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A Slice of Japan In Eco Park

Eco Tourism Park is already a huge hit among visitors and with its newest addition, a Japanese Forest, it is bound to give other city attractions a run for their money. Although a few of the installations were handed dow...

Museums

Vivekananda Museum

Museums usually remind you of archaic, dusty places, often dimly lit, leaving you cold with a sense of disconnect with the past. Swami Vivekananda's Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, located at the ancestral house of ...

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Kolkata crematoriums get a makeover

Happy hunting grounds of vultures and other scavenging animals, strewn with pieces of bones, skulls and remnants of half-lit pyres, the description of Nimtala Mahasashan at the end of nineteenth century given by Mahendra...

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A nation’s banking history

Be it Rabindranath Tagore's financial records or the account opening letter of theosophist Annie Besant, visitors are sure to get overwhelmed by the priceless collection at the State Bank of India’s archive and museum ...

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Kolkata gets Bike Taxi Service

At a time when convenience is the buzzword, app based cab services have become quite popular in the city. But with road space remaining the same, traffic jams and congestion offering no respite at times, the cab service ...

Museums

Sabarna Sangrahashala A house of treasure

Once upon a time, they owned the three prosperous villages- Kalikata, Sutanuti, Gobindapur which grew into the city of Calcutta. Centuries later, though their palatial houses have somewhat lost sheen, the Sabarna Roy Cho...

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Congestion-free

The dreaded traffic congestion at Posta in Burrabazar due to its narrow roads, further constricted by parking of large number of goods vehicles for loading and unloading of supplies for the flourishing spices market, is ...

Museums

State Archaeological Museum Preserving the past

Bengal’s rich archaeological heritage dates back to the pre-historic times. Starting from the Black and Red Ware settlements that spread from West Bengal’s Burdwan district to the lower slopes of Chotanagpur plateau ...

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Art but on a different Canvas

Kolkata has enjoyed its share of brilliance in art. Right from Abanindranath Tagore to Bikash Bhattacharjee and Jogen Chowdhury, there has been a long line of illustrious painters who have done the city proud. But increa...

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Howrah Rail Museum Chugging out history

Every Indian has perhaps at least one indelible childhood memory of an incredible train journey. Despite the age of plane hopping, trains evoke a certain nostalgia. Even the role of railways in developing modern India is...

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Get Inked

Though once regarded as a lesser art, tattoo has increasingly come to be associated with the expression of one's identity. And Kolkata has never been reticent in expressing its myriad identities, that too in no uncertain...

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Christmas Spirit at Bow Barracks

Christmas is more than elaborate meals, store-bought plum cakes, and exchange of expensive gifts or formal parties. The true spirit of Christmas lies in giving and sharing and this is exactly how it is celebrated at the ...

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Beautifying Kolkata

As the second city of the British Empire, Kolkata, then Calcutta, had earned the sobriquet “City of Palaces” before partition happened and the surge of population post-independence robbed it of its apparent beauty th...

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Pandals on SALE

Recycling is the buzzword for an environmentally conscious world and nobody knows it better than us. The concept of use and throw is actually foreign to Indians and our jugaad-wired brains often come up with innovative u...

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Durga Puja A Corporate Battleground

Durga Puja reminds us of many things - the sweet fragrance of shiuli, the vast stretches of kashphool gently swaying in the breeze, the blue autumnal sky and the foot tapping drum beats of the dhakis. But nostalgia apart...

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Visit the Bheris of Kolkata

The East Kolkata Wetlands, considered to be the 'kidneys' of the city has been home to a number of bheris or fish ponds, supplying fish to our kitchens from time immemorial. Some of these are freshwater ponds, others bra...

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Ferry Services in Kolkata and Howrah

How many times you have been stuck in a traffic jam while approaching Howrah Bridge? Or almost missed your train because of massive waterlogging at Mahatma Gandhi Road or a political meeting at Metro Channel? Often, when...

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Buses With Bio–toilets

Inadequate or complete absence of restrooms on national highways have been long pending complaint for travellers on roads in our country. Even if a few are available at dhabas and other eateries, they seldom address issu...

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Changing Times for Theatre

Theatre is a mirror through which art reflects life and like everything else, theatre in Kolkata, too, has undergone stages of metamorphosis from time to time. Every time we feel that it has turned moribund, it rises fro...

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Bishwa Baangla Haat

When Kakali, who has made London her home for the past two decades, decided to get some nolen gur while returning from her vacation in Kolkata, she was delighted to find- it was no longer a messy experience. Tha...

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Kolkata’s own Wax Museum

Kolkatans, gear up for the ultimate celebrity experience! You can actually cozy up to them without being elbowed by security personnel and bouncers and even pose for a perfect picture with the country’s most famous fac...

Markets, Avenues and Places

Hardware bazaar at Chandni chowk

Harrods, the famous upmarket departmental store in London once boasted that they sell everything from “pin to elephant,” but the more humble Chandni Chowk Market at our own backyard can claim no less. In fact, only a...

Heritage Buildings

Sanskrit College

The Ionian pillars of Sanskrit College today appear to be highly incongruous considering that the institution was set up to teach Indian Classical languages but the colonnaded structure serves as a gentle reminder of the...

Kolkata Unplugged

Misleading Highway Signs

A series of complaints from readers and fellow motorists about misleading road signs on National Highways that connect the city of Kolkata with rest of the country prompted Team WHEELS to conduct a survey. The outcome wo...

Markets, Avenues and Places

CHHAGALPATTI CITY’S GOAT MARKET

As you queue up every Sunday in front of the local mutton shop, have you ever consider where he gets the goat from? Or from where your favourite Biryani outlet sources its meat? Even those who oft en take that scarcely-l...

Personalities

Hanging of Nanda Kumar

While travelling from Hastings towards Khidderpore Bridge, on St Georges Gate Road one comes across a traffic island. Unkempt, encroached upon, the only sign of its importance is the fresh coat of blue paint that the cir...

Markets, Avenues and Places

South DhobiKhana City’s Laundry Service

Beyond the posh neighbourhood of Maddox Square, a wooden board leads you to rows of washing blocks where numerous bare-chested washermen pound clothes, rinse and wring them and innumerable rows of clothes are spread out ...

Personalities

Bhola Moira & ‘Babu’ Calcutta

Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the films, Anthony Firingi and Bhola Moira even featured the star of silver screen, U...

Markets, Avenues and Places

Calcutta unfurled india’s first flag

Not many of us are aware that the very first unofficial flag of India was hoisted at Calcutta. At the height of the Swadeshi Movement launched in protest against Curzon’s decision to partition Bengal, a band of young r...

Kolkata Unplugged

BRAVEHEARTS from BENGAL IN WWI

Bengalis were not considered to be a martial race. Yet no less than three World War I memorials - the Bengalee War Memorial, Cenotaph and Lascar War Memorial were set up in this city though it was no more the capital of ...



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