Living memoirs of an Exile

The colonial history of the City is intriguing to say the least. Hidden in her streets, lanes and bylanes are fragments from a time that is past, but the remnants still have silent stories to narrate, if the ear is willing to listen. This post is a tribute to the troubled past, where a usurped…

Calcutta Canvas

The City intrigues those who look beneath her seemingly impregnable layers of reputation imposed on her over the years. She offers a zillion frames by the minute for the perceptive eye and the open heart. City based freelance photographer Debarchan Chatterjee is one such City lover. His captures indicate that he is a relentless seeker…

Soon it will be time…(An ode to the City and her Goddess)

My cerulean Calcutta sky, with erratic outlines of imposing man-made structures, is playing out a clarion call in its loudest azure harmony that- soon it will be time… My vermillion smeared Calcutta sundown, with its fiery sundot, is blazing out a clear summons to the world that, soon it will be time… My grey ennui-stained…

C.A.L.C.U.T.T.A- where every street has a name!

When Shakespeare wrote the lines, ‘What’s in a name…?’ , he had little idea that he would be proved not very accurate by a City thousands of miles away- a City initially anointed as the Capital of the British empire in India. Yes, happily, Calcutta has its Theatre Road and its Shakespeare Sarani, and for…

Cabin food walking in the City- an appetiser

It is something that has been known for a while and a belief we at Calcutta Walks strongly stand by, that Food is one of the strongest connects you can have with any destination. Any cuisine with its varied flavours, common ingredients and distinct taste adds a unique identity to the character of a place….

Food and Faith- a special Guest Blog.

Rachel Berlowe Binder from Duke University is currently working in Calcutta as a volunteer at Future Hope from June this year. She experienced Calcutta in all her authenticity with Calcutta Walks on a tour with Explorer Ramanuj. We are happy to feature her blog on her experiences with us. You can follow the post on https://sites.duke.edu/engagekolkata/2017/06/20/food-faith/…

Heritage Trainspotting in Calcutta- some interesting facts!

Train culture in Calcutta goes a long way back- and yes, there is a deliberate usage of the word ‘culture’ right after the word ‘train’ because that is the way it is, in a megapolis like Calcutta, much like any other city which has a close connect with locomotives, tracks, engines and pantographs. So what…

A Serving of the real Siam

It is definitely the sign of the times we live in that when anyone declares that they are off on a vacation to Thailand- various images are conjured up in our minds. One quick evaluation of those images will reveal the stereotyping of a nation, (not without some reason though) and a pretty limited mind-set…

Music makers of my City.

Everyone living in this city has a similar memory I believe- a humid summer afternoon, languor hanging heavy in the air, suddenly disrupted by the unabashed loudness of a marriage procession, the band belting out the latest Bollywood chartbusters, to which men (mostly) of all shapes and sizes, gyrate as an expression of their undiluted joy…

Language across Time

  Calcutta Walks thrives upon ongoing conversations with all cultures, and seeks to enrich the experience of being human, by facilitating meaningful exchanges. Language may seem like an obtrusive barrier in this conversation but it does add immense value to a culture and people. It permeates through the poetry, prose, theatre and film of a…

Thrifty eating in the City- An eat-all-you-can date!

Two doctors and a psychologist- what does this equation add up to? Well, in any other part of the world, under any other circumstances, you would perk yourself up for an imminent punchline. But in our good ol’ Calcutta, this combination of mind and body has taken the shape of something absolutely fantastic.No, not a…