Memorial of the Siamese Expeditionary Force in World War I, Bangkok

January 4, 2023 Leave a comment

World War I Memorial, Bangkok

A Spanish Flu Connect

Also see: FAM Trip of Thailand 2022

I always have a passion for World War I (WWI) Memorials. Starting from my own city Kolkata to other Indian cities like Delhi, Chennai or Pune I have visited and documented several WWI memorials (Also see: World War I (WWI) Memorials)

Memorial of the Siamese Expeditionary Force in World War I, Bangkok

Memorial of the Siamese Expeditionary Force in World War I, Bangkok

Thailand, then Siam, is the most likely place for a WWI Memorial as Thailand was never been colonized and it has remained neutral for the majority of contemporary international events.

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Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp, Topslip, Annamalai Tiger Reserve

December 28, 2022 Leave a comment

Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp

Topslip, Annamalai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu

Also see: FAM Trip of Tamil Nadu 2022

News of wild elephants going on rampage in agricultural fields and attacking humans are quiet common in different parts of India.

Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp, Topslip, Annamalai Tiger Reserve

Kozhikamuthi Elephant Camp, Topslip, Annamalai Tiger Reserve

No wonder with the increasing human population the wild elephants are losing their ground. They often make inroads into human settlements resulting into man-animal conflict.

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Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok, Siam

November 9, 2022 3 comments

Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok, Siam

An amazing gateway to explore Bangkok

Also see: FAM Trip of Thailand 2022

Bangkok is a big city with chaotic traffic and it has a challenge for tourists who wants to see most og Bangkok in limited time. So a hotel with a good location and access to mass public transport is an absolute must. Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok, Siam definitely satisfies the requirement.

Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok, Siam

Holiday Inn Express, Bangkok, Siam
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Run by the Inter-continental Hotel Group (IHG) a well-known hospitality brand providing everyday essential travel to luxury escapes and budget-wise staycations in over 6,000+ destinations worldwide.

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Tuticorin Macaroon, an Indian twist to a European Confectionary

September 7, 2022 2 comments

Tuticorin Macaroon

An Indian twist to a European Confectionary

Also see: FAM Trip of Tamil Nadu

A macaroon is a small cake or biscuit-like confectionary item made with egg white, sugar and ground almond. It has an Italian and French origin and over the years it has made its way to different parts of the world.

Tuticorin Macaroon

Tuticorin Macaroon

Each country and region that has adopted the macaroon has modified it by using easily available local raw materials. The ground almond has often been replaced with ground cashew nuts or even coconut powder. Some have also added a dash of honey to provide an extra dose of sweetness.

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Amkhoi Wood Fossil Park, IllamBazar, near Bolpur (Shantiniketan)

August 31, 2022 2 comments

Amkhoi Wood Fossil Park

IllamBazar, near Bolpur (Shantiniketan)

The villagers of Amkhoi village, near Bolpur, while digging a pond in 2006 stumbled upon giant bone-like structures. Unable to figure out what they were, they informed the local administration.

Entrance of Amkhoi Wood Fossil Park, Illambazar

Entrance of Amkhoi Wood Fossil Park, Illambazar

These lead to a scientific investigation revealing what look like giant bones were actually fossilized wood. Scientific digging continued at the pond site extracting more such fossilized wood specimen, which was estimated to be 15 to 20 million years old.

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World War Memorials and Cemeteries, Pune

August 10, 2022 3 comments

World War Memorials and Cemeteries of Pune

A compilation of World War Memorials and Cemeteries in Pune

Also see: World War I (WWI) Posts

Over a million Indian soldiers served the British Army during the First World War (WWI), which was initially known as the Great War of 1914 – 18. Over 70,000 died fighting in different war theatres spread across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

World War Memorials and Cemeteries of Pune

World War Memorials and Cemeteries of Pune
Left: Pune World War I Memorial, Top right: Maratha War Memorial and Bottom right: Kirkee War Cemetery

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Cossimbazar, colonial mansions, cemeteries and church

Cossimbazar

Colonial mansions, cemeteries, churches and more

Also see: Murshidabad Heritage Festival 2022

The non-descript settlement of Cossimbazar is sandwiched between Murshidabad and Berhampore. Once a busy river port and a flourishing trading center it presently lives in the shadows of its more famous historic counterpart Murshidabad. Only a handful of tourist who visits Murshidabad makes it to Cossimbazar, which have all elements of an independent tourist destination.

Cossimbazar collage

Cossimbazar
Top row left to right: Palace of Roys, Nandi Family Mansion and Old English Cemetery
Bottom row left to right: Dutch Cemetery, Dos Shiva Temple and Armenian Church

The emergence of Cossimbazar as a river port happened in the early part of the 17th century long before the emergence of Murshidabad. By the mid of 17th century the Dutch, French and British have already established their trading post (known as factories) in Cossimbazar. Known for its exotic silk Cossimbazr soon started attracting traders from far and wide turning the small settlement into an international trading hub.

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Bhot Bagan, Howarah Buddhist Monastery with a tumultuous history

July 13, 2022 2 comments

Bhot Bagan

The Howarah Buddhist Monastery with a tumultuous history

Visitors in the Himalayas are all familiar with monasteries. They generally consist of Buddhist shrines of Tibetan origin surrounded by fluttering prayer flags with green hills or snow peaks in the backdrop. But can you imagine such a monastery in the plains of Bengal!! That too right next to the Hooghly River and bang opposite the city of Kolkata.

Bhot Bagan Monastery, Ghusuri, Howrah

Bhot Bagan Monastery, Ghusuri, Howrah

Bhot Bagan, literally meaning the Tibetan Garden, is presently located in the winding lanes of Ghusuri in Howrah. It dates back to 1780 and happens to be the oldest Tibetan Buddhist Monastery outside the Himalayas.

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R K Laxman Museum, Pune

June 29, 2022 2 comments

R K Laxman Museum, Pune

Museum of India’s most popular cartoonists

Also see: FAM Trip of Pune

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Laxman (1921 – 2015), or simply R K Laxman was a well-known cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his famous creation The Common Man. R K Laxman Museum is located in Balwadi, Pune contains almost 35,000 of his sketches.

Statue of Common Man at the entrance of R K Laxman Museum, Pune

Statue of Common Man at the entrance of R K Laxman Museum, Pune

This museum cum art gallery is a project of Pune Municipal Corporation. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2022. The museum tells the story of Laxman and his career. The story of how his pen and brush along with his sense of humor have turned him into a legend.

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Canning House, the last remains of the failed Canning Port Project

Canning House, 24 Parganas (South)

The last remains of the failed Canning Port Project

Since the late 17th century Calcutta (now Kolkata) has flourished as a flourishing river port and contributed a chunk of the trade of East India Company. It also served as the Capital of British India and was considered the second city of the British empire.

Canning House, Canning, 24 Parganas (South)

Canning House, Canning, 24 Parganas (South)

Plan for a new port: But In the early 1850s it was found that the river was first silting up and the East India Company decided to make a new port further down the river. Surveyors were sent deep into the Sundarban area and they finally came up with a spot on the banks of the Matla River.

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