Oh! Calcutta is not dying. It is a City of Joy
At the fag end of April 2008 I visited Calcutta on my way to Silchar and took some photos of the magnificent Victoria Memorial Hall. This is at the end of the beautiful and vast Calcutta Maidan which is known as the Lung of Calcutta. People stroll at the Maidan to get the fresh air. Victoria memorial was built by the British thinking that they can build a better monument than Taj Mahal.
It is a fine monument made of white Marble with vast greenery and ponds around where young lovers feel they can have a cosy leisurely time on the bank of the ponds or under the shade of trees.
Another shot of Victoria
Nearby there is another Beautiful spot: The Promenade between the Banks of River Hooghly and the Famous Fort William. In the Evening People frequent this place to observe the Glorious sunset and get the cool breeze from Hooghly.
Sunset at Hooghly
Hints on History of Calcutta
• 1690 August, Job Charnok, an agent of East India Company settles in the village of Sutanutee.
• 1698 East India Co. bought three villages (Sutanuti, Kolkata, and Gobindapur) from local landlord Sabarna Chowdhury.
• 1772 Calcutta became the capital of British India when the first Governor General, Warren Hastings, transferred all important offices to the city from Mushimabad.
• 1828 Sahid Minar (Octorloney Monument) was built.
• 1873 First Tram car (horse drawn) in the city was launched.
• 1911 British moved the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi
• 1921 King Edward VIII inaugurated the Victoria Memorial building.
The Eden Garden (not Garden of Eden) is nearby. In the past when I was working in Calcutta, there were innumerable Statues of British Kings and Viceroys and British officers seen all around. They are now taken off and put in some godowns as remnants of History.
There were too much traffic problems. Now there is the Underground Metro which is a great boon. Instead of one Howrah Bridge there are two now with many flyovers. Truly Calcutta is not dying. It is really a city of Joy!