So where was Thomas Fanshawe Middleton the first Bishop of Calcutta buried? This question had always intrigued me for long, as there were no official document to backup. Many books, gazettes, and repots have mentioned him being buried at the altar of St. Jonh’s Church and the marble plaque at the altar of the church clearly mentions his name. Some reports state that he was buried on 11th of July whereas some put that date as 12th of July. Ultimately who know what lies beneath.
So was he buried at Fort William and not at St. John’s Church? The answer is “yes” and “no”. To understand lets go back in time and trip down history to get to know some fascinating story from a life of a person who forever changed the course of Christianity in India and beyond.
If you talk about book and libraries in Kolkata people
always think about the National Library. It is indeed one of the biggest
libraries in the country with a collection, which cannot be measured in money.
I have myself got many information verified for my blogs through the large
collection of old newspapers that it has in stock. What many including me did
not know that the National Library that we see now was not the actual building
that housed nations books but a completely different building, which almost all
It was the Metcalfe Hall, which was the nation’s first National Library and was once considered a landmark when it came to list of books that it had in its catalogue.
Foreign tourist coming to India are mostly bound to do a
common tourist circuit called the Golden Triangle. This Golden Triangle
consists of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Apart from this, there
is another very important site, which is referred to as the Diamond Triangle
and is a very important part of India’s Buddhist heritage.
Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udayagiri are
referred to as the Diamond Triangle of Odisha and is often considered as
some of the most important Buddhist sites of the state. The name Diamond
Triangle is not due to the locations of these sites on map instead the very
root or sect of Buddhism from where these have evolved.
Vajrayana which when you translate from Sanskrit
would mean Thunderbolt Vehicle (Vajra = Thunderbolt and Yana
= Vehicle). In Sanskrit Diamond is also known as Vajramaṇi
thus Vajrayana was referred to as the Diamond Vehicle sect of Buddhism.
I was visiting Udaipur for the very first time and
accompanying me was my office colleague. He had earlier visited Udaipur along
with another colleague of ours thus he was not that much interested in going
around Udaipur. On asking him, it became clear that the reason he was reluctant
for another Udaipur City tour was that he had seen them all. I was confused when
he only named a couple of them all located around Lake Pichola. I had done some
basic homework about this place thus was sure that he was missing out quite a
few tourist spots.
Udaipur is not just Lake Pichola it has many attractions spread all over the city however, you have to agree that most of the important places are all located around Lake Pichola thus people usually stick to few common places only. In this blog I am trying to list down all the major important tourist places in Udaipur City.
For two straight days, I was trying to locate Bagore Ki Haveli in Udaipur and I just could not locate it. If I Google it then nothing was showing up and when it did it had nothing out there. I had almost given up hope trying to track Bagore Ki Haveli until the last day when we were supposed to catch our flight back to Kolkata. After having our breakfast we wanted to stroll around Lake Pichola as we had already checked out of our hotels thus had some time in our hands to kill. We just wanted to sit by the lake and enjoy the bright sun as the winter chill was freezing us.
The year was 1990 and Bangalore then was still a small sleepy town. The city had very few cinema theatres and the number of them showing English movies were even less. Most of the theatres showing English movies were located on M. G. Road and Plaza was one of them. My introduction and in future addiction to Hollywood movies started from Bangalore and one movie that played a pivotal role was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This was also the very first movie, which my father and me saw together. After this, there were several occasions when we had seen a Hollywood movie together.
My father was a fan of Steven Spielberg and over the years that same fan following was inculcated to me. I still remember some of the scenes from that movie where Harrison Ford was on a horse and last but not the least the scene on the Zeplin. I became a fan of Indiana Jones and that was something, which also made me the Indian Vagabond. My passion for exploring new and unknown places developed from the idea of Indiana Jones.