Even though it was known as Calcutta but in 2001 the government of West Bengal changed it officially as Kolkata


Now we all know a lot of culture,literature and art belongs from here in fact few of the Nobel iconic personalities also belonged from West Bengal itself well to name a few like; Rabindra Nath Tagore,Mother Teresa,Swami Vivekanada and so on


It is a myth that because its Kolkata you would only find Bengolis but just to let you all know,one would find each and every community possible in KolkataKhiderpur ,it’s a hub where the population is mostly of MuslimsBow Barracks a small hub where you would mostly find Anglo Indians residing… China Town/Tangra where again mostly the population is of Chinese Origin


Now I’m not here to get you acquainted with the history rather I would like to show you the Kolkata where I was raised,it is absolutely different than the New N Posh  Kolkata that we see now…


To name a few oldest temples in Kolkata would be Kali Ghat,Dakshinewar,Birla Mandir,Thanthania Kalibari,Rameswara Shiva Temple Etc and trust me there are various others with each having a history of its own…


I was born in the mid of 90’s hence I really don’t remember any fancy malls…All that I remember as shopping places would be New Market which was also known as S.S Hogg market,Bk Market,Treasure Island,Fancy market,Vardan Market,Ac Market N Metro Plaza but now if you look around you will find all the fancy and upmarket Malls that have been built over the years… The very first proper Mall that was built in Kolkata was Forum Mall  in 2003 which was exactly the concept of a mall with shops,movie theatre and a food court…


Speaking about Movie Theatres we all know Inox,PVR Etc but in my childhood I remember going to Priya,Ajanta Cinemas,Menoka,Nandan Etc


Also having said that how can we forget? The Bengoli Film Industry,Tollywood which is from Kolkata . It has given us many iconic personalities be it Directors,Actor’s Or Singers


Now you name the cuisine that your tummy wants and you’ll have it all,but back in my childhood the best restaurants were Blue Fox,Peter Cat,Mocambo,Amber,Bar-B-Q,Shiraz,Arsalam,Rah-mania. There are also a fleet of Chinese restaurants to choose from in China Town/Tangra,Bijoli Grill,Aponjon,Mitra’s Cafe etc which still continue to be royalty of Kolkata as on date In fact we’ve an entire street for Momo’s,The Teretie Bazar


Now when you visit Kolkata you would find a Disc,Pub,Lounge at every nook and corner…Back in 80’s when my father was in his teens however they had only one disc to hit which was known as Pink Elephant,at The Grand Hotel.


Also you would find all fancy Coffee Shops at every step you take but the first Coffee Shop In Kolkata was Indian Coffee House At College Street.


Now speaking about Kolkata how can we forget about sweets?The famous joke Kolkata=Roshogola ,KC Das, BaghbazaarThe first shop was set up way back in *1866*, and ever since then, this historical sweet brand has been dishing out exclusive sweets for the city. We also have many other sweet shops which are equally old and famous like Balaram Mullick & Radharaman Mullick,Sen Mahasay,Ganguram & Sons,Banchharam and many  more..


The very first food mart or grocery store concept came to Kolkata in  the form of Food Bazar and ever since then we are spoilt for choices…


Now speaking of these hygienic Food mart/Stores do you’ll know that there was a time where we only survived through Bazar concept which were neither posh or hygienic but known to one and all whosoever resided in Kolkata to name a few Kali Babu Bajar,Maniktala Bajar,Jodubabu bajar,Lake Market etc where you get anything and everything be it vegetables,spices,meat,fish or daily essentials and there are still people who prefer The Bazars over an air conditioned mart…


Speaking about Kolkata how can I forget the River Ganga which is the 3rd largest river in India. Other iconic places one must hope to visit in Kolkata would be Eden Gardens,Victoria Memorial,Howrah bridge,Prinsep Ghat which is just adjacent to the river ganga,Birla Planetarium,National Library etc but over the years Kolkata has built various other attractive tourist spots as well.However I was referring to the old ones…


Also before I forget lets speak about The Durga Puja which is considered to be the most iconic event in Kolkata . People from all across the globe come to visit Kolkata this time of the year because the entire city is decked up like a newly wedded bride full of energy, positivity, warmth and love and everyone is welcome be it a Hindu or any other Nationality…There are few old Pandals which are a must watch. Some of them include the areas of Bag bazar,Dum Dum Park,Ekdalia,Mohammad Ali Park,BoshPukur,Hindustan Park,Desapriya Park N so on.


Like every other city my city also has a Red Light Area Sonagachi as per google its India’s largest red light area….


Back in my childhood I’ve seen STD Booths (Subscribers Trunk Dialing,Trams,Bus,Mini Buses,Metro, Yellow Taxis,Auto’s which were shared by 3/4 passengers over Ola,Uber and all the fancy cars these days people have… Infact back in those days people used to travel in cycles as well…


There is so much more to this city I may have missed a few to penn down but all that I can tell you is that,maybe Kolkata has taken a few more years to develop as compared to the other metropolitan cities but, if you ever visit Kolkata it will surely give you a reason to visit it again…because that’s the magic of my city where you can have a feel of Calcutta N Kolkata…. The City Of Joy,Kolkata…..

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16 thoughts on “The City Of Joy, Kolkata

  1. Sana says:

    Didnt know all this before.Interesting to know these facts…

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You 😊

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      1. Mithu Saha says:

        It’s a fantastic work.All blessings.
        Keep them coming

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      2. rakabasu says:

        Thank You 😊

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  2. Tintin says:

    If you ask someone who has lived in Kolkata or as one born there likes to call it, Calcutta – what their take is on the city, there won’t be words, but a trainload of emotions hurtling towards you at stunning speed. Calcutta is not just a place, it is indeed an emotion. It is chaotic, it is moody. It is a rich tapestry of culture, politics, and history, and it is nostalgia personified.
    Calcutta is not for everyone. You want your cities clean and green; stick to Delhi. You want your cities, rich and impersonal; go to Bombay. You want them high-tech and full of draught beer..Bangalore’s your place. But if you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta.

    Thanks Ms Basu for bringing back the emotion and bringing back my childhood…so many memories to ponder upon on a lazy weekend…kudos to your writing skills and touching the pulse of the calcuttans through this blog!! 🙏🙏

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You 😊

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  3. Pritika says:

    You bring back so many memories with each name/place….very well described places….loved it ❤

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You 😊

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  4. Sherry Ahuja says:

    Wonderful virtual tour of my birthplace

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You 😊

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  5. Anuksha says:

    So nostalgic….got back lots of memories of my childhood visits to Calcutta.
    New Market, AC market, Eden Garden, Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, yummy food- momos, rolls, misti dhoi & rusgullas at KC Das, Tram rides etc etc just to name a few.
    O Calcutta!!

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You 😊

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  6. Prashantt says:

    Great insightful post, this heritageis in my list from long for visit as I heard a lot about it. The old streets, food, culture & lot more but you covered each & every aspect of this city.
    Love reading it!

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    1. rakabasu says:

      Thank You Prashantt,if you ever get time do visit the city I’m sure you’ll like it as there’s so much more to discover 😊

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      1. Prashantt says:

        Certainly, its in wish list.😇

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