Oh! Calcutta (West Bengal, India)

Glimpses and different moods of the City of joy…Calcutta.

Victoria Memorial : Suggested by lord Curzon in 1901, this memorial was built in memory of queen Victoria. A huge stately, spacious, monumental and grand building surrounded by an exquisite garden. That’s what it is.

Birla Planetarium: renamed as M.P Birla Planetarium has been a teacher of Astronomy to thousands of children, young and adults for ages. It is a must see place for those interested in astronomy. Its astronomy gallery maintains a huge collection of fine paintings & celestial models of renowned astronomers.

AIR: 15th august 1947, akashvani or All India Radio set in Calcutta along with five other cities of Delhi, bombay, Madras, Lucknow and Tiruchirapalli. Every single person of the state will agree to their love for the stations Vividh Bharati and the Sunday afternoon radio dramas were the ones to die for.

Strand Road:  a major road in Calcutta running parallel to the east bank of River Hooghly. The road now has a totally swanky look with flyovers and stylish buildings around.

2nd Hooghly Bridge (Vidyasagar Setu): Designed as a suspension bridge, this awesome structure on the Hooghly river is a cable- stayed bridge. Being one of the longest in India and Asia, a joy ride on the bridge is worth remembering.

B.B.Ganguly Street:  or Bepin Behari Ganguly Street, BouBazar is an east-west road in central Calcutta. Known for its furniture and jewelry shops, the street is also home to some of Calcutta’s very well known and respected educational institutions.  

Chowringhee: those of you who have read Shankar’s novel ‘Chowringhee’ can relate to this road very well. It is the single most important road of the metropolis of Calcutta and even the first road even before the Brits arrived. It was later renamed as Jawaharlal Nehru road .

Eden gardens: Eden Gardens is where Calcutta’s heart and soul is. The grand cricket ground is the largest cricket stadium in India so far as seating capacity is concerned.

The World of Soccer: Mohun Bagan AC is almost similar to Man U or even AC Milan. This sports club of the country is best kown for its football team, based in Calcutta. It is also one of the oldest football clubs in Asia, having been established on 15 August 1889 and was later declared as the National Club of India

Gariahat: the most happening place in the entire city of Calcutta, the soul of South Calcutta and a shopper’s paradise. Currently, the place is in a big mess, courtesy the unruly traffic equivalent to nightmares and indisciplined citizens. Hope to see things improve in the future.

Howrah Bridge: Calcutta’s famous landmark connecting the city with Howrah and offering sweeping views of the river.

Nandan: Calcutta’s most modern Cinema and cultural complex