Friday, 21 December 2012

Kolkata's (Calcutta's) Paramount Sorbet Bar - Best In The Town - Next To None

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.

Paramount, Sharbat, paradise, Dub, daaber sarbat, daab, green mango, College Street, College square, Kolkata

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Kolkata's Chinese Breakfast

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.

Chinese Breakast, Kolkata, Calcutta, Tiretta bazar, Tiretti bazar, Tangra, China Town, sausages, Tai pao, Momos, Pork, Feng shui

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Kalika Mukhorochok Telebhaja - Kolkata's Best Snacks!!

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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".

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Buy kolkata (Calcutta) local train tickets faster without standing in long ques

Many a time we are in a hurry and don't have time to stand in a long que to buy railway tickets. At that time even if we have to shell out some extra money to get the ticket faster, we are ready to do so. Especially in busy station like Sealdah, where at any given time at least 100 people are standing in a que, if we get the ticket without standing in such a que then we feel really lucky. I think after reading this post many people will start feeling lucky and will save a lot of their precious time.

The Indian Railways has started Jansadharan Ticket Booking Sevaks (JTBS) in all its Zones. Many passengers don't know about these counters. The JTBS is an Indian railways approved all station ticket counter. You can buy local train tickets from these counters without standing in long ques... in return you have to pay a commission of Re. 1/- per ticket.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Kolkata Sub-urban local Train routes and Time-table

Life in Kolkata's (Calcutta's) suburbs is very much dependent on railways, In other words, Kolkata Suburbs is connect to Kolkata (Calcutta) mainly by these Local Trains. Similar to Mumbai local trains which are called "Lifeline of Mumbai", Kolkata (Calcutta) Local trains are heavily used/availed. People have their own group of "Train Friends". People play Cards, Discuss Cricket and football and even indulge in grave discussions on current affairs and also comment on "Anandabazaar ki bollo (what did Ananda Bazar Patrika say about a particular news)".
There is a particular name given to people who travel daily by these trains - "Daily Passenger" and traveling daily is known as "Daily Passengery", though the word "Passengery" is no where in the English dictionary :) .Few years back even I was a daily passenger. We used to remember the train timings by heart coz if you miss one train then you have to wait at least 20 minutes for the next train to come.

Friday, 9 November 2012

New Taxi Fares in Kolkata (Calcutta) effective from 1st November 2012

UPDATE : Now passengers have to pay whatever is displayed on the meter... No extra Addition or Multiplication ... :)

From 1st November 2012 Government of West Bengal has increased taxi and bus fares in Kolkata (Calcutta), as a result people (Passengers in general) are quite confused as the taxi drivers are charging whatever they wish coz the meters are the same only the way to calculate the fare has changed. So just to clear this "air of confusion" I am putting up this post.

Monday, 29 October 2012

New Pre-Paid Taxi Rate (Fare) Chart From Howrah Junction in Kolkata (Calcutta)

Howrah Junction is one of the busiest Railway stations of Kolkata (Calcutta), or rather Eastern India. To reduce the Rush of the passengers, a "New Terminus" has been created in Howrah Junction. All the Trains of Eastern Railway arrive in and depart from the Old Terminus. And all the Trains of South-Eastern Railway arrive in and depart from the New Terminus. Both these Terminuses have their own respective "Pre-Paid Taxi Booths", though the Rate Chart is same for both these booths. These Pre-Paid Taxi Booths are run by Hoogly Nadi Jalpath Paribahan samity Ltd. Earlier These rates were written only in Bengali, then they put up the rate chart in English, though the size of that board was too small as seen in the image below.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kolkata (Calcutta) Durga puja Map

Kolkata (Calcutta) Durga puja Map
For the past two three days I am visiting many durga puja pandals. I have seen many people carrying the Kolkata Durga puja map distributed by Kolkata police. The main disadvantage of the Kolkata Police puja map is that these maps are mainly for traffic advisory and not detailed as compared to the Google Maps. Their main aim is to show the traffic movements and blocked roads. Also, not all the popular pujas are mentioned in that map. I saw people struggling with the directions... the on-duty police and the volunteers who are managing the traffic on roads are not local people so they don't know which pandal is where... so this adds to the confusion. Nowadays many people carry high-end smart phones & tabs with them... a thought struck my mind that if there is a map that is created using Google maps and is accessible from these devices then that will be very useful. I have created such a map and I hope it will be helpful to people as it will show the exact location of the popular Durga puja pandals and also the nearby pandals. You can plan your Pandal-Hopping itinerary and enjoy the pujas.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Online Bengali Newspapers - ePapers

In Delhi/Mumbai we get some leading Bengali news papers on the next day... This is because the papers have to travel this distance by Air. No one likes to read old news even if it is in Bangla. Thanks to Internet that has made it possible to read Bengali news papers online as soon as they are published.

These Bengali news papers are in a way helpful to keep the Bengali alive in us. As we know Kolkata (Calcutta) is often referred to as the Cultural Capital of India, and many of these Newspapers Publish Bengali short stories, Poems, Articles etc. that nurture the Grey Matter in us.

Some Newspapers have just portals... and some have epapers... so in this post I will first mention links to ePapers and then the links of 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:-

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

About This Blog

People who stay out of Bengal (whether in India or abroad) are known as "Prabasi Bangali" or immigrant Bengalis. Even I am myself a prabasi bengali. So I very well understand what are the things that we really miss about Kolkata (Calcutta) and Bengal. This Blog is an endeavor to bring Kolkata  (Calcutta) and Bengal near you through your laptop, desktop, tab etc.

Whenever we visit Kolkata (Calcutta), the City of Joy, we have great expectations from the city... but since we don't get much time in hand so we require some vital information that makes our stay in the city pleasant. In this Blog I will try to provide these informations. Also I wish to share Info that can help us keep the Bangaliaana alive in our lives.

Feel free to send your feedbacks / suggestions to me @

Friday, 12 October 2012

Kolkata (Calcutta) Pin Codes (Zip Codes), Names and Location of Post Offices on Kolkata Map

Kolkata (Calcutta) is growing day by day. Today around 156 postal areas come under it. Few years back Barrackpore used to come under the district "24 Parganas (North)" of West Bengal, but now Barrackpore is a part of Greater Kolkata Area and has a Kolkata pincode of 700122. Nowadays it becomes very difficult to remember all the pin codes or postal areas. Whenever we search for a place we generally search using pin codes (Zip codes). We may know the name of the place but sometimes we are unable to locate it on map. So here I have shown all the different areas of Kolkata (Calcutta) that come under these pincodes in Google map.

Kolkata (Calcutta) Bus Tram Routes

Here are some links to a website that has detailed information of Kolkata (Calcutta) Bus Routes. Click on these links to see the details.

For round the clock information on Government run Trams and Buses, please contact The Calcutta Tramways Company's Control Room on (033) 8697733391 /8697733392 / 8697733393

CTC Address:-

The Calcutta Tramways Company (1978) Limited
12, R.N Mukherjee ROAD, CALCUTTA-700 001

Best Authentic Sweets in Kolkata (Calcutta) with the names of Shops where you get the best

The sweets of Bengal are world famous... especially the Rossogolla. Whoever comes to Kolkata definitely keeps "Bengali Sweets" in his/her to do list.

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It is very hard to make a list of sweets shops of Kolkata (Calcutta) with rankings of any kind, because everyone makes something at it's best. Still I'll try to make a list of shops where we get best authentic Bengali sweets. These are mainly traditional Bengali sweet shops.