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.

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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.