In the footsteps of Wajid Ali Shah
Walking tour of Metiabruz, an initiative of ITC Sonar, Kolkata
See also: Metiabruz Dawat, ITC Sonar, Kolkata
On 13 May 1856 a steamer, name McLeod, docked at the Bichali Ghat in Metibruz, in the southern fringes of Calcutta (now Kolkata). On board was the disposed king of Oudh (or Awadh) Wajid Ali Shah.
Little did he know that he would never return to his capital Lucknow and it started the beginning of a home in exile.
Buddhist Temples of Kolkata (Calcutta)
A compilation of Buddhist Temples in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, has always been a melting pot of people of different religion and ethnicity. As the different religious group settled in a new city they set up there own place of worship.
As these religious group were further divided in sub sects and ethnicity, each of these groups started coming up with there own place of worships.
Unlike the Christian, Jews and Parsis the Buddhist came much later to the city and only a handful of there temples date backs over a century. But still Kolkata boast a interesting collection of Buddhist Temples, belonging to different ethnic groups, and scattered all over the city.
Chinese Buddhist Temple
The Chinese Buddhist Temple is located on Jessore Road in between Lake Town and Bangur.
The official address is 426 Jessore Road and the temple is located on a narrow lane on the opposite foot of Lake Town and Bangur.
It is a new temple, opened only in 1962. It went through an extension in 1972. The Chinese Buddhist Temple on Jessore Road consists of a large central hall and several smaller shrines. It also houses a library containing a large number of hand written religious text.
The temple is not very well maintained and is rarely visited by devotes. An old lady caretaker looks after the Chinese Buddhist Temple.
The Telegraph Huntage 2015
Decoding Calcutta’s Heritage
See Also: Compilation of The Telegraph Huntage
A two to four member team, a car and a leaflet with clues for eight heritage sites in Calcutta (Kolkata). The team that reached the most spots within a specified time would win. Sounds easy, not exactly…
Fourteen heritage spots were selected and each team had to visit the allocated seven spots, following five different routes. To make it more complex, each spot had two sets of clues, thus making it a total of ten combinations.
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2016
Literary Heritage Walk organized by Streets of Calcutta (SOC)
The 7th edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Fest (AKLF) kicked off with a Literary Heritage Walk of College Street area on 10 Jan. 2016.
The walk was organized by the Streets of Calcutta (SOC) and I was privileged enough to lead this walk.
Remembrance Sunday, St. John’s Church, Kolkata
November 8, 2015
The First World War (WWI), which was the known as the Great War of 1914 – 18, ended on 11 November 1918 (11/11/18).
A year later in 1919 King George V inaugurated the first commemoration of the end of the Great War of 1914 – 18. Read more…
Crematorium Street, Behind Lower Circular Road Cemetery, Kolkata
At first glance it may appear to be a small church, complete with a bell tower, red titled roof, a projected porch, long flight of stairs and pointed Gothic arches. A common sight in small towns of Europe.
But the building is located in the heart of Kolkata, next to the Lower Circular Cemetery and is approachable from both Mullick Bazar and Park Circus.
Fighting for Peace, Indian Navy Band in Concert 2015
Lascar Memorial, Kolkata
The music was mesmerizing and with the towering Lascar Memorial in the back drop it was a out of the world experience.
It was the Indian Navy Band in Concert 2015 along with the cultural programme Fighting for Peace at the historical Lascar Memorial Complex in Hastings, Kolkata.