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    Fried Chicken

    A black 1933 Humber stands forgotten in a glass case at the Uttarayan Complex in Santiniketan, its days of wandering firmly over.…
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    Flavours of Darjeeling

    Distance from Kolkata: 124 km Driving Time: 3 hours Road Trip: 1 day Scattered with hidden anecdotes of a majestic past, Ballal…
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    Shake it up this summer

    Summer is finally upon us and the sweltering heat can prove to be quite a buzzkill. But luckily for us, the ever-evolving…

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    Crushing on Waffles

    Distance from Kolkata: 835 km Driving time: 20 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days On the last day of our drive tour to…
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    The Jews of Kolkata

    Driving in sand is quite risky. Your car tyres might get stuck in sand at any moment. If you encounter any sandy…
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    Kolkata: The Armenian Capital of India

    Before entering the water logged stretch
    • Never try to drive through a flooded area unless you can gauge the depth of…
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    Anglo-Indians: Lending An Urbane Touch

    There are several rules of etiquette which every car user should be aware of, however, whether they would follow them or not,…
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    The Chinese way of Life

    Fuel prices are soaring everyday. Imagine, a litre of petrol can buy two litres of milk. Driving, without keeping a check on…
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    Kabuliwalas of Kolkata

    There’s an eternal love affair between the people of Kolkata and Biryani. Each day sees a new Biryani joint pop up in…
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    Parsees: Keystone of our cultural fabric

    Winters are perfect for long drives. No wonder Wheelers look forward to Drive Tours when the mellowed wintry sun makes driving a…
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    A silent fabric of Kolkata

    The extended holiday week – courtesy Saraswati Puja, Netaji Birthday and Republic Day breaks was set-up perfectly for the WHEELERS to go…
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    5 Must-visit Burger Hot Spots

    In a bid to educate the WHEELERS on advanced driving techniques and to promote driving safety, ‘Kolkata on WHEELS’ organised a one-day…
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    Mediterranean Cuisine: wins over Kolkata

    Sunday, 17th July saw the WHEELERS assemble at The Fern Residency Hotel in Rajarhat for a daylong session for what was presumably…
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    Dada Boudir Biryani

    Driving on highway is enjoyable but can be dangerous if you do not know the rules or fail to take precautions. Since…
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    Melodies of the Past

    The fifties and the sixties were truly the golden era of music in Bengal. Television was still some years away and musical…
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    Manna Dey City’s balladeer

    In the past few decades Kolkata has changed beyond recognition. New glitzy coffee shops have sprung up in shopping malls and among…
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    Re-making Music

    Purists often frown at the ongoing trend of “remake” and “remix” of original popular songs but its exponents are even tinkering with…
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    Tagore & Swamiji - A Bond Hitherto Unknown

    The Dutta-household at Simla and Tagore's ancestral residence at Jorasanko were within a short distance but the two illustrious personalities – Rabindranath…
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    Tagore & the test of time

    On 13 March Rabindranath wrote: "Aji hote satabarsha pore ke tumi poricho boshi mor kabitakhani koutuhal bhore (A hundred years hence, who…
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    Swami Vivekananda's Ties with Kolkata

    Swami Vivekananda, another prodigious son of Kolkata spent his whole childhood and youth in the lanes and bylanes of this city which…
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    Authentic Chinese

    Team WHEELS undertook a mission to discover restaurants serving authentic Chinese dishes in the city. We asked around, particularly those of Chinese…
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    Dine on Roof-Top

    Winter has finally arrived. The nip is in the air. The strains of Jingle Bells can be heard. Undoubtedly, Kolkata is in…
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    Breakfast at Kolkata’s Chinaland

    Kolkatans swear by Chinese cuisine and I am no exception to this rule nurturing a fetish for authentic Chinese delicacies since my…
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  • | culture | 

    Cinema: When silence was golden

    It was July 7, 1896. The people of Bombay woke up to a classified advertisement in the Times of India. Lumière Brothers…
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    Durga Puja in ‘Babu’ Calcuta

    Durga Puja owes its popularity in and around Calcutta to the coming of the British and the advent of Babu Culture in…
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    A rocking Adda

    Noted British philosopher Bertrand Russell had once described social gossip as comprising “two or three people, usually like minded, discussing anything under…
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    REVELRY – The Babu Way

    estivities including Durga Puja in the houses of businessmen or neo rich traders in the city in the 18th and 19 century…
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    First Widow Remarriage

    It was December 7, 1856. The Sepoy Mutiny was still some months away. But another revolution was brewing in the neighbourhoods of…
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    Not A Petty Affair

    Pets continue to fascinate Kolkatans. Every year dog shows are held at Salt Lake Stadium, Deshbandhu Park and Maidan’s Kennel Club where…
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    Before The Pigeons Fled

    Baiting, bird fighting and kite flying had once been the fashionable leisure pursuits of the Babus of Calcutta who showcased their wealth…
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    Festival of Colours in Colonial Calcutta

    Holi or Dol is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun, going by the Bengali calendar. It assumed…
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    A Season for Music

    Kolkata's winter cultural calendar is incomplete without nightlong Classical music conferences. The city does boast of a rich heritage as Calcutta was…
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    Body Building: a thing of past?

    In one of the most remarkable scenes from Jai Baba Felunath by iconic director, Satyajit Ray, a body builder displayed his muscles…
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    Rodda Case - a Daring Robbery

    Every day hundreds and thousands of people thronging Ganesh Chandra Avenue come across four half bust statues installed opposite Hind Cinema. But…
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    Poila Baisakh

    Poila Baisakh is primarily a festivity once associated with the business class among the Bengalis. It was the benias of the foreign…
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    Bengali food that cuts across borders

    Till the 1990s, Bengali food – cooked just like home – was sold by restaurants that were all located in north Kolkata.…
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    Mocambo: Where nostalgia meets excellence

    The Nordmanns – Derek and Angelina – visit Kolkata every autumn and stay at the best hotels in the city, but when…
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    Kitchens of Bengal the art of Zemindari Cuisine

    It is often said while others eat to live, Bengalis live to eat. The heart and soul of Bengali cuisine are of…
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    Best 5 Biryanis of Kolkata

    Team WHEELS traversed through the length and breadth of the city to rate the best biryanis of Kolkata. The challenging task though…
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    Anglo-Indian fare: Colonial Cousins

    The Anglo-Indian community is an integral part of Calcutta's cultural heritage. This community is two hundred years old with origins dating back…
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    Crossing the line

    Leila and Bano have been on the dance floor for the last couple of hours, dressed in ghagra choli and salwar kameez…
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    Flying High with Kites

    It is interesting to note that even early colonial officers recorded about kite flying as a common amusement in their gazette books…
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    Bengal’s Jatra: Conscience comes calling!

    Picture this: Bodolpur is a village with an agrarian population of about 15,000 in the rural belly of West Bengal. A patch…
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    Bengali Calendar: A THING OF PAST?

    In the past Poila Baishak or Bengali New Year was more associated with traders who wished to begin the year on an…
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    Celestial Monologues

    Few Bengalis can imagine life without a ‘panjika'. The pink book has ruled heads and hearts alike from time immemorial. Team Wheels…
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