Markets, Avenues and Places

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Markets, Avenues and Places

Red Road: The Road Royale

1943: The participation of Japan in the Second World War and its advancement into South East Asia had created an atmosphere of fear and threat in Calcutta. The Japanese Air Force had repeatedly bombed the city spreading ...

Markets, Avenues and Places

Radha Bazaar Lane Sands of Time

A giant wooden table where he used to keep all his belongings, always arranged meticulously; lots of tiny bottles of globules and potions, a white china clay jar with milky white powder inside, a stethoscope, prescriptio...

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Simlapara chequered past

Simla or Shimulia was an ancient village, primarily inhabited by weavers and widely acclaimed for its fine cotton dhotis. It is one of the few neighbourhoods of old Calcutta which has retained its ancient name in the roa...

Markets, Avenues and Places

LAL DIGHI: REFLECTIONS OF THE RAJ

Lal Dighi was once an old tank within the premises of zemindar's old cutcherry belonging to Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. The pool of water adjoining the temple of ‘Shyam Roy’ - the family deity of the zemindar, turn...

Markets, Avenues and Places

MAIDAN: A People’s Park

Fondly termed as the 'lungs of Calcutta' Maidan, standing on no less than 1283 acres of vast open space, can lay claim to be in the same league as London's Hyde Park, New York's Central Park, Paris' Bois de Boulogne and ...

Markets, Avenues and Places

Chowringhee Road

The famous author David William Martin once remarked, “Nostalgic Londoners like to regard Piccadilly as the centre of the universe”. We Kolkatans are undoubtedly much more reserved in our acclaim, although the zest a...



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