Chinese Temples and Churches of Kolkata


The Chinese have been trading with India for centuries and it was no surprise when one Chinese trader decided to set shop right near the city. With the establishment of a sugar processing plant, Tong Achew unknowingly sowed a seed for his community to call this country their home. Even though the sugar processing factory … Continue reading Chinese Temples and Churches of Kolkata

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

Janes Walk Kolkata


The day started real early, even though it was a Sunday the work at home was no less. It started with a heritage walk at around 7.30 in the morning followed by other engagements and finally it came to Jane’s Walk. By now I was really tired but I somehow convinced myself to push on … Continue reading Janes Walk Kolkata

Elder’s Day in Chinatown


My phone rings, with no name displaying I was sure that it was from a tele marketing firm, reluctantly I pick up the phone, after few seconds of initial silence I hear a voice, barely able to understand anything I ask the caller to please speak louder, after a brief pause I hear “Kya Aap … Continue reading Elder’s Day in Chinatown

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