Posts Tagged ‘Kolkata’

14 Stations of the Cross, a compilation

April 23, 2014 Leave a comment

14 Stations of the Cross

A compilation from different churches

The 14 Stations of the Cross of Christ is a series of artistic representations, very often sculptural, depicting Christ Carrying the Cross to his crucifixion in the final hours of Jesus before he died, and the devotions using that series to commemorate the Passion, often moving physically around a set of stations. The vast majority of Roman Catholic churches now contain such a series, typically placed at intervals along the side walls of the nave; in most churches these are small plaques with reliefs or paintings. (Source: Wikipedia).

Cross Stations XIII, Portuguese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Cross Stations XIII, Portuguese Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

I Jesus is condemned to death

II Jesus is laden with his cross

III Jesus falls the first time

IV Jesus meets his mother

V Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus

VI Jesus and Veronica

VII Jesus fall a second time

VIII Jesus address the women of Jerusalem

IX Jesus falls the third time

X Jesus is stripped of his garments

XI Jesus is nailed to the cross

XII Jesus dies on the cross

XIII Jesus is taken down from the cross

XIV Jesus is laid in the sepulcher

Please note that the captions of the Cross Station vary.

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Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk

February 26, 2014 23 comments

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.

Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Not the whole group)

Third Wikipedia Kolkata Photowalk, Group Photo (Not the whole group)

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.

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McDonnell Monument, Forgotten Drinking Fountain

February 19, 2014 12 comments

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

McDonnell Monument, the drinking fountain

McDonnell Monument, the 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.

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Photo Publication – X

January 29, 2014 2 comments



January 2014 

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.

Pages of Jet Wings with my photo

Pages of Jet Wings with my photo

My two published photos:

  • Ganga Arati, Bagbazar Ghat, Calcutta (Kolkata)
  • Chinese Breakfast, Tiretta Bazar, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Read more… referred by Lonely Planet Guide

January 8, 2014 5 comments

Referred by Lonely Planet Guide 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.

Screen shot of the PDF copy of Lonely Planet Guide India. My Blog highlighted by red box

Screen shot of the PDF copy of Lonely Planet Guide India. My Blog highlighted by red box

The 15 edition of the Lonely Planet India Guide mention my blog in the resource (reference) section of the Kolkata page.

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Walkability Study of Calcutta Maidan

December 11, 2013 4 comments

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

Green and Red Frames. Left: Green for the endless stretch of Maidan. Right: Red for horse dung

Green & Red Frames. L: Green for the endless stretch of Maidan. R: Red for horse dung

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!!!

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Jane’s Walk 2013, East Calcutta (Kolkata) Wetlands

Jane Jacobs

Journalist, Author, Activist and Urban Thinker

“You’ve got to get out and walk”

Jane Jacobs (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Jane Jacobs (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

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.

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