THE ART OF GIVING

  There are several ways of engaging with a City, especially when She is an entity as vintage and varied as Calcutta. On our jobs as explorers, we get our happy share of co-explorers as well as tourists. But as people who are deeply connected to the City and her wellness, we are in constant…

What’s your Story, Calcutta?

Envision two cups of coffee- with varying levels of the liquid sending off the characteristically aromatic steam from the iconic over-used white ceramic cups poised on stained saucers, which also hold dripping or semi dried spoons, stained in typical patterns. The table is old, with some patchwork done in a hurry to get on with…

Man and His City- a study in images and lyrics.

Explorers on the Calcutta Walks team have their signature style engagement with the City they love to walk in. Explorer Ifte, who began the story of Calcutta Walks has curated a team of explorers who seek the City in their own way. In the coming months, we shall be posting about our explorers and how…

Skateboarding a dream Calcutta style!

An abandoned ramshackle warehouse, a skateboard and a young heart full of dreams. You never can predict how an inspiring story begins in the City. Here is the story of the boy who made his dream breathe and thrive, and continues to nurture it with his single minded passion and enthusiasm. Perfect ingredients for a…

Wrestling with the giants

Calcutta is home to many a wonder. Hidden within her are secrets that await a wide-eyed wondrous discovery. The wrestling pit on the banks of the river at the Mullick Ghat Flower Market is one of the City’s many intriguing facets. The smell of fresh earth, accompanied by the occasional grunts of hefty stocky men,…

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…