Down Memory Lane

1911: The Fall of Calcutta?



The year, 1911 turned out to be the most remarkable for the evolving ethos and identity of the Bengalis. It was the year when bare-footed footballers of a native club, Mohun Bagan won the shield triumphantly, defeating the British Sahibs at the grounds of Calcutta. In the same year, Tagore penned his famous patriotic s....

A Fight for Honour



The early British in Calcutta indulged in the same traditions and practices prevalent at home, back in England; duels, being part of such accepted social behaviour, were witnessed quite frequently in 18th and early 19th century Calcutta. A Calcutta Reviewer reported that on the Maidan, opposite Alipur Bridge there were....

Calcutta Connection



"Eta ki 2441139
Bela Bose tumi parcho ki shunte
dus barobar wrong number periye tomake peyechi ...”
This song by celebrated director-actor-singer, Anjan Dutta have immortalised Calcutta Telephones in an era when mobile phones were yet to be discovered or gain popularity and cross connection and ....

Calcutta During Mutiny



The Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 did not actually touch Calcutta as such if one does not count the breaking out of the rebellion at Barrackpore, headquarters of the Presidency division of the Bengal army, some 16 miles away from the city. But the city did experience the alarm and apprehension that had gripped the Europeans acr....

Caterpillars I knew



Is it farcical or simply stupid to imagine that Calcutta once had a bunch of thousand horses to yank trams?
The first horse-drawn tram rolled out on a metre gauge track on February 24, 1873. Enterprising!Steam locomotives were once deployed to haul trams as a matter of consequential examination.We are th....