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Ronald Ross Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata)

June 21, 2011 21 comments

“It’s strange,” she said. “I’ve changed buses here hundreds of times. I can’t even begin to count how often I’ve walked past this wall. But I’ve never noticed that inscription up there.” this words are said by Urmila one of the major character of Amitav Ghosh’s novel The Calcutta Chromosome.

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Ronald Ross Memorial, Calcutta (Kolkata)

Urmila, who happens to be a journalist, in Ghosh’s best selling novel was not aware of the Ross Memorial. But Ghosh’s Urmila is no exception great many of the Calcuttans are not aware of the memorial dedicated to Ronald Ross, Calcutta’s first Nobel Laureate.

Ronald Ross medalion flanked with two inscription

Ronald Ross medallion flanked with two inscription

Located on the Northern wall of the Presidency General (PG) Hospital, lies a arch shaped memorial dedicated to Ronald Ross, Nobel Prize winner of Medicine in 1902.

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Sir Ronald Ross Laboratory

Ronald Ross (1857 – 1932) studied malaria from 1881 to 1899. On 20th August 1897 Ross, working in Secunderabad, discovered that malaria was transmitted by female  anopheles mosquito.

20th August is celebrated as the World Mosquito Day.

Later in 1898 working at the Presidency General Hospital, Calcutta, Ross and his assistants traced the life history of the malaria parasite.

The memorial, known as the Gateway of Commemoration, was unveiled by Ross himself, in the presence of Lord Lytton, on 7 January 1927.

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The plaque of the lab wall

Sadly the culturally active Calcuttans have forgotten Ross and his memorial lies in utter neglect.

The arch contains a central medallion of Ronald Ross which is flanked on either side by two marble inscriptions.

The inscription on the left describes the process in which malaria was transmitted. while that on the right contains a poem written by Ronald Ross himself. Only the first three paragraphs of the poem were written on the marble plaque.

The two more paragraphs of the poem read as follows:

Half stunned I looked around
And see a land of death –
Dead bones that walk the ground
And death bones underneath:.

A race of wretches caught, 
Between the palms of need 
And rubbed to utter nought,
The chaff of human seed.

The lab where the final stages of the experiment in PG hospital still stands and in 2004 it was converted into a malaria clinic and name Sir Roland Ross Memorial Malaria Clinic.

Sadly the lab remains under lock and key. Just left of the entrance is a small plaque. It mentions about the discovery of Ronald Ross and the plaques also has a beautiful drawing of a mosquito.

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St. John’s Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

June 17, 2011 15 comments

St. John’s Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

First Anglican Church of Calcutta (Kolkata)

Also see my compilation of Calcutta (Kolkata) Churches

Located at the North – Western corner of the Governor House (Raj Bhavan) lies the St. John’s Church. Built in 1787 St. John’s Church is the third oldest church in Calcutta (Kolkata) only next to the Armenian and the Old Mission Church. St. John’s Church served as the Anglican Cathedral of Calcutta (Kolkata) till 1847 when it was transferred to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

St. John's Church, Calcutta (Kolkata)

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Welcome to my Blog

June 17, 2011 1 comment

Welcome to my Blog.

I love to travel and share my experience through my writing & photography.  Although I am not restricting my Blog to travel writing only. I have plans to covert a diverse subject right from popular science to food and from photography techniques to different aspects of social science.

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