Esplanade (Dharmatalla)

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 28-07-2009

KC Das

Address:

Jawaharlal Nehru Road and
Lenin Sarani Road Crossing,
Kolkata – 700001
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Did you know

  1. Jawaharlal Nehru Road was named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India (ofcourse, you know that)
  2. “Esplanade” stands for open area close to a river body.
  3. The area was named Esplanade even before 1784 because of it’s proximity with Ganges/Hooghly.
  4. “Dharmatala” means Holy Street.
  5. Tipu Sultan Mosque (at Jawaharlal Nehru Road) was built in 1842, by Prince Gholam Mohammad (youngest son of Tipu Sultan).
  6. Chandni market was established in 1794 and was then known as Shakespeare’s Bazar.

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Rahul gets engaged to Shikha!

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Personal Blogs, Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted on 24-07-2009

I (Rahul Bharadwaj) would like to confirm that I got engaged to my dearest friend, Shikha Kedia on 28th June, 2009. Important: Please do not treat this as a prank!

It was a dream come true for me but since then, it has become very difficult for me to announce this formally (you people know how I am) due to which day by day because of complains from my friends and family no one is enjoying the good news in the way it should be. Hence, I would request all of you to treat this as a formal apology from me and dump any sense of dissatisfaction that you might have and focus on the wedding ceremony, which is scheduled to be on 3rd of December, 2009 at FE Block Community Hall, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Click here if you plan to attend the event.
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Facebook: Ramping on Orkut’s decline

Posted by Chetan Bharadwaj | Posted in Media, Review | Posted on 21-07-2009

Orkut and Facebook

The swift growth of Facebook and loosing grounds of Orkut recently made me think what is there in the Facebook that Google is lacking to offer in Orkut? And why Orkut failed? And after a lot of search on the internet and personal judgments, I concluded: there are so many reasons out there that really made Google to see decline in this space. I think the reason why people use Facebook (at least, the reason I do) is that it’s fun. I do have access to both an Orkut and Facebook account and find myself using Facebook the majority of the time. I actually prefer Facebook when comparing Orkut versus Facebook from a usability perspective.

Facebook has become very popular in North America over the last few years whereas Orkut is extremely popular in India. Facebook has an origin at the Harvard University and was launched in February, 2004 (just a month after Orkut was launched). Orkut is run by Google and was named after Orkut Buyukkoten (Its creator).

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Michael Jackson – The King of Pop

Posted by Shikha Kedia | Posted in Media | Posted on 19-07-2009

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson (29th August, 1958 – 25th June, 2009) does not need any introduction. He was a very popular and renowned American recording artist.

The sudden and recent death of MJ had made me curious which instigated me to do a bit of search over the internet. I also glanced through his autobiography, Moon Walk by Michael Jackson (1988) which clarified a lot of my doubts about the great artist.

Michael Jackson is a very popular artist in India. If we would compare MJ with any other popular international artists like Presley, The Beatles, Westlife, Eagles, Backstreet Boys or other such popular international entertainers, most (over 90%) of Indian population knows MJ but a very lesser population (mostly restricted to youth) would be aware of various other artist. I would not go into giving you general details about MJ, but would like to share my thoughts on the various of his aspects.
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Great Eastern Hotel, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 16-07-2009

Great Easterm Hotel

Address:

Hemanta Basu Sarani,
Lal Dighi, Kolkata – 700001,
West Bengal

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Did you know?

  1. Great Eastern Hotel was founded by David Wilson in 1841 and was known as Auckland Hotel.
  2. Wilson’s Hotel, Auckland Hotel, Hall of Nations, Japani Hotel, Jewel of the East are the other names of Great Eastern Hotel itself.
  3. Mark Twain described it as the best hotel East of the Suez on his voyage along the Equator.
  4. Rudyard Kipling mentioned the hotel in “The City of  Dreadful Night”
  5. It has been host to such notables as Queen Elizabeth II & Nikita Khruschev.
  6. The hotel was privatised in November 2005 with the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  7. The hotel has been re-christened The Grand Great Eastern, Kolkata.
  8. Currently, the hotel has over 244 rooms.

So, somehow the hotel has managed to live (with a new name, The Grand Great Eastern.) The adjacent area is now converted into a commercial hub with the Head Offices of many Indian companies, even United Bank of India. Quite a number of businesses have drawn their names from the name of the hotel. At times, Great Eastern is used for a major electronic store which is on the opposite side of road. (I rate it #2, after eBay.)
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The Statesman House, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 14-07-2009

Statesman House

Address:

Chittaranjan Avenue,
Bow Bazaar,
Kolkata – 700001.
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Did you know?

  1. The Statesman has descended from The Englishman and The Friend of India, both published from Kolkata.
  2. The Statesman was founded by Robert Knight on 15th January 1875.
  3. It was then named as The Statesman and New Friend of India.
  4. This road (C.R. Avenue) was named after Chittaranjan Das (popularly known as “Deshbandhu”).

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St. Andrew’s Church, Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 13-07-2009

Cathedral Church

Address:

Biplabi Trailakya Sarani,
B B D Bagh, Kolkata – 711204,
West Bengal, India.
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Did you know:

  1. B.B.D. stands for – Benoy, Badal and Dinesh, three martyrs, who shot dead N.S. Simpson, the Inspector General of Prisons, in the balconies of Writers’ building.
  2. Dalhousie square was named after Lord Dalhousie, Governor General of India from 1847 to 1856. At different times it has been called The Green before the Fort or Tank Square.
  3. The St. John’s Church’s yard (Catheral Church) has the Mausoleum of Job Charnock (was considered the founder of Kolkata until 2007).
  4. Catheral Church is supposedly the oldest piece of masonry in Calcutta.
  5. The Dalhousie Square has been declared as one of the world’s 100 most endangered sites by the World monument watch.

More Information (by Sankhadip Basu): Binoy and Badal had shot themselves dead and Dinesh was captured alive and later hanged. The daring attack on Writers’ Building carried out by the trio had shaken up the entire British establishment in India then and had a deep impact on the British administration in Bengal. Read more.

Recent changes that have happened to the place:

  1. The tram has stopped plying on this road. They now ply on the left of where the current shot is taken from.
  2. The building that is just cut off on the right hand side is Stephen’s House which is now getting renovated (am trying to find a old snap of this building too.)
  3. The left of the place used to be a park (called Dalhousie Square) which has been now changed into BBG Bagh Bus stand.
  4. And, greenery, of course.

The top image was taken by Glenn S. Hensley in 1944 and image at the bottom was taken by Rahul Bharadwaj on 11th July, 2009. You can find this place on BBD Bagh (E) Road and Lalbazar Street crossing. The shot was taken from current BBD Bagh Bus stand.
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Old Kolkata Vs Current Kolkata

Posted by Rahul Bharadwaj | Posted in Kolkata | Posted on 12-07-2009

It was one night of July, 2009 when I was too stressed out of work and trying to do something out of schedule when I posted a status update on my facebook account which read “Rahul Bharadwaj is planning to put up some 70 years old Photos of Kolkata (along with the current). He needs atleast 5 people liking it to start…” And whoop! the next morning Chetan, my younger brother, woke me up shouting “You have lot of work to do, bro,” pointing at the response on my update. click here to read what happened next »