The FORT of GAGRON : A UNESCO Heritage Site in Rajasthan

The Fort of Gagron is situated in Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, about 85 km from Kota. It is one of the six Hill Forts of Rajasthan (others being Ranathambore, Kumbhalgarh, Jaisalmer, Chittor, Amer) to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013 . Gagron was earlier known as Dodagarh and then Dhulargarh…

Bravest of the Brave, JEMMIE Sleeps in a Grave

The epitaph doesn’t mention his breed. Or his colour. Or even attribute him with any valour . Only the canine’s name shines in its full glory, celebrating his challenge to a larger predator – “Jemmie, killed by a panther on 24th November, 1903.” Did he fight well ? Did he last for some minutes ?…

Calcutta’s MARBLE PALACE of Raja Rajendra Mullick

In the northern part of Kolkata, in Jorasanko, on the Muktaram Basu Street , stands a grand old mansion known as the Marble Palace. Constructed by Raja Rajendra Mullick, it was inaugurated in 1835, and still serves as the private residence of the Mullicks  ,which is why some parts of the palace are out of…

SURREAL SEVEN WONDERS IN KOLKATA-No Compromise on Aesthetics !

    A list excludes more than it can ever hope to include. Every list, for this very reason, attracts loads of questions and criticism. One fine evening ,while taking a stroll  in Kolkata’s Eco Park , I sleep-walked into a surreal treasure of modern urban architecture in which seven wonders of the world lie…

SPLASH in Salt Lake – Words Pale Against Obscenity of Colours

    Walking under  bright sun and life-sapping humidity of an April afternoon made me hallucinate . I saw kaleidoscopic patterns  all around myself ,most of them daubed in  obscenely loud colours . Some  shades were  bright enough  to force a gasp,others were in  such a mix  as to widen my eyes . Thankfully I…

Flowers & Colours in Salt Lake – Bidding Goodbye to Bountiful Spring

  Upcoming summer has already consumed most of the spring bloom . But late spring still  has many colourful delights to offer before it finally bids us farewell .By the time April arrives ,only Gulmohars shall remain ,along with  possibly few kanairs . Golden rains of Amaltas shall begin flowering only by the end of…

FLOWERING TREES OF SALT LAKE- Colours Everywhere !

  Till a  month back ,I knew more about Rafales and Migs than  I was aware of the   flowers and trees in my  neighbourhood. Regarding my lack of exposure,suffice  is to say that I mistook a RUDRAPALASH flower  for a Hibiscus when one of the former fell upon me  . I  looked up to…

पांडाल हौपिंग

    सबेरे तीन बजे किसी तरह  नींद से जागा, मुंह-हाथ धो कर पांडाल-पांडाल भागा , भीड़ बहुत थी सड़कों पर,प्रदूषण,कोलाहल भी , बंगालियों में दारुण उत्साह था पूजो को लेकर ।4।   भीड़ के रेले माँ के दर्शन को बढ़ते जाते  थे, यह  गली ,वह मोहल्ला ,यह नुक्कड़ ,वह तल्ला , ढूंढते- पूछते ,पूजते-…