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Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

July 31, 2016 1 comment

Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Japanese Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

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.

Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Nipponzan Myohoji (Japanese) Buddhist Temple, Kolkata

Unlike the Christian, Jews and Parsis the Buddhist came much later to the city but they still have more than half a dozen Buddhist Temples scattered all over the city. Read more…

Heritage Tour of The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel

May 25, 2016 24 comments

The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel

Heritage Tour

The crocodile bread, cream roll and the amazing aroma of baked goodies are all that remains of the my fond memory of The Great Eastern Hotel.

The grand entrance of The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, popularly known as Great Eastern Hotel

The grand entrance of The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, popularly known as Great Eastern Hotel

I was at the bakery of The Lalit Great Eastern Hotel, narrating my fond memories of the good old days of Great Eastern Hotel to Madhumita Bose, Manager PR & Macrom.

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In the footsteps of Wajid Ali Shah, Walking tour of Metiabruz

May 11, 2016 13 comments

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.

Group shot at the grand staircase of the Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) Office, headquarters of South Eastern Railway (SER), Garden Reach, Kolkata

Group shot at the grand staircase of the Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) Office, headquarters of South Eastern Railway (SER), Garden Reach, Kolkata

Little did he know that he would never return to his capital Lucknow and it started the beginning of a home in exile.

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Buddhist Temples of Kolkata (Calcutta)

March 30, 2016 25 comments

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

Lake Town

Chinese Buddhist Temple, Lake Town

Chinese Buddhist Temple, Lake Town

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.

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The Telegraph Huntage 2015, Decoding Calcutta’s Heritage

March 2, 2016 11 comments

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…

Huntage Start

The Telegraph Huntage 2015 starts

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.

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Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) 2016, Literally Heritage Walk

January 13, 2016 3 comments

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.

AKLF Literary Heritage Walk group in front of College Street Coffee House

AKLF Literary Heritage Walk group in front of College Street Coffee House

The walk was organized by the Streets of Calcutta (SOC) and I was privileged enough to lead this walk.

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Remembrance Sunday, St. John’s Church, Kolkata

December 30, 2015 10 comments

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).

Remembrance Day, St. John's Church, Kolkata

Remembrance Day, St. John’s Church, Kolkata

A year later in 1919 King George V inaugurated the first commemoration of the end of the Great War of 1914 – 18.  Read more…