Happy Street, Fun and Games on Park Street, Kolkata

March 25, 2015 10 comments

Happy Street, Fun and Games on Park Street, Kolkata

An Initiative of Times of India

I am no stranger to Park Street as I had spend a decade and half in St. Xavier’s School and College, which has been a second home for me.

Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata, a Times of India initiative

Happy Street, Park Street, Kolkata, a Times of India initiative

But on 22 March 2015 I entered Park Street from the Chowringhee end and was greeted by a a totally unfamiliar scene.

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Choto Ras Bari, Chetla Tollygunge Region, Kolkata

March 18, 2015 10 comments

Choto Ras Bari

Chetla Tollygunge Region, Kolkata

Today the the Adi Ganga (Tollly Nala) looks nothing better than a drain, but this creek once served as a major pilgrim route to the Kalighat and is older than the city of Kolkata (Calcutta).

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge - Chetla area, Kolkata

Choto Ras Bari, Tollygunge – Chetla area, Kolkata

As the Adi Ganga (Tolly Nala) served as a pilgrim route, several other temples were constructed along its banks, the Radhanath Temple, Boro Ras Bari (major house) and Choto Ras Bari (minor house), is one such temple complex.

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A Few Good Bloggers, The Times of India

March 11, 2015 17 comments

A Few Good Bloggers

Jaideep Mazumdar, The Times of India

“Good Morning Sir, have you received your copy of The Times of India?” this was what I used to say as Reader Relation Executive (RRE) for The Times of India (TOI).

It was October 1999 and Times of India was making its inroads in Kolkata (Calcutta). I was doing my Masters of Business Management (MBM) from Calcutta University (CU) and the travelling bug had already bit me.

So to fund my trips I joined the door to door promotional campaign for Times of India. It was an early morning job and I had ample time to attend my classes at the Alipur Campus of Calcutta University.

A Few Good Bloggers, Jaideep Mazumdar, The Times of India, 7 March 2015

A Few Good Bloggers, Jaideep Mazumdar, The Times of India, 7 March 2015

Couple of months stint with Times of India provided me with enough funds to make my first solo trip, a trek to Sandakphu & Phalut, and opened up the opportunity of taking travel seriously.

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Adam Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli Bus Stop, Delhi

March 4, 2015 6 comments

Adam Khan’s Tomb

Mehrauli Bus Stop, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Adam Khan’s Tomb is located in the Mehrauli region of South Delhi and overlooks the crowded Mehrauli Bus Terminus.

Adam Khan's Tomb, Memhrauli, Delhi

Adam Khan’s Tomb, Memhrauli, Delhi

Adam Khan’s tomb, with its massive dome, is popularly known as the Bhul Bhuila (labyrinth) for its complex network of corridors.

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Afghan War Memorial, Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

February 26, 2015 6 comments

Afghan War Memorial

Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Afghan War Memorial, Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Afghan War Memorial, Dum Dum, Kolkata (Calcutta)

It may sound unusual that a road in Dum Dum, north of Kolkata (Calcutta), is known as the Monument Road and whats more unusual, is that it does have a monument at it side.

The monument is shaped like a white tower and has some resemblance with the Saheed Minar (Octernoly Monument), which is located at the North – Eastern corner of Kolkata Maidan.

It is located next to the entrance of the Dum Dum Ordinance Factory and is dedicated to the fallen British soldiers of the First Anglo – Afghan War (1839 – 42).

The towering Afghan War Memorial was constructed in 1842 and predates the Dum Dum Ordinance Factory. The Dum Dum Ordinance Factory was set up in 1846, following the defeat of the British in the Afghan War, when the British East India Company decided to set up the first ammunition factory in India.

According to locals the dhum dhum sound of the the testing guns gave Dum Dum its name, but historians differ as the reference of the name Dum Dum can be found far beyond the days of the Dum Dum Ordinance Factory.

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Flea Market, Britanski trg (British Square), Zagreb

February 18, 2015 2 comments

Flea Market

Britanski trg (British Square), Zagreb

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Flea Market can be described as a special type of bazar that rents it space to people who want to sell or batter old merchandise.

Flea Market at the Britanski trg (British Square), Zagreb

Flea Market at the Britanski trg (British Square), Zagreb

Although not a very common concept in India, its an integral part pf every European city. Zagreb the capital of newly formed state of Croatia is no exception.

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Desserts form Sugar Me

February 11, 2015 15 comments

Desserts from Sugar Me

Heart 2 Heart, Muddy Cup, Death by Ferrero and Chocolate Chip Muffin

Also see: My Food Posts

Noted food blogger Poorna Banerjee, who blogs at “Presented by P,” has recently started Sugar Me, a desert home delivery service. Sugar Me offers home delivery service of customised cakes, cookies and chocolates at your door steps, anywhere in Kolkata.

Assorted Desserts from Sugar Me, gift from Poorna Banerjee

Assorted Desserts from Sugar Me, gift from Poorna Banerjee

Also you can surprise your friends, on their birthdays and anniversary, with customised goodies from Sugar Me.

Poorna is a not only a fellow blogger but also a friend. She recently sent me an assorted package of her amazing creations. The package consisted of four assorted desserts.

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