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    Nehru Children’s Museum

    In one of the most inconspicuous of settings, in the very heart of Kolkata, evading the frenzied Kolkatans, lies a fascinating museum.…
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    Gurusaday Museum

    In this, the erstwhile City of Palaces, one such edifice, truly singular, stands out not only because of its pedigree, shape, and…
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    Majerhat Bridge Alternatives

    Drunken driving is the primary reason for fatal road accidents in India. Let’s see what the law has to say. Drinking Age
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    Science Exploration Hall - Science City

    Pradeep Gooptu Advance planning establishes a city’s reputation for ease of living and a great lifestyle. A city's planners have to look…
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    BS-VI Fuel Catching up

    Before the popularity of Tangra as Kolkata’s China Town sky-rocketed, it was Tiretti Bazaar and the narrow archetypal lanes of central Kolkata…
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    Do's & Don’ts of Accident Management

    Gone are the days of dingy gates and crummy entrances. The…
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    Misti Hub - Sweet Stopover

    Pradeep Gooptu Our parking spaces are gone! This problem is making self-drive motoring in the city a nightmare. A look at New…
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    Trams Reconsidered

    Pradeep Gooptu In the 1970s, the Government of India nationalised the petroleum sector and set the ball rolling for a long and…
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    To Be Assured

    Entrepreneur and vintage car connoisseur Gulam Momen shares the tale of his 1938 Bentley 3½ Litre Tourer. How did you develop a…
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    Smaranika –The Tram Museum

    Entrepreneur and vintage car connoisseur Prahlad Agarwalla shares the tale of his 1928 Lancia Dilambda How did you acquire this 1928 Lancia…
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    A Towering Personality

    Entrepreneur and connoisseur, Rishi Kumar has always been fascinated by small cars. He owns an impressive collection of 45 small pedal cars…
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    Gateways of Kolkata

    Pradeep Gooptu There are film personalities and there are stars. People adore them, stare at them even when they are passing by…
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    Fuel Woes Taxing Legacy

    Pradeep Gooptu The entire nature of motoring changed in the city between 1941 and 1942 because the armed forces (first the British…
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    Accident Insights

    Pradeep Gooptu Robert 'Scotty' Mathewson, a wealthy British engineer of Calcutta loved swans and resided in a house called Swan Park. When…
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    Puja Getaways

    Pradeep Gooptu Around 200 years ago, the English East India Company concluded its war with Nepal (1814-16) and acquired Darjeeling. Initial visitors…
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    Eco Urban Village

    Pradeep Gooptu The manufacturing industry was the pride of Bengal and its foundation had been laid long before the country gained Independence.…
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    Kolkata’s Yellow Taxi Fading into Oblivion

    Pradeep Gooptu Once upon a time elegant bodywork made cars a thing of beauty. You can catch a glimpse of this vanished…
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    KMDA Gifts a New Park Bana Benu Chaya

    Pradeep Gooptu Rudyard Kipling described the Grand Trunk Road as "such a river of life as nowhere else exists in the world”.…
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    Kolkata Police Standing guard to city’s heritage

    Pradeep Gooptu From the very beginning, car owners were up against many challenges, including crossing rivers or waterbodies. While carts and horses…
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    Go Green with Toto

    Pradeep Gooptu Can you imagine a newspaper in New York carrying an advertisement dominated by an Indian image? Or one that refers…
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    Nazrul Tirtha

    Pradeep Gooptu The rich and powerful rode huge motor cars and roared around in style. But for every supercar on the road,…
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    Swaminarayan Temple - City’s New Attraction

    Pradeep Gooptu A city is known by the cars on its roads – if we care to tweak the popular saying to…
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    Puppet and Kantha Museum

    Calcutta happens to possess an unusually diverse selection of thoroughfares, ensuring complete and utter access to virtually every square metre of the…
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    Garden Reach Flyover

    Calcutta has always been independent in its identity and character. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world, and that includes India itself.…
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    Reviewing – Safe Drive Save Life

    Bank buildings are always built to impress – if not intimidate – we who are all too often held in their thrall.…
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    Signs of Identity Indicators of Heritage

    Back in my days as a ‘driveway mechanic’, without benefit of a nice warm shop, equipped with lifts, plenty of space, and…
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    Tribal Museum

    That’s what my friend Preeti calls it. Indeed, Howrah Bridge is the Bridge Across Forever. It’s certainly big enough. And whenever we’re…
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    Butterfly Garden

    In the absence of specific norms on traffic safety in the state of West Bengal, the campaign of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’…
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    The Soulful Lanes of Kankurgachi

    I’ve never driven in Calcutta. You know, being at the controls of a set of wheels. Never, when within these city limits,…
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    Independent-Minded

    Pradeep Gooptu The Tagore family, leaders of Bengal’s intelligentsia and high society, was one of the pioneers of new age technology, which…
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    Mastering A Mint

    A Belgian culinary delight, waffles have taken over the world with its sheer mouth-watering taste. Made from leavened dough cooked in between…
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    A Very High Standard

    Distance from Kolkata: 178 km Driving Time: 4 hours Road Trip: 2-3 days Digha – the name that brings to mind, images…
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    Junkyard Alley

    You must have recently noticed some unfamiliar numbers while driving along the National Highways in India. The numbers actually refer to route…
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    The Bridge Across Forever - Part II

    Replete with various anecdotes that has helped shape the history of Bengal; the newly opened sculpture garden at Eco Tourism Park in…
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    The Bridge Across Forever

    Distance from Kolkata: 660 km Driving Time: 15.5 hours  Road Trip: 6.7 days Tea tourism is India's answer to what is known…
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    Highway Speed Puzzles

    The 1928 belonging to the royal Family of cossimbazar, is not just a vintage car but only one of its kind in…
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    By Way of a Fast-Track Introduction

    History The nomenclature of Middleton Street, running from Chowringhee Road and ending on Camac Street, has left historians and chroniclers of Kolkata…
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    Presidency University Museum

    Harish Mukherjee Road stretches from Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Road (formerly Lower Circular Road) in the north to Hazra Road in the…
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    Floating Market at Patuli

    Distance from Kolkata: 203 km Driving time: 5 hours Road Trip: 2 days In a wonderful initiative the State Government has come…
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    National Highways Renumbered

    Distance from Kolkata: 821 km Driving time: 20 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days After exploring Cooch Behar town for two days -…
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    Light & Sound Show at Eco Park Sculpture Garden

    Distance from Kolkata: 779 km Driving time: 18 hours Road Trip: 5-6 days In a recent route survey, Team WHEELS drove to…
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    Middleton Street: Bustling with life

    If you thought 2017 was an exciting year for the automotive industry, you will be surprised at what 2018 has to offer.…
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    Elliot Road: Reminiscent of a Colonial Man

    From the early 19th century the Jews settled in the capital of British India in successive waves of migration. Kolkata, or Calcutta…
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    Harish Mukherjee Road: Remembering a Scribe

    Kolkata's connection with the Armenians dates back to days even before Job Charnock, the British trader set his foot in Calcutta and…
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    Super Seven 2018

    Driving without keeping tabs on your fuel consumption is like letting your hard earned money get siphoned off without a murmur. In…
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    EM Bypass Extended

    With the winter season taking a delayed exit this year from…
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    The Pleasure of Festal Remains

    Quite a few years ago, I was intrigued with, though I couldn’t afford, a lavish coffee-table book titled ‘Pleasure of Ruins’ by…
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    The Pleasure of Festal Remains

    In a bid to bring in uniformity in speed for each and every category of vehicle plying on city flyovers, a uniform…
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    Taking a Toll on Motorists

    India’s freedom movement gave birth to several leaders with indomitable desire to free the nation from the grasp of British rule. Born…
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    New EM Bypass – Basanti Highway Connector, Kalikapur-Anandapur-Chowbaga Road

    Be it Eden Gardens or the eternal rivalry between East Bengal and Mohun Bagan— Kolkatans never miss a chance to indulge themselves…
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    A New Wave of Performances

    Kolkata boasts of many historical buildings but the residential house of Raja Rammohun Roy at 85A Raja Rammohun Sarani in north Kolkata…
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    New Town introduces Electric buses

    There are many localities in the metropolis that can easily be styled as ‘the heart of Calcutta’, and because of each one’s…
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    Kolkata Gets a New Open Air Theatre

    Eco Tourism Park is already a huge hit among visitors and with its newest addition, a Japanese Forest, it is bound to…
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    Food Trucks: A Growing Trend

    Happy hunting grounds of vultures and other scavenging animals, strewn with pieces of bones, skulls and remnants of half-lit pyres, the description…
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    Seven Wonders of the World at Eco-Park

    At a time when convenience is the buzzword, app based cab services have become quite popular in the city. But with road…
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    Uniform Speed Limit on City Flyovers

    The dreaded traffic congestion at Posta in Burrabazar due to its narrow roads, further constricted by parking of large number of goods…
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    The Asiatic Society

    Kolkata has enjoyed its share of brilliance in art. Right from Abanindranath Tagore to Bikash Bhattacharjee and Jogen Chowdhury, there has been…
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    Visiting the Calcutta Gallery at Victoria Memorial

    Though once regarded as a lesser art, tattoo has increasingly come to be associated with the expression of one's identity. And Kolkata…
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    Netaji Bhawan: Abode of the biggest hero of India’s freedom struggle

    Christmas is more than elaborate meals, store-bought plum cakes, and exchange of expensive gifts or formal parties. The true spirit of Christmas…
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    Sports Museum at Newtown

    As the second city of the British Empire, Kolkata, then Calcutta, had earned the sobriquet “City of Palaces” before partition happened and…
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    Raja Rammohun Roy Memorial Museum

    Recycling is the buzzword for an environmentally conscious world and nobody knows it better than us. The concept of use and throw…
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    Chambers Of Intrigue

    Durga Puja reminds us of many things - the sweet fragrance of shiuli, the vast stretches of kashphool gently swaying in the…
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    A Slice of Japan In Eco Park

    The East Kolkata Wetlands, considered to be the 'kidneys' of the city has been home to a number of bheris or fish…
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    Kolkata Crematoriums Get a Makeover

    How many times you have been stuck in a traffic jam while approaching Howrah Bridge? Or almost missed your train because of…
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    Kolkata Gets Bike Taxi Service

    Inadequate or complete absence of restrooms on national highways have been long pending complaint for travellers on roads in our country. Even…
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    Congestion-free

    Theatre is a mirror through which art reflects life and like everything else, theatre in Kolkata, too, has undergone stages of metamorphosis…
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    Art But on a Different Canvas

    When Kakali, who has made London her home for the past two decades, decided to get some nolen gur while returning from…
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    Get Inked

    Museums usually remind you of archaic, dusty places, often dimly lit, leaving you cold with a sense of disconnect with the past.…
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    Christmas Spirit at Bow Barracks

    Be it Rabindranath Tagore's financial records or the account opening letter of theosophist Annie Besant, visitors are sure to get overwhelmed by…
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    Beautifying Kolkata

    Once upon a time, they owned the three prosperous villages- Kalikata, Sutanuti, Gobindapur which grew into the city of Calcutta. Centuries later,…
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    Pandals on Sale

    Bengal’s rich archaeological heritage dates back to the pre-historic times. Starting from the Black and Red Ware settlements that spread from West…
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    Durga Puja: A Corporate Battleground

    Every Indian has perhaps at least one indelible childhood memory of an incredible train journey. Despite the age of plane hopping, trains…
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    Visit the Bheris of Kolkata

    WHEELS Carnival Kolkata has hardly celebrated its driving fraternity like other…
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    Ferry Services in Kolkata and Howrah

    Home to one of the largest automobile markets in the world, India represents an enormous opportunity for electric vehicle (EV). Depleting oil…
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    Buses With Bio–toilets

    Because of my unofficial standing as a fan of so many things Calcuttan, so that I have to take them at my…
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    Changing Times for Theatre

    Distance from Kolkata: 172 km Driving Time: 5 hours Road Trip: 2 days Once a marginalised nondescript village, Gorbhanga in Nadia, has…
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    Bishwa Baangla Haat

    ArtsAcre at New Town with its 1,65,000 square feet campus is more than a museum. It seamlessly houses galleries, lobbies, studios, caféteria,…
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    Vivekananda Museum

    Proverbially known as the “land of rivers”, Bengal once nurtured a flourishing maritime community. The heritage of Bengal is indebted to its…
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    A nation's banking history

    An extended weekend, since the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose turned out to be a Monday this year and a holiday…
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    Sabarna Sangrahashala: A house of treasure

    1943: The participation of Japan in the Second World War and its advancement into South East Asia had created an atmosphere of…
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    State Archaeological Museum: Preserving the past

    The famous author David William Martin once remarked, “Nostalgic Londoners like to regard Piccadilly as the centre of the universe”. We Kolkatans…
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    Howrah Rail Museum: Chugging out history

    Beyond the posh neighbourhood of Maddox Square, a wooden board leads you to rows of washing blocks where numerous bare-chested washermen pound…
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    Electric vehicle missing spark

    the city magazine dedicated to the motorists of Kolkata- organized the “JK Tyre Wheel War III”- a pulsating drag race for 4-wheelers…
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    Fonts, Scripts, and Styles

    A giant wooden table where he used to keep all his belongings, always arranged meticulously; lots of tiny bottles of globules and…
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    ArtsAcre Museum

    Bengalis were not considered to be a martial race. Yet no less than three World War I memorials - the Bengalee War…
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    The Boat Museum

    'Is anybody there?'. Nobody can be seen. All the book-racks with thousands of books at the National Library stand still in the…
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    Red Road: The Road Royale

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Chowringhee Road

    While travelling from Hastings towards Kidderpore Bridge, one comes across a traffic island on St Georges Gate Road. Unkempt, encroached upon, the…
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    South DhobiKhana: City’s Laundry Service

    In 19th Century, the issue of widow remarriage had raised the hackles of the Hindu society. But its advocators had another concern.…
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    Radha Bazaar Lane: Sands of Time

    The onset of autumn signifies the homecoming of the Goddess Durga with her four children. And as the Sanskrit chants fill up…
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    Misleading Highway Signs

    We Kolkatans take pride in our culture, tradition, history, people, food and our rich heritage and rightly so. Kolkata has always been…
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    Bravehearts from Bengal in WWI

    Calcutta University, established in the year 1857, marked the fruition of the deep yearning for Western education that had surged through Bengal…
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    Houses of Spirits from the British Raj

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    History Revisited: Swami Vivekananda's house

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Hanging of Nanda Kumar

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Rani Rasmoni: Queen of Hearts

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Maidan: A People's Park

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    What a Marvel!

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Relics of Calcutta's History

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    Past Perfect

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    A House No More

    Published by Guide India Publication, 'Kolkata on WHEELS' is Kolkata's first city-centric monthly motoring and lifestyle magazine
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    A Doctor Of All Maladies

    Every year we celebrate National Doctor's Day on July 1, in memory of our second Chief Minister, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy who…
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  • | places | 

    Lal Dighi: Reflections of the Raj

    Lal Dighi was once an old tank within the premises of zemindar's old cutcherry belonging to Sabarna Roy Choudhury family. The pool…
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    Sanskrit College

    The Ionian pillars of Sanskrit College today appear to be highly incongruous considering that the institution was set up to teach Indian…
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    Simlapara: Chequered Past

    Simla or Shimulia was an ancient village, primarily inhabited by weavers and widely acclaimed for its fine cotton dhotis. It is one…
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    Nabab Wajid Ali Shah: The Legacy Lives on

    When filmmaker Satyajit Ray was shooting his period film "Shatranj ke Khiladi" set against the backdrop of the British annexation of Awadh…
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    The Old Mint: A Heritage Treasure

    Siraj-ud-Doulah, the Nawab of Bengal captured Fort William on June 20, 1756 and renamed Calcutta as Alinagar. But after the Battle of…
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    Samriddhi Bhavan: History of Indian banking

    Samriddhi Bhavan, the headquarters of State Bank of India is much more than just a building. Housing the archives and a museum…
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    Kolkata’s Own Wax Museum

    Kolkatans, gear up for the ultimate celebrity experience! You can actually cozy up to them without being elbowed by security personnel and…
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  • | market | 

    Chhagalpatti: City's Goat Market

    As you queue up every Sunday in front of the local mutton shop, have you ever consider where he gets the goat…
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    Hardware Bazaar at Chandni Chowk

    Harrods, the famous upmarket departmental store in London once boasted that they sell everything from “pin to elephant,” but the more humble…
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    Calcutta Unfurled India’s First Flag

    Not many of us are aware that the very first unofficial flag of India was hoisted at Calcutta. At the height of…
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    One-way Traps in Kolkata

    One way system of traffic regulation is prevalent all over the world and Kolkata is no exception. Some of its old roads…
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    Bhola Moira & 'Babu' Calcutta

    Most of us are familiar with the celebrated kabiyal, Bhola Moira only through the various romanticised presentations on screen. Two of the…
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    Esplanade Mansions: The Grand Palace of the City

    If Calcutta was once called the city of palaces, it is more likely it owed its name to stately buildings like Esplanade…
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