If you happen to be in Barrackpore and wish to have "Heenger Kochuri" and "Chholar Daal" then don't think twice... head straight to Joluaa'r Dokan (Joluaa's Shop) opposite Barrackpore railway station. The actual name of this place is Satyanarayan Mishtanna Bhandar but it is popularly known as Jolua'r Dokan... Jolua being the nick name of its founder.
Monday, 26 October 2015
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Raja Nabakrishna Deb (1733-1797) was considered to be "Calcutta's (now Kolkata) premier zamindar" during his time and his palace in Shobhabazar was thought of as the foremost in the list of North Calcutta's great houses.
Originally built by Shobharam Ghosh in the early eighteenth century, Nabakrishna, came to own the property (at 33A Raja Nabakrishna Street) in 1757.
|Raja Nabakrishna Deb|
Sunday, 6 October 2013
|Khelat Bhawan's Thakur Dalan (Image courtesy Khelatbhawan.org)|
If anyone wants to experience the sheer elegance and class of the yesteryear Bengali aristocracy then the best way is to visit the mansions of the yesteryear Zamindars and Aristocrats in Kolkata... and the best time to do so is during the Durga pujas. The traditional household Pujas of Kolkata are also known as Bonedi Barir Pujo in Bengali. These traditional houses have actually preserved the culture and tradition. During Durga pujas these Bonedi (aristocratic) houses allow tourists to take part in the puja celebrations and see the Thakur Dalan (Ceremonial Platform) of these mansions & palaces.
Since Durga puja is approaching I feel this is the right time to plan the itinerary of your visit to kolkata's traditional houses. West Bengal Tourism has some good tour packages for the same (http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/web/guest/packages). So you have to book in advance or else you can also go there on your own. In next few days I will be writing about some of the Aristrocratic houses that I have visited earlier.
Here are the names and addresses of the Bonedi Baris that you can visit This Durga Puja:
Sovabazaar's Maharaja Nabkrishna Deb's Rajbari (Palace)
Address: 33R, Raja Nabakrishna Street, Near Sovabazaar Metro and Lal Mondir, Kolkata - 700005
Rajkrishna Deb's Thakurdalan
Address: 36, Raja Nabakrishna Street, Near Sovabazaar Metro and Lal Mondir, Kolkata - 700005
Khelat Ghosh’s House
Address: Khelat Bhawan, 47, Pathuriaghata Street,
(Near Chitpur Lohia Sadan & Malapara Bus Stopage), Kolkata - 700 006
Sabarna Roy Choudhury Bari
Address: Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad, Saptarshi Bhawan, 67/3 Diamond Harbour Road, Baro Bari, Barisha, Kolkata- 700008
Jorasanko's Narasingha Daw (Dawn) bari
Address: 12A, Shib Krishna Daw Lane, Vivekananda Road , Kolkata 700007
Address: 78, Neemtala Ghat Street, Kolkata
Lahabari (House of Raja Kristo Dass Laha)
Address: 2A, Bidhan Sarani, Sovabazar, Bidhan Sarani, Kolkata, 700006
Basumallick Bari of Potoldanga
Address 01: 22, Radhanath Mullick Lane, Kolkata - 700012
Address 02: 18A, Radhanath Mullick Lane, Kolkata - 700012
Mitrabari of Darjipara
19, Nilmoni Mitra Street, between Girish Park metro & Sovabazaar Metro stations.
Durga Charan Mitra's Thakurdalan
Address: 48/2, Bidon Row, Near Bidon Street Post Office, betwrrn Girish Park and Sovabazar Metro.
Address: Gouranga Paathshaala, 548A, Rabintra Sarani, Kolkata - 700003
Kolootala's Badan Chandra Roy Bari
Address: 2, Gopal Chandra Lane, Opp Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Near Central Metro Station.
Behala's Roy Bari (Amarendranath Bhavan)
Address: 4/1, Roy Bahadur A.C.Roy Road, Behala, Kolkata - 700034
Chhatu Babu Latu Babu Bari
Address: Ramdulal Nibas (Thakurbati), 67E, Beadon Road, Kolkata
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Sunday, 24 February 2013
After reading one of my earlier blog post on online Bengali newspapers (Published from Kolkata) many readers asked me to write a post on the online Bangla newspapers (epapers) published from Bangladesh. I fully agree and support their demand and think that everyone must get a chance to see and share the rich Bengali culture that is present both in India and Bangladesh. So here I am, with the ever-expanding list of Bangla Newspapers that are published in Bangladesh and are also available online.
In Bangladesh the daily newspapers are published from Dhaka, as well as from major regional cities of Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal. All daily newspapers are morning editions, there are no evening editions in Bangladesh.
Some Newspapers have just portals... and some have epapers... so in this post have mentioned links to ePapers as well as News Portals. If you feel that I have missed to mention any site then please do tell me in the comments section. Also your feedback is very much important to me so please do comment.
So here goes the list:-
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
A poorly illuminated medium sized room with a few white marble-top tables and some wobbly chairs – this is what ‘Favorite Cabin’ apparently looks like. Located at 69B Surya Sen Street, the lane off College Square, this unassuming cabin is north Kolkata’s (Calcutta's) oldest tea stall and is quenching Bengalis' thirst for Tea for over 94 years.
|Favourite Cabin - Photo Courtesy "Ei Samay" Newspaper|
Monday, 4 February 2013
Friday, 21 December 2012
Whenever I visit College Street I make it a point to visit Paramount - the one-stop shop for sherbets in Kolkata (Calcutta). Paramount is a 94 years old sherbet joint that boasts of a rich heritage that very few places in the city can match up to. It is declared as a Heritage building/shop by Kolkata (Calcutta) Municipal Corporation.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
One of the best ways to start your day's food expedition is to have a slice of China in your breakfast... and for this what can be a better place than Kolkata's (Calcutta's) very own "China Town". It is a very interesting fact that Kolkata (Calcutta) is the only city in India that has a "China Town". The Chinese have settled in Kolkata as early as the 1780s, and since then they have played a significant role in defining Kolkata's (Calcutta's) cuisine.
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
If you have come near College Street in north/central Kolkata (Calcutta) and have not tasted the deep-fried snacks (Tele Bhaja) from "Kalika" then you are really missing something that can not be expressed in words. Kalika is a shop specializing in cutlets in central Kolkata. Frankly speaking I have had the best Beguni (fried slices of Brinjal dipped in gram flour batter) of Kolkata (Calcutta) in "Kalika Mukhorochok Telebhaja".