In 1884, after Khidderpore was selected as the site for the wet docks of the Port of Calcutta, the neighbourhood developed significantly, most of it falling under the control of the Calcutta Port Trust. There are two theories on how the neighbourhood got its name.
Parasite is the first South Korean movie to ever win an Oscar. The dark satirical comedy highlights class and socio-economic disparities prevalent everywhere in the world within the framework of a distinctly Korean setting.
The road had not been named after Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy at all, but rather his uncle Hassan Shaheed Suhrawardy, who was among his many abilities, a Bengali diplomat, scholar and art-critic, but certainly not the ‘Butcher of Bengal’.
The central business district of Kolkata is a collection of several smaller neighbourhoods with unique characteristics and histories of their own. One of them is the relatively less-known, tree-lined Victoria Terrace.
This year, Chinese New Year started on January 25. The festival typically ends after 15 days of celebrations. It marks the start of the Lunar New Year and follows the lunar calendar, and hence, falls on a different date every year.
In many ways, Auschwitz has become the center of Holocaust history and research and serves as a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. On January 27 this year, survivors of the Holocaust and international heads of state will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
One of the earliest corruptions of the neighbourhood’s names include ‘Subahbazar’, that according to historian P. Thankappan Nair, is derived from the term ‘bazaar of the Subah’ or ‘bazaar of the governor’, long before the Sovabazar Rajbari family came to be associated with the area.
Odds and Oven: In a city where there is a slice of history in every street, it is easy to miss the bakery’s unassuming exteriors, and then dismiss the modest establishment, lit up by fluorescent tube lights.
Although it is not known when Strand Road was completed, its development not only served to demarcate the city’s western boundary, but it also helped in the development of the strategically important Port of Calcutta that required cleared waterways and embankments.
It is not entirely clear when Sealdah got its name, but historian P. Thankkapan Nair who has written extensively on the city’s history, says the origins of the name can possibly be traced to when the city was a collection of elevated islands with mostly marshy land and perhaps not extensively inhabited by people.
South Korea’s National Security Act is a law that penalises praise of North Korea or support of Kim Jong Un’s regime. A few weeks before and after the bar opened, local news reports and social media in South Korea were abuzz, debating whether the bar violated this national law.
Following up on The New York Times article on the imposters who called themselves the descendants of Wajid Ali Shah, we trace the last prince of Awadh and the story of a family that settled in Kolkata after decades on the move.
Armenian Americans have lobbied for years and pushed for the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide but the US had been reluctant to make an official stance on the issue to prevent angering Turkey, a strategic NATO ally.
Tiretta Bazaar first finds mention in Upjohn’s map of Calcutta in 1790, and other historical records show that the bazaar possibly got its name after Edward Tiretta, an Italian living in Calcutta who owned the bazaar and several plots of land in the city
In Kolkata's Bow Barracks, where the Anglo-Indian community has predominantly lived since the First World War, the move to remove provisions for the nomination of Anglo-Indians to Lok Sabha and certain state Assemblies comes as no surprise.
Long before the lane acquired its present name, it was called Ford Street and then Speke Street. Sudder Street is known for its touts, and even shadier elements, who work in tandem to lure foreigner backpackers seeking out the neighbourhood’s cheap hotels.