Fading Mansions of Kolkata, West Bengal …

I have always believed Kolkata to be one of the best cities in the world and the one reason why I said that is becoz of  its old grand houses and aristocratic mansions. Kolkata’s grand old structures were the home for Zamindars (rich businessmen) of the city. When we talk about beautiful large houses and aristocratic mansions, southern and northern part of the city comes to mind. Locations such as Chitpur, Shovabazar, Dalhousie, Park Circus, Khidderpore, Bakulbagan, Hindustan Park, Sarat Bose Road, Paddapukur Road to name just a few where Kolkatans have lived and still living has ageing two or three storeied houses, which catches the eye and nothing less than a historic precinct.

These structures are remarkably distinct and unique to Kolkata, must be showcased to the World, just as Prague and other cities across the globe  showcase their architecture and neighborhood. There are couple of benefits if we do that; firstly, Kolkata will attract lots of International visitors who would like to see and research these structures representing the  culture of Kolkata, some of them might end up writing a book or article on these properties and localties, which will make these buildings more popular attracting tourists. Kolkata can then become one of the best tourist spots for the travelers heading for India; secondly, if revenue can be generated through tourism, the government would also pay attention to save these valuable historic communities; and   finally, this will create more awareness among the local population to save and preserve their own heritage.

As a child, I remember travelling to different places in the north as well as south side of Kolkata with my father, specially during Durga Puja and Kali Puja. Suburbs of Kolkata has similar huge historical mansions and houses too and are equally beautiful.

At the beginning of 19th century, the time when the glory of Zamindars started to fade and British began takingcontrol,  these big mansions became the home for traders of  the East India Company. Every Building, every Mansion tells its own story. These structures are the pride of Bengal, however most of these houses are crumbling today. The mansions deteriorate as newer generation struggle to keep up with maintenance cost. Families have moved to different cities, and countries for reasons known and unknown. Many of these Mansions looks like haunted houses. The Government seems to have no interest in saving these historical and precious heritage buildings, supposed to be protected for the future generations, by intelligently using them for revenue and employment generation for its people. But is a silent spectator. Serious thought and proactive steps must be taken to save these remarkable architectures from destruction and save them from the onslaught of greedy real-estate players. Its better to be late than never, but too late is as bad as being never!

Looks like very soon these historical communities will disappear, making room for giant malls, vanishing forever, to be seen only in Satyajit Ray’s movies and books, as a proof of existing once upon a time.


W omens Day?

March 8 is a International Women day .A day which signifies the worth of a Women on this world.  Its a celebration which says that no one has power to make you feel inferior,it says that Women your superior .

A women who is a beautiful mother,great  friend,lovely  wife,caring sister giving life to this  beautiful world and making it more live by her presence . she is magnificent,smart ,generous,strong,courageous.

World needs to know her worth .She is a hero in every field and can do almost everything with her strong willpower and compassionate.

But Unfortunately Women faces discrimination. Being in modern 21st century,having so many technological development and advancement women in the society still suffering and fighting for her rights. There are places where they put restriction on women’s ability to do job,study or the way they want to live their life. Women like men deserve every opportunity to fulfill their dreams no matter which part of the world they are residing.

They face domestic violence

Work places where they treated as  slaves but  not as employees.

Wage/Pay discrimination

Sexual harassment

Gender Inequality

and many more …

There should  be no difference between men and women .Sexual,racial,gender and other discrimination has to go away from the society. In order to give a  real meaning to International W omens Day ,Women need freedom from fear,freedom from hatred,freedom from unemployment. They want Love,affection,respect and support which in return will make world more meaningful because women is simply wonderful.


Consider The Impact

Yesterday I went circus with my family at Barclays Center, New York City.It was a different experience as I went almost after a decade.the ambiance was brilliant ,colorful lights and full of crowd.there were many performances and tricks which made spectators laugh and speechless.Lions and Tigers  were following instructions from there masters and that was really fascinating to watch .There were acrobats and rope dancers too. Motor cyclist riding in a hollow sphere at a fastest speed.The show ends in two hours after few more performances and we came back home. While coming back I was thinking about those animals who  i guess are force to perform three times in a day on a strict instruction, also circus travel to different cities almost 11 months in a year hence these animals are confined in boxcars or trucks while travelling and deprived of basic necessities such food ,water.And its just not the circus where animals are victimized,many of us grew up eating meat ,wearing leather,fancy fur jackets,visiting zoos,horse racing ,bullfight.Every year thousands of animals are dead becoz of above reasons.there are arguments which says that animals are not safe even in zoos but there is no question that some zoos do take care of their animal really well. Unfortunately it can be difficult to tell the difference.What can we do to make the situation better for all the living being,there are  loads of exciting innovation that can attract the crowd without animal act.  We need to consider the impact of our actions on animals,they deserve kindness and respect too.