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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Streetwise Kolkata


Streetwise Kolkata: Chandni Chowk's name could have come from the canopies of its shops

September 19, 2021 3:21 pm

Historical records of the city show that Chandni Chowk is among the oldest bazaars of the city, integral to its busy business district.

Streetwise Kolkata - Dalhousie Square: Once the British seat of power now a flashback of colonial rule

September 12, 2021 5:07 pm

The impact of the city’s struggle to preserve its unique architecture is perhaps nowhere as visible as it is in this neighbourhood.

Streetwise Kolkata - Ezra Street: A reminder of the city’s rich Jewish past, and much more

July 31, 2021 1:36 pm

Documentary evidence suggests that sometime in the 19th century it was named after one of its most storied residents, David Joseph Ezra, a prominent member of the city’s Baghdadi Jewish community.

Streetwise Kolkata - Armenian Street: Named after a community that preceded the British by centuries

May 21, 2021 10:02 pm

Even before the British East India Company joined other European settlers in the Bengal Subah in 1612, the Armenians had already established commercial settlements in Bengal, extending as far out as Benares and Patna much before the city of Calcutta was established.

Streetwise Kolkata - Gumghar Lane: A bylane that reminds city of its first quarantine center

May 14, 2021 3:45 pm

The building that gives this lane its name was different from other medical institutions in colonial Bengal. This structure may have only been used for isolating patients who may have been afflicted from contagious diseases.

Streetwise Kolkata- Hatibagan: Where Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah’s war elephants and single screen cinemas once dominated

April 30, 2021 4:24 pm

The origins of Hatibagan’s name can be traced to 1756 when Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah captured Calcutta from the East India Company and kept his war elephants in open ground here.

Streetwise Kolkata- Chitpur: Home of the well-heeled, likely named after a temple

April 23, 2021 10:28 pm

Colonial records indicate that the road was one of the most important pilgrimage routes in ancient Bengal because of the location of the Chitteshwari temple in this neighbourhood.

Streetwise Kolkata: Named after one iconic educational institution, College Street now represents them all

April 16, 2021 6:24 pm

The street gets its name from the weight and might of the academic institutions that were first established here some two centuries ago. Specifically, Hindu College, established in 1817, now called Presidency University.

Streetwise Kolkata: Budhu Ostagar Lane, in memory of an unknown tailor

April 02, 2021 3:42 pm

The West Bengal Commission for Backward Classes lists the Ostagars as a ‘backward class’ in the state and mentions that the community’s traditional occupation has been “tailoring in its different forms and standards”.

Streetwise Kolkata: Beyond food and city’s largest mosque, Zakaria Street is a story of Muslims and Marwaris

March 30, 2021 7:17 pm

In the 1890s, Hadji Zakaria was an important member of the Kutchi Memon community in Calcutta that was centered around the Chitpur neighbourhood in the north of the city.