Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kolkata Airlines

During the 1970s Kolkata Airport, also known as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport or Dum Dum Airport was the busiest airport in India with all major International airlines at that time operating from here. The first aircraft a Dakota-3 landed here in 1924 which was also operational during World War II. It was the first Cargo Terminal in the country to be commissioned in 1975.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee made history by becoming the first woman chief minister of West Bengal. Noted as a firebrand orator and popularly known as Didi meaning the elder sister to all her followers, she was the Railway Minister of the country before taking over as the CM. Banerjee started her political career in the seventies in the ranks of the Indian Congress Party, becoming member of parliament in 1984. From 1991 to 1993 she was Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, during the government of PV Narasimha Rao.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Writers Building Mahakaran

The Writers Building Mahakaran started as early as 1690 is the secretariat building of the Government of West Bengal. In 1695, the hovels were destroyed by a thunderstorm. In 1706, the new one-storeyed building was built. It was redesigned by Thomas Lyon in 1780 and received its impressive Corinthian façade, an example of the Neo-Renaissance style, in 1889. There is a statue of Britannia atop the main entrance.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

College Street

The love for books is so strong in Kolkata that Kolkata has a kind of colony of books stores named by the College Street, where books of all types and genres are available. Dominating the center of the area is the College Square. The leafy walk surrounding the pool is occupied by various people spending their leisure time. Kolkata has also its association with notable authors like Max Muller, Ruskin Bond etc. It was here that three leading newspapers published Ruskin Bond's stories at the beginning of his career and set him on my path as an author.

Monday, October 21, 2013

World Telecommunication Day

World Telecommunication Day now renamed into World Information Society Day, is a tribute to this system and a day to focus on the importance of Information and Communication technologies. Graham Bell wanted the greeting on telephone to be Ahoy, which later was changed by Abraham Lincoln as Hello.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kolkata Buddha Purnima

The Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana of the historical Buddha. In these days all over the world especially in Asia is celebrated Vesak also known as the Buddha Purnima Day, informally called Buddha's birthday, actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.