For the people who seek to learn more about the city while unwinding themselves, here is a list of few places to engage culturally on weekends in Kolkata.
Photo documentation of the traditional bull racing event held at Canning as a part of Moichara cattle race festival in West Bengal.
The scorching heat of Summer in Kolkata forced its people to take 'power naps' at different places, and here is a photo documentation of those scenes.
The narrow lanes of Kumartuli turn muddy with the rains as the ganga-mati mixes with the dust on the streets, the squalor of the place and its small habitats spills onto the street. And in their midst, rises mighty sculptures of the goddess Shakti.
Deity in Clay: Durga Puja meant a mini-vacation from school and it also meant that I could participate in the festivities with friends and family.
Wisps of hair glued to their foreheads, clutching multihued or black grandpa-umbrellas, rolled up trousers; wading through knee-high waterlogged streets; women in drenched saris frowning, eyebrows arching in slight annoyance; muddied wet shoes and sandals; these and hundred other such vignettes frame the city of Joy, Kolkata when the goddess of monsoon arrives.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
One fine day in February, I was enthralled to see Dr. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, an award winning Indian American author. She was at the Starmark (South City Mall) in Kolkata, celebrating and sharing her success with her readers during the launch of her latest books: Shadowland and One Amazing Thing.
I was eagerly awaiting the book festival like a priestess waiting for Durga Pujo. And finally it arrived.
The Bengali Bhadralok have a fancy for many things and chief among them is fish or ‘Feesh’ It is a Bengali ritual for the man of the house to go to the market daily to buy a fresh supply of fish which must be a part of the daily menu. The queen of fish ‘Hilsa’, popularly known as ‘Ilish maachh’, in the Bengali language, is the heartbeat of Bengali cuisine and diet.