Should the 200-year old India’s oldest museum be made a scintillating place of exhibition for its formidable collections of rare artifacts? Or, should it continue as a dust-covered lackluster place for teaching elementary botany, zoology, and geology to the students of schools and colleges?
It might seem a nightmare, but in reality all you need to know is how the system works when you apply for passports at the Passport Seva Kendras in various cities in India
If you thought that the good old bangali adda would only be complete in a roadside tea stall, think again. You can’t possibly walk past Wise Owl and not feel the urge to be a part of its ambient bonhomie
When a fire destroys homes of some 450 people, only in Calcutta do people’s leaders stop fire tenders from reaching the site. When an ambulance is desperate to reach a hospital with a dying man in it, only in Calcutta, political activists stop it and think nothing of letting the sick man suffer or even die.
It’s now that commerce peaks. It’s now that thousands of artisans, craftspeople, small merchants, and the like expect to make some money trading their wares, their skill, and above all their hard labor they had put up for this once-a-year grand festival.
Imagine what the city’s top news item today would be. No prize for guessing right though because the brouhaha over vehicle pollution has been all over us for quite some time. What makes the occasion memorable is that this is the first time in the state in a long, long time that the rule of […]
Since when the double-decker buses plied in the city? The Statesman informs us that the British brought them to Kolkata way back in 1926. 83 years have passed since. Many Kolkattans will have nostalgic memories about riding in these buses. And now the double-deckers can be seen on city roads for 2 more days in […]
A decade or 2 from today, Kolkata may become a city where commuters may depend less on errant road transport system like one now finds. Metro may have started in Kolkata in 1984, but its route never extended beyond Dum Dum in the north, and Tollygunge to the south. This is about to change when […]
Compliance with orderly living is a rarity in today’s Bengal, and the city of Kolkata is no exception. This coming Friday, 31st July, is the last day for commercial vehicles in the city to go green. This is an order from the Calcutta High Court that seeks to save millions in the city from poisonous […]
Yesterday was a ‘small’ high point in the ongoing agitation at Singur. Personalities from the world of art and culture like Aparna Sen, Saoli Mitra, and others paid a visit to the site and spoke to various people. Late in the night there was a talk on the TV channel, Star Ananda, where Aparna and […]