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Friday, 30 October 2020
There are many books on Calcutta in both English and Bengali. Some deal mostly with the history, some are about a few of the well-known families of the city, some are on the Bengali cuisine, etc.
There is now - thanks to Ananda Publishers - a book that takes the reader around in easy-paced walks to discover the city for oneself.
This book, "Paye Paye Kolkata" (or, Walks in Calcutta) guides the reader along the main routes to see the city more fully, in its history, architecture, something of its social history, the eateries, and so many things. There are sections on old maps of Calcutta, the well-known sweet-meat shops, old paintings and lithographs, and so on. The book is available at most retail outlets, or from the office of Messrs. Ananda Publishers.
Sunday, 25 October 2020
A chance search on Google showed this up. The good news is that this book, now considerably revised and enlarged, is now likely to be taken up for publication. -- Prosenjit
Monday, 26 October 2020
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Friday, 23 October 2020
The autumnal festivals of Durga Puja and Dussehra are widely celebrated in India. Durga Puja is held to mark the victory of the goddess Durga over the Mahishasura, or the buffalo demon. Durga is represented not only in highly decorated clay images, but also in stone sculptures in many temples throughout India.
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Flowers of the orchid plants have some of the most interesting shapes and colours that one can find in the plant world.
India has over 1200 orchid species growing in various parts of the country, out of which over 500 orchid species grow primarily in the Himalayan foothills at elevations of about 250 metres to about 2500 metres, and many of them in Northeastern India. Some of the best places to see orchids growing - some grow in autumn and many in spring and summer - is in in the Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal and in Sikkim, which is close by.
Some of these, especially the Aerides species, or the well-known Vanda roxburghi or the Rhynchostylis retusa are able to tolerate a good deal of heat and can grow even in the plains of central India. Many grow in Assam and in Arunachal Pradesh and other states of the Northeast.