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 very much felt across the city.Continue reading “Chinese New Year in Kolkata”
“Hello, Didi is that you? Can you hear me clearly? Am I audible? Is it snowing out there? Did you make a snowman?” I had more questions before my elder sister could ever open her mouth. This was in the year 1998 and my sister was studying in Switzerland. Those were the days of ISD telephone calls which were very expensive and top of it all was pretty complicated with delayed voice and often disconnections. She would, later on, tell me stories about Zurich, Bern, Bossey etc.
I was fascinated about Switzerland and forever dreamed of feeling the soft snow kissing my face as they fall from the heavens above on a cold wintery night with a snowman winking at me.
Growing up in Bangalore (Bengaluru) in the late 80’s had its own charm one of them being seeing vehicles with number plates starting with “M” instead of “KA”. I used to wonder why until one day my father told me that once Karnataka was part of the Mysore kingdom and much later after independence did Karnataka as a state emerges with Bangalore as its new capital.
Mysore (Mysuru) and Bangalore is like a twin city for many and there are few people that I know have shifted base from Bangalore to Mysore just to get out of the chaotic life. Mysore is also a place where you could easily go for a weekend break as it’s very well connected by bus and train services.Continue reading “Places to Visit in Mysore”
Well, I am lucky yet unlucky to have our president of the country share the same surname as mine. When I travel abroad some even ask me if we are related after hearing my name. To make things official “no” we are not related, in that logic even Hemanta Mukherjee would have been in my relation.
Now you might ask why our presidents name get mentioned in the very first paragraph of my blog, well to come to the point this blog would not have happened if his excellency Sri. Pranab Mukherjee would not have landed in Kolkata and happen to take the same route that I was supposed to take en route to meet a friend in Golpark near Gariahat, Kolkata.
I became a fan of Tipu Sultan just after watching the famous “Sword of Tipu Sultan” on Doordarshan during the early 90’s. Ironically at that time our family used to stay in Bangalore (Bengaluru) and we had visited Mysore (Mysuru) many times but never Srirangapatna.
Somehow this year I managed a plan to a two day trip to Mysore and I had made my mind that I would definitely visit Srirangapatna. The train was horribly late and by the time we reached Mysore it was nearly mid-day. After a quick lunch, we set off to Srirangapatna on a hired car. The weather was fine with occasional drizzle making the drive very pleasant. Srirangapatna is like a twin town of Mysore and takes just forty-five minutes. The time was short and I wanted to complete seeing all the places of interest in Srirangapatna.Continue reading “Best Places to Visit in Srirangapatna”
Major-General Robert Clive a name synonymous with East India Company and the British India had a very different job with the company at the beginning and had nothing to do with battlefield or the conquest over the Mughals. Being from Kolkata I was well aware of Robert Clive and his role in the city for defeating Siraj Ud Daulah and recapturing Fort William(old) but it did not strike me that much before his accomplishment in my city he had done something dramatic in the city of Arcot.Continue reading “Delhi Gate Arcot – The Beginning of Robert Clive”