Wikipedia Takes Kolkata II
Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, 23 February 2014
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 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.
McDonnel Monument, Calcutta (Kolkata)
Forgotten Drinking Fountain
“Only dismantling the fountain completely could have done more to hide it from view”
Desmond Doig, An Artist’s Impression
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.
PHOTO PUBLICATION – X
Two of my photographs on Calcutta (kolkata) was published in the article titled “Colonial Tales” by Monojit Lahiri in the Jet Wings (In flight magazine of Jet Airways) January 2014 issue.
My two published photos:
- Ganga Arati, Bagbazar Ghat, Calcutta (Kolkata)
- Chinese Breakfast, Tiretta Bazar, Calcutta (Kolkata)
Referred by Lonely Planet Guide
http://www.rangandatta.wordpress.com in Lonely Planet Guide reference list
Lonely Planet (not the magazine), the largest travel guide book publisher in the world with over 500 covering 195 countries has mentioned my blog in their reference section.
The 15 edition of the Lonely Planet India Guide mention my blog in the resource (reference) section of the Kolkata page.
Walkability Study of Calcutta Maidan
A Jane’s Walk initiative supported by Calcutta Walks
Also see: Jane’s Walk 2013, Calcutta
“The tiger-haunted jungle which cut off the village of Chowringhee from the river was cleared, and gave way to the wide grassy stretch of the Maidan of which Calcutta is so proud.”
Calcutta Old and New, H E A Cotton
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!!!
Journalist, Author, Activist and Urban Thinker
“You’ve got to get out and walk”
Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) was an American–Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. She had no formal training in architecture or urban planning yet her influential book “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (published in 1961) introduced ground breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.
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.
A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work, and play.
Started in 2007, a year after her death, Jane’s Walks are held annually during the first weekend in May, to coincide with her birthday. Jane’s Walk consists of a series of neighbourhood walking tours. The walks are led by local volunteers and offered for free.