1686 was a turbulent year for the English East India Company (henceforth EIC) in Bengal. The Governor of the Company’s … More
This is part of a series of short pieces from our London correspondent Sarbajit Mitra. While pursuing a PhD at … More
Remember, remember! The fifth of November, The Gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder treason … More
Within the premises of the Panihati Balika Vidyalaya, tucked to one side, is the tomb of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, a … More
He is dead of having desired to live too fast. The burial lasted the whole day: The Queen and the Cabinet had sent carriages. All the high class in its entirety was there, and to each participant were donated veils of black silk which they retained.
Prologue The beginnings of Jagadhatri Puja in the former French colony of Chandannagar are mired in controversy. Some believe that … More
Neither the built remains, nor the stories remain unchanged – and the contemporary world is not as removed from its ancient or colonial past as we are wont to believe.
waterlogging continues to affect in the older quarters in the north, central and south Kolkata. I wanted to explore the root of this by traveling back in time and tracing the history of drainage in the Second City of the (British) Empire.
India has a long history of commercial and cultural contacts with mainland China. Chinese communities had, therefore (mostly temporarily) settled … More
Arriving in Kolkata after a few days of introduction to India in Chennai, you expect some noise and traffic, and … More
I was Born in South Calcutta and did my schooling and college from Park Circus and Park Street and that … More
Introduction The Last Supper painted by German neoclassical painter Johan Zoffany (1733-1810) remains one of the most famous colonial era … More