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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2017, Heritage Tour on the River Ganges

January 20, 2017 3 comments

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.

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Grand view of Howrah Bridge, Hooghly River Heritage Cruise, AKLF 20017

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.

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Jillian Haslam, under the stairs to Entrepreneur, Author and Motivational Speaker

December 29, 2016 2 comments

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.

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Jillian Haslam and Santa Clause with a street kid 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.

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Fanush Making Workshop, revival of a lost art

December 16, 2016 4 comments

Fanush Making Workshop, revival of a lost art

Bholanath Dham, Beadon Street, Kolkata

Also see: My compilation on Fanush, paper made hot air balloons

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.

Mentors and participants of the Fanush making workshop at Bholanath Dham

Mentors and participants of the Fanush making workshop at Bholanath Dham

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.

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Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

November 18, 2016 2 comments

Remembrance Sunday

Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

Also see: Remembrance Sunday at St. John’s Church, 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

Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, Kolkata

Remembrance Sunday, Glorious Dead Cenotaph, 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.

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New Menu Launch at Cha Bar, Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata

October 26, 2016 1 comment

New Menu Launch at Cha Bar

Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata

The Oxford Book Store (managed by Apeejay Surrendra Group) at Park Street, Kolkata has been my favourite hunting ground since my school and college days in St. Xavier’s School & College.

Inside the Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata

Inside the Oxford Book Store, Park Street, Kolkata

Especial during my BCom days (1993 – 96), when my college got over at 9:40 am, I was often the first person to step inside the iconic book store.

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Bengali Literary Heritage Bus Tour, Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2016

October 21, 2016 Leave a comment

Bengali Literary Heritage Bus Tour

Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav (ABSU) 2016

The second edition of the Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav (ABSU) kicked off with the Bengali Literary Heritage Bus Tour, held on 16 Oct. 2016.

Eminent writer and columnist Ranjan Bandhopadhyay (center), Swagat Sengupta, CEO Oxford Book Stores (left) and Tridip Chatterjee of Patra Bharati (right) at Kolkata Police Museum

Eminent writer and columnist Ranjan Bandhopadhyay (center), Swagat Sengupta, CEO Oxford Book Stores (left) and Tridip Chatterjee of Patra Bharati (right) at Kolkata Police Museum

I was privileged enough to lead a group of about 60 eminent Kolkatans, including eminent writer and columnist Ranjan Bandhopadhyay, through the winding streets of north Kolkata past the houses of stalwarts of Bengali literature.

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83rd All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament, CCFC Kolkata

September 29, 2016 Leave a comment

83rd All India and South Asia Rugby Tournament

 

1st All India Women’s Rugby XVs Tournament

Calcutta Cricket & Football Club (CCFC), Kolkata

Christmas Day 1872, Calcutta witnessed a strange spectacle, the first official rugby match of the country was played on that day between England and a combined team of Scotland, Welsh and Ireland.

All India Women's Rugby XVs Tournament 2016, CCFC, Kolkata

All India Women’s Rugby XVs Tournament 2016, CCFC, Kolkata

144 years later, on 21 September 2016, rugby in India reached another milestone and the Calcutta Cricket & Football Club (CCFC) witnessed the first ever official women’s XVs Rugby match in the country (there have been women’s Rugby 7s match before in the country).

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