Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal and a giant of an Indian city, sprawls out over the east side of the Hoogly river. It was the capital of the British Empire in India till 1911, a time when Bengali imagination moved centre stage in the Indian subcontinent and we were enamoured by the masterful Bengali storytellers, the interplay of history, destiny and the lives of towering men and women.
Each visit uncovers yet another interesting facet of the city. On the latest, one my colleagues Anitha Pottamkulam embarked on two walks conducted by the pioneering Calcutta Walks – a walk through a quintessential Bengali neighborhood, another that captures the meld of men and ideas that gave Calcutta a special place among Indian cities.
She also visited Calcutta Bungalow, a new heritage bed and breakfast space in North Kolkata. The newsletter features an interview with the inimitable Iftekar Ahsan, the founder of Calcutta Walks and Calcutta Bungalow.
We will have further blog posts about her visits. Stay connected.