The  City of Joy : Kolkata

Have you ever been to Kolkata? Kolkata itself boasts of a history of about 400 years old city.

I would like to tell you something about Kolkata because I am here for the last 15 years. 

Although I am a Bihari but during my Banking service, I was transferred to Kolkata. It is about those days when I got a posting in Kolkata for the first time. In the year 2006, I joined a branch in Kolkata. I had no experience about a metro city culture, so I was a bit nervous.

By chance, I found the address of my distant relative who was living near Girish Park. I got my base to live there in the Girish Park area. The distance from there to the bank was such that I could walk to and from the bank every day.

Now I am called a Kolkatian because I am here for the last 15 years.

Kolkata is called the City of Joy

First Experience in Kolkata

. Kolkata is a city where no one sleeps hungry. Here one can eat the desired food for even 10 rupees only.  More than half of the population live on the footpath and earn their livelihood in this city.

Yes, Kolkata is a cosmopolitan city where people from different parts of India come here for livelihood. Not only that here we find the Chinese having their old business of leather shoes and find Chinese doctors who are doing their ancestral profession here.

This city is unique because different types of people speak different languages and their food is different but they live together with brotherhood.

This city has made a lot of progress in the field of education, music, and dance. Actually, Kolkata is a hub of cultural activity.

Kolkata is a city of colonial architecture

 Tourists from abroad and other states come here to enjoy the beauty of this city and they appreciate the city.

Yes, there are many places of interest in Kolkata which fascinates the mind.

Kolkata is one of the popular metropolises in India, where it is a pleasure to visit. The people here are very friendly.

There was a time when Kolkata used to be the capital of India. Kolkata is very colorful and known as the city of Joy.

 Delicious food is the specialty here. Besides the famous food of Machhli  Bhat ,(Fish & Rice)…- we also found here many types of famous sweets like Sandesh, Rasogulla, Mishti Doi, etc.

An Evening at Howrah Bridge : My favorite Place

Howrah Bridge

There is a famous bridge that connects Kolkata, and Howrah which is called Howrah Bridge. The view of Howrah Bridge in front of the Ganges River at night looks very beautiful because the Bridge here is decorated with lights that look amazing at night.

  Howrah Bridge is the means of movement of over one lakh transport every day and possibly more than 150,000 pedestrians, easily making it the busiest cantilever bridge in the world. This was the third-longest cantilever bridge at the time of its construction.  The Howrah Bridge is currently the sixth-longest bridge of its type in the world.

My office was very near to this Howrah bridge, Sometimes, I used to visit the bridge in the evening with friends to enjoy the beautiful sight because Howrah Bridge is a major center of sightseeing in Kolkata. countless people walk through this bridge on foot. Because of this bridge, the traffic has become very easy and call as life line of Kolkata. 

The oldest zoo in our country is present in this city. Every day a large number of people come here to visit the zoo..

Enjoying IPL Match in Eden Gardens in Kolkata

Eden Gardens in Kolkata is a huge stadium where countless international cricket games are played.

College Street market is a place where thousands of Bookstall are available. We find all the books of the world in this College Street market in this city. At many shops here, people sell old books to people at a very reasonable price.  People can be seen reading books at many book shops here in the evening.

First metro train

The first metro train in India ran in Kolkata. Most of the people in Kolkata wish to travel by metro rail. I  too choose the metro train for visiting one place to another as this is a very comfortable mode of transportation.

The other old mode of transport is the tram system in this city.  Kolkata is the oldest existing tram network operating in India and also the oldest operating tramway in Asia.  Starting in 1902, it is still in operation and is the second oldest electric tramway in India (the Madras electric street tramway being the first).

The first horse-drawn trams in Kolkata

Tram in Kolkata

Trams in Kolkata city not only surpass a mere iconic and heritage value, but it is now very state-of-environment friendly owing to its pollution less and commuters friendly and road safety aspects. The hassle-free ride allures a different genre of commuters too who wants an assured and laid-back joy ride.

Many eminent people are born in Kolkata. Everyone here knows the great poet Shri Rabindranath Tagore. They have written so much literature like poems, stories, and novels. 

Nobel Prize-winning scholars

Yes, Kolkata has given five Nobel Prize-winning scholars to the country. Their names are Sir Ronald Ross, CV Raman, Rabindranath Tagore, Amartya Sen, and Mother Teresa.

Film-maker Sh  Satyajit Ray was awarded the Oscar for his contribution to world cinema.

 During the British era, Kolkata was once the capital of the country. . Yes, Kolkata is an important city of India. . There was a saying that what Bengal thinks today, the country thinks after fifty years.

This city has produced so many great personalities like Bankim, Rabindra, Vidyasagar, Ramakrishna, Shyama Prasad, Dr. PC Rai, and Vivekananda. It was  a meeting place for modern and traditional devotees. The people of Bihar used to come to Kolkata for livelihood and they used to work in factories and send money to the village.

Park Street

Park Street is one of the popular sightseeing places in Kolkata. On the occasion of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Park Street is decorated grandly. From big five-star hotels, and restaurants to nightclubs are present here. Most of the family and friends come here to meet each other and enjoy this beautiful place in the festive season.. It is a fun place and has one of the largest restaurants.

As a memorial to the deceased Queen Victoria

Victoria Memorial

Kolkata has the famous Victoria Memorial which reminds us of the Victorian era. It is built on about 65 acres of land. There is a green garden around the Victoria Memorial which makes the heart happy. The beauty of the Victoria Memorial building increases at night. Many information related to history is obtained here. The museum here is informative. The Victoria Memorial is illuminated in the evening, making it more beautiful.

Friends,

I have spent a long 15 years of my life here.. This city makes all the people its own. This city celebrates all types the festivals with great zeal and enthusiasm. the atmosphere of this city is always pleasant.

The belongingness of the people of this city touches everyone’s heart. That’s why this city is close to my heart. Every countryman must visit this city to feel the beauty of Kolkata.

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47 replies

  1. Kolkata is indeed a worthy city.

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  2. Certainly sounds like a splendid city. Lovely post Sir!

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  3. I have visited Kolkata several times and seen all the spots mentioned by you. A great city indeed.

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  4. I love Kolkata: it is the first city of India that I visited and it has remained in my heart 🌹🌹🌹

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  5. कोलकाता के बारे में अच्छी जानकारी के लिए धन्यवाद, एक बार गया था लेकिन सब यादें ताजा हो गई। धन्यवाद 👍👍🙏🙏

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  6. Hello sir! I read ur blogs and I must say all ur blogs are so good. But this one is my favourite because I love Kolkata and want to visit. Thanks for sharing this. And u know I’m also from Bihar.😊

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  7. Lovely explanation & wonderful expression. Happiness = Verma Uncle✨🤗❤

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  8. By reading your blog,I recollected my old memories.I had stayed in Kolkata for seven years from 1993 to 2000.Blog is full of information.Many things are left such as Birla Planetarium,Kalighat and many.

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  9. Nice and informative post.
    I have visited many many times to Kolkata.My first visit was during trimester break after third Trimester from RAC.My some relatives were residing there at that time. After that several times for training of Banking in Central Bank officer’s training college,Salt Lake City .After ward my Son was studying in RK Mission Narendrapur.
    In connection with that several times visit was made by me.So it is very familiar to me.

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  10. Reblogged this on Retiredकलम and commented:

    Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain.
    but you cannot have a rainbow without a little rain.

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  11. OH KOLKATA Kolkata is my favorite city. I love spending time on College Street. What to say about Indian Cafe House GAJAB HAI

    ABHI TO SAARE MAGAZINES KI DURGA BARSHIKI AA GAYI HOGI .

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