CALCUTTA CHRONICLES

BY

BRIAN PAUL BACH

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

A Towering Personality

In this, the erstwhile City of Palaces, one such edifice, truly singular, stands out not only because of its pedigree, shape, and skyline, but because of its title: Tagore Castle. Spotting the Styles in the city is an

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Fonts, Scripts, and Styles

Because of my unofficial standing as a fan of so many things Calcuttan, so that I have to take them at my own (slowing) pace, I’m hardly apt to pen anything like an academic treatise when pondering any. Yet, so many su

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Chambers Of Intrigue

There are many localities in the metropolis that can easily be styled as ‘the heart of Calcutta’, and because of each one’s diversity and points of interest, none compete for primacy. As most would agree, one such

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Signs of Identity Indicators of Heritage

Decades ago, when I lived in Oxford, one of its civic amenities I most admired were the fine cast iron street signs throughout the town. Raised white lettering on black background. Classy clarity, with heritage tossed in

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

The Soulful Lanes of Kankurgachi

Calcutta happens to possess an unusually diverse selection of thoroughfares, ensuring complete and utter access to virtually every square metre of the core city. This is only natural for a large metropolis, but the varia

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Independent-Minded

Calcutta has always been independent in its identity and character. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world, and that includes India itself. Therefore, when the Raj ended and Independent India was born, the metropolis m

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Mastering A Mint

On Strand Road, almost at the same latitude as Howrah Bridge, stands one of the best specimens of quiet Doric power this side of Athens or Paestum. Known in turns as the Tuksal, the Silver Mint; the Old Mint, or simply T

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

A Very High Standard

Bank buildings are always built to impress – if not intimidate – we who are all too often held in their thrall. Banks are also rich enough to not only have good taste, but to buy it up whole. For me, an appreciator o

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

Junkyard Alley

Back in my days as a ‘driveway mechanic’, without benefit of a nice warm shop, equipped with lifts, plenty of space, and more than just a battered tool box to work from, I spent countless hours in automotive holding

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

The Bridge Across Forever – Part II

Every day, it’s a relief to know that Howrah Bridge is always there to take us to and fro across Forever, any time we want. Thus, we have an excuse to take it for granted. But we always keep in mind what a singular gif

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

The Bridge Across Forever

That’s what my friend Preeti calls it. Indeed, Howrah Bridge is the Bridge Across Forever. It’s certainly big enough. And whenever we’re on it, everything else, including the Hooghly below, seems somehow irrelevant

Calcutta Chronicles by Brian Paul Bach

By Way of a Fast-Track Introduction

I’ve never driven in Calcutta. You know, being at the controls of a set of wheels. Never, when within these city limits, have I piloted a car, or bicycle, rickshaw, auto-rickshaw, two-wheeler, Royal Enfield, Ambassador

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