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First Widow Remarriage

It was December 7, 1856. The Sepoy Mutiny was still some months away. But another revolution was brewing in the neighbourhoods of native Calcutta. On that day (12 Agrahayan, 1263, according to Bengali calendar) every roa...

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Flying High with Kites

It is interesting to note that even early colonial officers recorded about kite flying as a common amusement in their gazette books

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Cinema: When silence was golden

It was July 7, 1896. The people of Bombay woke up to a classified advertisement in the Times of India. Lumière Brothers (Auguste and Louis Lumière) were all set for a show of their Cinmatographe, a collection of snippe...

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Not A Petty Affair

Pets continue to fascinate Kolkatans. Every year dog shows are held at Salt Lake Stadium, Deshbandhu Park and Maidan’s Kennel Club where canines of various sizes take part. Bigger dogs like Great Dane, Mastiff, Afgan H...

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REVELRY – The Babu Way

estivities including Durga Puja in the houses of businessmen or neo rich traders in the city in the 18th and 19 century were incomplete without night long shows of kabigan, akhrai, half akhrai, tarja, tappa, kirtan, jatr...

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Durga Puja in ‘Babu’ Calcuta

Durga Puja owes its popularity in and around Calcutta to the coming of the British and the advent of Babu Culture in the city. Though it all begun by Laxmikanta Mazumder of Barisha in 1610, the opulence associated with t...

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A rocking Adda

Noted British philosopher Bertrand Russell had once described social gossip as comprising “two or three people, usually like minded, discussing anything under the sun and completely ignorant of time, cause and effect....

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Bengali Calendar: A THING OF PAST?

In the past Poila Baishak or Bengali New Year was more associated with traders who wished to begin the year on an auspicious note and definitely, with a new ledger book. However, with changing times Kolkatans have begun ...

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Before The Pigeons Fled

Baiting, bird fighting and kite flying had once been the fashionable leisure pursuits of the Babus of Calcutta who showcased their wealth shamelessly while pursuing their pastimes. Bulbul fights and pigeon races were par...

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Celestial Monologues

Few Bengalis can imagine life without a ‘panjika'. The pink book has ruled heads and hearts alike from time immemorial. Team Wheels delves deep into the Bengali psyche and its association with the 'panjika’ Almost e...

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Bengal’s Jatra: Conscience comes calling!

Picture this: Bodolpur is a village with an agrarian population of about 15,000 in the rural belly of West Bengal. A patch of land, set amid a lush green off-set, is the centre of attraction for the villagers with a gian...



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