Chinese New Year in Kolkata


Calcutta in the 1800 and early 1900 was like the Shanghai and Singapore combined together. It was a major trading hub and people of the world came to this city for trade and commerce. Kolkata once had a significant Chinese population and even though it has drastically decreased over the years its presence still is … Continue reading Chinese New Year in Kolkata

Lion Dance at India Banega Manch


One of the aspects of being a blogger from India is that you will inevitably get many phone calls from readers and many of them not necessarily be knowing the subject matter with which to converse with you. I have received calls from readers who actually wanted to install an electric crematorium in their village … Continue reading Lion Dance at India Banega Manch

Opium War – Leather Boots – Calcutta’s Chinatown


Chapter 1 – Chinatown Match Box Mystery 1925, Calcutta, somewhere in China Town renowned for its leather boots and wood works the shops often hid the real business that went on beyond its façade, it’s actually opium that ruled this part of the city. Smuggled from China these opium entered the streets of Calcutta through … Continue reading Opium War – Leather Boots – Calcutta’s Chinatown