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The Jews of Kolkata

From the early 19th century the Jews settled in the capital of British India in successive waves of migration. Kolkata, or Calcutta as it was known then, saw many types - the 'native' or Cochin (speaking Malayali) Jews;

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Kolkata: The Armenian Capital of India

Kolkata's connection with the Armenians dates back to days even before Job Charnock, the British trader set his foot in Calcutta and established a trading post for the English. In fact by that time the Armenians had alre

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Anglo-Indians: Lending An Urbane Touch

The Anglo-Indian community denotes a small English speaking minority which boasts of a mixed ancestry of both British and Indian. An Anglo-Indian's British ancestry is usually bequeathed paternally. Today, the community

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The Chinese way of Life

The term Chinese does not mean only food. Rather it is a way of life. Chinese values remain an enigma to most who have seen them grow with the city and often merge with its psyche. The Chinese have steadily come to th

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Kabuliwalas of Kolkata

Gone are the days when pathans crossed the desert in camels and came down to Kolkata to trade in horses. Today most of them are citizens of India and have given up their vagabond existence for a much quieter life in the

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Parsees: Keystone of our cultural fabric

Kolkata has been the home of many communities though some of them have been moving away from the city in recent years. This series on different communities is a tribute to them and to the city that welcomed everyone with

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A silent fabric of Kolkata

Several communities make up for the beautiful collage that we call Kolkata. Sadly, many of these communities are dwindling in number and may even disappear. This series is a tribute to these fellow citizens and their con

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Crossing the line

Leila and Bano have been on the dance floor for the last couple of hours, dressed in ghagra choli and salwar kameez respectively. They have garish make-up on and have been gyrating to the beats of popular Hindi and Bhojp

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