Tag Archives: Calcutta

Today is not Calcutta’s birthday, thank you.

According to the High Court and a panel of eminent historians in 2003, this is not the day that Calcutta was founded by Job Charnock, that sullen Lancastrian who was disliked by his peers but so appreciated as an honest … Continue reading

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Calcutta and its changing face

Calcutta’s street and suburb names still hold traces of its past when people practicing a specific trade stayed with others doing the same. Thus you would go to Kumortuli for the kumor or potters, Colootolla for the coloo or oil … Continue reading

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Bidhan Chandra Roy – Physician, surgeon, visionary.

There are many things that were remarkable about Bidhan Roy, July 1, 1882 – July 1, 1962. 1) A mathematics graduate who went on to study Medicine. 2) His medical studies were largely self funded. 3) His desire to do … Continue reading

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The Sale of a House

My father, my mother and I – the family that lived in the houses that I lived in, in Africa and in India, at least till 1975 or 1976, when my cousin came to live with us. We fitted together, … Continue reading

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The window to the west

I just spoke to my mother. Facebook has brought joy to my life by allowing me to talk to her, in real time while seeing her and my father sitting in our front room in the Calcutta house. As she … Continue reading

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