebration, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)According to historic records Christians worldwide celebrated Christ’s birth on January 6, till the fourth century. The Roman Catholic Church changed the birth date to December 25 to override a pagan festival dedicated to the birth of the sun. The Armenian Church just kept the original date. Also Armenia happens to be the first country to adopt Christianity as the state religion. Read more…

24. North Park Street Cemetery ~ Lone surviving grave:

Robertson Monument, North Park Street Cemetery, Calcutta (Kolkata)Tucked away in the South – Eastern corner of the the Assembly of God Church Tower (AG Tower) complex is a strange circular structure. Supported by six Ionic pillar and crowned with a dome. It is often used for drying clothes and even as a storage space. The structure known as the Roberson Monument is the lone surviving grave of the demolished North Park Street Cemetery. The Mallick Bazar entrance of the Mother Teresa Sarani (formally Park Street and even formally Burial Ground Street) once housed cemeteries on its both side. The cemeteries on the Northern side of Park Street have long been demolished to give space to the ever expanding city of Calcutta (Kolkata) Read more…

25. Lascar War Memorial, Kolkata (Calcutta):

Inside Lascar War Memorial In Napier Road in Hasting region of Calcutta (Kolkata) stands a towering structure built in the honor of 896 Lascars, who died fighting for the British Navy during the Great War of 1914 – 18 (First World War). The 100 ft memorial built in the Indo-Mughal style has prows of an ancient galley projecting from each side and is capped by four mini minarets and a large dome. Along the facade are undulating lines symbolizing waves. Read more…

26. Greek Orthodox Church, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Greek Orthodox Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)The Greek Orthodox Church, looks more like a Greek Temple than a church, with its four Doric columns in the portico supporting the giant triangular pediment. The smart whitewashed facade the Greek Orthodox Greek church stands out amidst the chaos of Kalighat. Although the Greek Orthodox Church has an antique look but it is among the newest of the Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches and was constructed only in 1925. Read more…

27. Portuguese Church, Catholic Cathedral of Calcutta (Kolkata):

Christmas Mass, Portugese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)Built in typical Catholic style the Portuguese Church comes in with twin towers which are shaped more like marinates, topped with crowned shaped cupolas. The extended portico is crowned with a triangular pediment decorated with beautiful relief work. The inside is even more spectacular with long corridor leading to beautifully decorated alterflanked with intricately decorated circular stained glass windows. Read more…

28. Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk:

Second Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia runs on entirely voluntary effort. Each major city in the world has a a Wikipedia chapter, who apart from contributing to Wikipedia carry out different activities like Wikiacademy and photowalks. The main objective of Wikipedia Photowalk, officially known a “Wikipedia Takes,” is to build a database of photos of landmarks of the city. The photos can later be used in the relevant articles. Read more…

29. Armenian Good Friday, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Armenian Good Friday, St. Gregory, the Illuminator chapel, Calcutta (Kolkata)The coffin bearers slowly carried the black coffin, beautifully stacked with flowers outside the small chapel adjoining to the Lower Circular Road Cemetery in Calcutta (Kolkata). Strangely it was not a funeral and nor the black coffin contained any dead body !!!! It was the Good Friday service of the Armenian Christian community at the St. Gregory, the Illuminator Armenian Chapel at Park Circus. Read more …

30. First World War (WWI) Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Armenian Genocide Memorial, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)From fallen soldiers of different regiments to innocent victims of mass genocide, Calcutta (Kolkata) houses several memorials in memory of the martyrs of the Great War of 1914 – 18 (World War I). From well known, strategically located towering memorials of British and Anglo Indian soldiers to small, obscure, hidden memorials dedicated to unknown regiments. Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) First World War (WWI) Memorials not only covers a wide range of forgotten regiments and unknown communities but also a diversified architectural style. Read more…

31. Toong On Church, Rebirth of a Chinese Church:

Tong On ChurchSet up in 1924 the Nanking Restaurant is considered as the oldest Chinese restaurant in Calcutta (Kolkata) and probably in the whole of India. But unknown to many the gorgeous Nanking Restaurant housed an equally gorgeous temple in its first floor. The temple dedicated to the warrior god Kwan Ti was beautifully decorated with antique furniture and a sets of weaponry. It has been decades Nanking has closed its doors and a court dispute have kept the building under lock and key. Today largely due to the initiative of Calcutta Chinese of Tiretta Bazar the Toong On Church has opened its doors again. Read more…

32. Armenian Genocide Day, Calcutta:

Armenian Genocide Day, Armenian Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)The Armenian Genocide also known as the Armenian Holocaust, the Armenian Massacres and, traditionally among Armenians, as the Great Crime was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects from their historic homeland in the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. Armenians all over the world observes 24 April as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance day. Calcutta (Kolkata), housing a Armenian community for over three hundred years, is no exception. Read more…

33. Jane’s Walk 2013, East Calcutta Wetlands:

East Calcutta Wetlands, a paradise (File Photo)Jane Jacobs saw cities as integrated systems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. With a keen eye for detail, she wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design and self-organization. Jane’s Walks are held annually during the first weekend in May. The 2013 Calcutta (Kolkata) edition of the Jane’s Walk was organised by The Telegraph Explore Calcutta Walks, in association with Calcutta Walks and was presented by Prabha Khaitan Foundation. Nine walks was held in Calcutta (Kolkata).” I joined the East Calcutta Wetland walk. Read more…

34. Old or Mission Church. Calcutta (Kolkata):

Mission Church Interior, Calcutta (Kolkata)Founded by the Swedish Lutheran missionary Johann Zachariah Kiernander the Mission Church was founded in 1770 and happens to be the oldest Protestant Church in Calcutta (Kolkata) and the second oldest (only next to Armenian Church) in the city. The church was completed in 1770. Kiernander himself called the church  Beth Tephillah (Hebrew: House of Prayer).But the church was popularly known as the Mission Church and locals called it the Lal Girja, literally meaning the Red Church, because of its brick red finish. Read more…

35. Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Glourious Dead Cenotaph, Calcutta (Kolkata)Located on the Northern end of the Calcutta (Kolkata) Maidan the Glorious Dead Cenotaph is the most well known of the WWI Memorials of Calcutta (Kolkata). Strangely the memorial contains no plaques and commonly and erroneously known as the “Memorial of Unknown Soldiers.” But it once contained plaques with the names of the fallen soldiers, which were later removed to the St. John’s Church. It actually commemorates those Calcutta British and Anglo Indians who gave their lives for King and Country during the First World War. Built in 1924 and designed by architect Herbert William Palliser, the sandstone built memorial loosely resembles the Cenotaph of Whitehall. London. Read more…

36. Chinese Breakfast, Old Chinatown (Tiretta Bazar), Calcutta (Kolkata):

Chinese Breakfast, Old Chinatown (Tiretta Bazar), Calcutta (Kolkata)Its early Sunday morning and sun is yet to come out, but the stoves are already fired up and the morning silence is broken by the sound of the knife hitting the chopping plate. Night owls crawl out of their late night parties and call centre night shifts to rejuvenate themselves with bowls of hot fish ball soups from the road side vendors. Hungry soles huddle around makeshift stall, jostling with each other to grab the day’s first meal.Yes, its breakfast time, Chinatown Calcutta !!!! Read more…

37. Hsuan Tsang Monastery, Paschim Chowbaga, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Located in the Tiljala region on the Eastern outskirts of Calcutta (Kolkata) the Hsuan Tsang Monastery at Paschim Chowbaga is definitely is one of Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) best kept secrets. The monastery was started by Chien Wu in 1968 and doubled up as a lama training centre. The Moanastery was constructed in stages over the years and still continues to expand. Read more…

38. Choong Ye Thong Chinese Church (Temple), Calcutta (Kolkata):

Alter of Choong Ye Thong Chinese Church (Temple), Calcutta (Kolkata)Located behind the Hindustan Building is a white coloured building housing a small Chinese Church (Temple) on its top floor. Known as Choong Ye Thong Chinese Church (Temple) it dates back to 1935. The small and elegant chapel houses two Chinese deities placed in glass boxes. Beautiful Chinese calligraphy also adds to the grandeur of the chapel. Read more…

39. Eid – ul – Fitr Namaz (Prayer), Kolkata:

Eid - ul - Fitr, Nakhoda Masjid (Mosque), Calcutta (Kolkata)Eid – ul – Fitr, also known as the “Feast of Breaking the Fast” is an important Islamic festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This is a day when Muslims around the world try to show a common goal of unity. The Eid prayer is performed in congregation in open areas like fields, community centers, etc. or at mosques. In Kolkata (Calcutta) the eid prayer is held at a number of places. The greatest spectacle happens in Nakhoda Masjid and Red Road. Read more…

40. Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival, Choong Ye Thong Cemetery, Tangra, Calcutta:

Tribute to the deceased ancestor, Chinese Hungry Ghost FestivalThe 15th day of the Ghost Month (which is a full moon day) is the Ghost Festival, sometimes called Hungry Ghost Festival. This is the day when the spirits are in high gear. It’s important to give them a sumptuous feast, to please them and to bring luck to the family. In 2013 the Chinese Hungry Ghost Day was scheduled on 20 Aug. The Chinese of Calcutta (Kolkata) scheduled the celebration according to their own convenience. The Lees of the Choong Ye Thong club celebrated the day on 11 Aug at the Choong Ye Thong Cemetery. Read more…

41. Chinese Moon Cake, Tiretta Bazar (Old Chinatown), Calcutta (Kolkata):

Moon Cake Basically a harvest festival the Chinese moon Festival is celebrate on the 15th day of the eight month and falls on a full moon day. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when moon cakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy. Moon cakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival.The moon cakes comes with a wide variety of rich filling, consisting of lotus seed and sweet bean paste. The exotic one contains a whole egg yolk, representing the moon while some contains two egg yolks signifying the two phases of the moon. Read more…

42. Bandel Cheese:

Bandel CheeseSmall discs of about a inch in diameter, they come in white and brown colours, they are the Bandel cheese and are available only in a couple of shops in Calcutta’s not so new New Market !!!!! Originating from the erstwhile Portuguese settlement of Bandel (about 50 km north of Calcutta) the Bandel Cheese is perhaps the last traces of Portuguese cuisine in Bengal. Available in plain and smoked version the Bandel Cheese is made from cow’s milk. Read more…

43. Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photowalk 2013, Calcutta (Kolkata)Scott Kelby is editor and publisher of Photoshop User and Layers magazines, president and co-founder of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and is president of Kelby Media Group, an Oldsmar, Florida-based software training, education, and publishing firm. The Calcutta (Kolkata) edition of the Scott Kelby Worlwide Photowalk 2013 was lead by Manjit Singh Hoonjan, a veteran tour and photo guide in the streets of North Calcutta (Kolkata) along the banks of the river Hooghly. Read more…

44. Sutli Kabab or Suta Kabab:

Sutli (Suta) Kababs at Adam's Kabab Shop, Phears Lane, CalcuttaIts really a melt in the mouth experience!!! kababs so soft that it needs to be tied around the skewer with threads, and hence the name Sutli kabab or Suta Kabab. Available in the Adam’s Kabab Shop in the Phears Lane and is just a couple of minutes walk from the Central metro station. Unlike the seikh kabab, which stays on the skewer,  the sutli or suta kabab disintegrates unless tied together with a thread, hence the name Sutli or Suta Kabab. Read more…

45. Walkability study of Calcutta (Kolkata) Maidan:

It was a story of red and green frames, green was for thumbs up or like while red was for thumbs down or dislike. Sounds easy, not exactly!!! About a dozens Calcuttans, along with a couple of foreigners, struggled to decide what to like and dislike in their very own backward. An initiative of Jane’s Walk, the walkability study of Maidan was organised by Calcutta Walks, a city based walk tour operator. Read more…

46. Lawn Bowls, RCGC Maidan Pavalion, Calcutta (Kolkata):

Lawn Bowls is version of the game of Bowling, and is played on well manicured lawns. The origin of lawn Bowls date back to the 13th century in England and it is being played in Calcutta (Kolkata) for more than 150 years. Introduced by the British in the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) it is now played in the Maidan Pavalion of RCGC. The objective of the game is to get the woods (big balls) closest to the jack (small white / yellow ball). Read more…

47. McDonnell Monument, Forgotten Drinking Fountain:

Located opposite the Calcutta (Kolkata) High Court and inside the complex of West Bengal Legislative Assembly is a spectacular drinking fountain. This small but elegant structure is actual a memorial dedicated to William Fraser McDonnell. William Fraser McDonnell, V.C., of Bengal Civil Service (1850 – 1886) and Puisne Judge of the High Court (1874 – 1886). McDonnell was the repentant of the Victoria Cross and was one of the four civilians to win the prestigious gallantry award, awarded for bravery in combat situation. Read more…

48. Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk:

Wikipedia the world largest online encyclopedia runs entirely on voluntary effort. Each major city in the world has a a Wikipedia chapter, who apart from contributing to Wikipedia carry out different activities like Wikiacademy and photowalks. The Third edition of the Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, oficially known as the Wikipedia Takes Kolkata 3, was held on 23 Feb 2014 and was focused on North Kolkata. Read more…

49. The Telegraph Huntage 2014:

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. So it was not as easy as it sounded!!! Only 7 teams out of the 102 participating teams could crack all the 8 clues. Read more…

50. Cross Cultural Communication with Kolkata Chinese:

Wendy Lu an undergraduate student of Media Studies in Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan presented a paper on my cross cultural communication with the Kolkata Chinese. I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy Lu at the Choonge Ye Thong Cemetery at Tangra (Old Chinatown). Wendy was in Kolkata on a 21 day educational tour. Read more…

51. Paresh Lal Roy, Father of Indian Boxing:

Paresh Lal Roy (P L Roy) was an armature boxer and credited for popularizing the sport of Boxing among Indian youths. P L Roy was educated in England and 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. He returned to India in 1920s and joined the East India Railway (now Eastern Railway) as a traffic superintendent and was soon promoted to sports officer of the railway board. Read more…

52. Sunday Service at Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra, Kolkata:

Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity Church, TangraTangra, Calcutta’s (Kolkata’s) Chinatown known for its tanneries and Chinese restaurant is also the home of the Armenian Church of Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Tangra was inaugurated on 1st March 1867. It has an adjoining graveyard and the oldest grave dates back to 19th March 1867. It was only in 2007 the Armenian community of Calcutta (Kolkata) took up the initiative by restoring the Holy Trinity Church at Tangra. Since then regular masses have been held in the Holy Trinity Armenian Church and the the graveyard and the compound well maintained. Read more…

53. Chinese Cemeteries of Tangra, New Chinatown, Kolkata (Calcutta):

Choong Ye Thong Cemetery, Tangra, New Chinatown, Calcutta (Kolkata)The Chinese settlement of Calcutta dates back to the late 18th century when a Chinese trader, Tong Achew settled near present day Budge Budge. Tangra, Kolkata’s new Chinatown, is known for its sparkling Chinese Restaurants but hidden in Tangra are six Chinese Cemeteries belonging to the same six clubs of Kolkata Chinese Community. The cemeteries are scattered over a large area, they are located inside a complex maze of lanes and by-lanes, making it extremely difficult to spot. Read more…

54. Clive House, Dum Dum, Oldest Building in Kolkata:

Clive House, Dum Dum, KolkataAlthough named after Robert Clive, Clive House, in Dum Dum,  predates the man, who helped to establish the British rule in India. The origin of the Clive House, also known as Burra Kothi, still remains a mystery. Some believe it to be a Portuguese or a Dutch Factory. According to local legend, the mound on which the Clive House stands was built in a single night. Locals believe that the grounds and the house are haunted. In 2003 it was taken over by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and declared a protected monument. Read more…

55. Calcutta version of Calcutta Cup:

Calcutta Cup TrophyAll 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. 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. 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. Read more…

56. Blessing of the Grapes, Holy Trinity Armenian Church, Tangra:

Grapes are ready to be blessedHeld on the Sunday closest to the 15th August, the Grape Blessing Ceremony is one of the most important festivals of the Armenian calender. Although a Christian festival the Blessing of the Grapes originally dates back to the days of Paganism. With Armenia adopting Christianity as the official religion in 301 AD (the first country to do so) the ancient pagan custom of blessing the grapes were absorbed into the folds of the Armenian Church. Today the blessing of the grapes would turn out to be one of the major feast days of the Armenian Church and came to known as the “Assumption of the Virgin Mary.” Read more…

 

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