Qingming (Tomb Sweeping Day)
Tangra (New Chinatown), Kolkata
Also see: My blog post on Calcutta (Kolkata) Chinatown
Qingming or the Tomb Sweeping Day is held on the 15 th day after the spring equinox and normally falls on 5 or 6 April.
On this day the Chinese pay tribute to their ancestors by cleaning the tombs and offering elaborate food spread in front of the graves. It can be considered as the Chinese version of the All Souls’ Day.
Memorial of Thomas Dean Pearse
St. Stephen’s School, Dum Dum, Kolkata
Date: 17 August 1880 Time: 5:30 am Location: Belvedere
Two shots broke the silence of the monsoon morning at Alipore, on the southern fringes of Calcutta (now Kolkata), but these were not ordinary gun shots but shots of a duel.
The shots were part of the infamous duel between Warren Hastings and Phillip Francis.
Hasting was appointed the Govern General by the directors of the East India Company. The directors also appointed a council of four members who enjoyed equal powers in the board as the governor general. Philip Francis was one of the four councils and always went against Hastings.
A conflict regarding the war with the Marathas lead to the duel between the two. Thursday, August 17 was the chosen date, and Belvedere was to be the venue; the time chosen for the encounter was half past five in the morning.
Both stood behind the mark and at the counting of one, two and three both fired. Francis fired first and missed his target while Hastings’ fire found its mark on his opponent’s right arm. Francis staggered and while attempting to sit, fell on the ground crying out he was a “dead man”. He recuperated within few days and attended the Council where both were civil in behaviour.
Indentured Indian Labourers Memorial and Clock Tower
Kolkata Port Trust, Kidderpore, Kolkata
We are the forgotten children of mother India. Mauritius, Trinidad, Suriname, Guyana and Fiji celebrate Indian Arrival Day and have memorials for the Indian workers. But in India no one remembers them
David Sheoraj of Trinidad and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs)
Fiji: 14 May, Mauritius: 2 Nov., Trinidad: 30 May, Guyana: 8 May, Suriname: 5 June, Jamaica: 10 May. These days are all national holidays in the respective countries and are known as the Indian Arrival Day.
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2017
Heritage Tour on the River Ganges
The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), created by the Oxford Bookstores, happens to be India’s only literary festival created by a bookstore. AKLF also happens to be the fist literary festival of Kolkata.
On 6 Jan 2017 the 8th edition of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) kicked off with a Heritage Tour of the River Ganges. I was invited, along with a host of fellow travel bloggers, to attend the Heritage Cruise by Candid Communications, media partner of AKLF.
The story of Jillian Haslam
From living under the stairs to Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker
It was almost mid night of Christmas Eve and Santa Clause, accompanied by a Anglo Indian lady, was giving gifts to the street kids in Kolkata.
Nothing much unusual and Kolkata. The city has seen many such foreign charity. But there was a twist in this in this charity!!! The lady who accompanied the smartly dressed Santa Cause, has spent are childhood in Kolkata.
Fanush Making Workshop, revival of a lost art
Bholanath Dham, Beadon Street, Kolkata
In recent years Fanush (ফানুস, also spelt as Phanush or Phanus) has become an integral part of Kolkata’s Kali Puja celebrations. With the fast spreading concept of noise less Diwali, the fanush or the Chinese Lanterns have taken the night skies, of Kolkata, in large numbers.
In recent years several Fanush Festivals are organized in different parts of the city, where thousand of sky lanterns have taken the skies. Although the Chinese Lanterns are making a rapid progress in the skies of Kolkata, but Fanush have been an integral part of North Kolkata culture for over a century.
Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata
In Remembering the terrible cost of the war, let us all work for peace and peaceful resolution of our difference.
Bruce Buckmell. British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata
The First World War (WWI), which was the known as the Great War of 1914 – 18, ended on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year ie: 11:00 am of 11 Nov, 1918.