Rare pictures of Old Calcutta (Kolkata) : Part-2

 

 Rare Pictures of Old Calcutta Tram 30s

This Rare picture of Old Calcutta Tram was probably taken near Kidderpore during the 30s. The volume of passengers reminds of today’s Local Train. Courtesy Life Images Rare pictures of Old Calcutta

The "Malishwallahs" (Masseur) of Babooghat in 1940
The “Malishwallahs” (Masseur) of Babooghat in 1940. You still can have this kind of experience by spending few hundred bucks at Babughat, only if your body permits this massive pressure. Getty Images- Rare pictures of Old Calcutta
The Clay Artisans of Kumhartolly , Calcutta 1928.
The Clay Artisans of Kumhartolly , Calcutta 1928. Getty Images. These Clay Models represents Hindu Deities being worshipped at Pandals during auspicious seasons.

 

streets of Calcutta flood
3rd September 1937: The streets of Calcutta were turned into rivers after rains in the monsoon season were heavier than usual. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
 An aerial view of Calcutta
1932: An aerial view of Calcutta, showing Governor House-Raj Bhawan (large white structure to the left), The General Post Office (with white dome) and the Esplanade Curzon Park in the foreground. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A food queue in Calcutta
1946: A food queue in Calcutta near Firpo’s (present New Market), after four days of rioting and looting. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) Rare pictures of Old Calcutta

Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.

Rare pictures of Old Calcutta -Part-1

A British Fighter at Red Road ,Kolkata
A British Spitfire plane at Red Road , Kolkata during World War -II .For a temporary period , this important road of Kolkata was used as an Airstrip.Photo courtesy Team bhp.



Bus Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945.
Buses Standing near Howrah Station circa 1945. Photo courtesy teambhp.com Rare pictures of old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram terminus
Chowringhee Tram terminus during British Era.The photo was taken from the rooftop of The Statesman Building. You can notice the famous Tipu Sultan Mosque on the left-hand corner.Photo courtesy Getty Images.
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta
Chowringhee Tram Terminus of Old Calcutta which is still operational until today. The photo was taken sometime during the early 50s. Getty Images Rare pictures of old Calcutta

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50

A Busy Esplanade Streets during the 50s. Tram used to play a pivotal role in the transport system of Kolkata those days. Getty images                                     PART 2 COMING SOON

Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.

The “Black Hole Tragedy”of Kolkata

Holwell Monument - The Black Hole Tragedy

The facts about  the “Taking of Calcutta in 1756” and the calamity in which it culminated, are of course  known in a general way to most readers ,and familiarly to the researchers of history ;still it may be worth-while to restate the Black Hole Tragedy once more and unearth a few of the half-forgotten names of those actors who played their parts in the scenes, which chiefly conspired to stamp the main incidents with the notoriety attaching to them.

Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay a noted British Historian and Politician wrote at length and vividly about the tragedy that took place in the night of June 20th ,1756 which goes as follows….From a child, Surajah Dowla (Siraj-Ud-Daula,the Nawab of Bengal) hated the English.He had also formed a very exaggerated notion of the wealth which might be obtained by plundering them . Pretexts for a quarrel were readily found . The English, in expectation of a War with France ,had begun to fortify their settlement without special permission from the Nabob. On such ground as these Surajah Dowla marched with a great army against Fort William.

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Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.

Job Charnock(1630-1692) ,an unusual Englishman with keen interest on Oriental values and beliefs

Job Charnock Monument

Job Charnock, the honourable Sr. Agent of East  India Company in Bengal had written in his own verse and graphic account of the historical event  of  first day of landing at Calcutta (modern-day Kolkata).  The journal called ” Chuttanutte Diary & Consultation”  writes as follows “August 24,1690.This day at Sankral (modern-day Sankrail in Howrah) ordered Captain Brooke to come up with his vessel to chuttanutte  ,where we arrived about noon but found the place in a deplorable condition nothing left for our present accommodation, the rains falling day and night.We are forced to betake ourselves to boats which considering the season of the year ,is very unhealthy.”

His action in settling at Sutanuti or Chuttanutte was a bold one. He had neither authority from the Nawab of Bengal, nor the sanction of the Delhi Emperor .T he latter was seriously incensed against the English owing to an attempt on the part of British Agents at Bombay (Mumbai) and Surat to substitute the Company’s rule sea for that of the Great Moghul.

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Kolkata, the City of Joy has been enchanting me, since childhood, of her glorified past and also the time at present.This blog is made with the intention to give you a brief and photographic detail of the famous spots of Kolkata with a pinch of little-known history behind it.