Oh Calcutta! Amar Kolkata. Somewhere between the two names, our city lost a lot of it's uniqueness. Let's see if you remember them. Here's a big dose of nostalgia!

DOUBLE DECKER BUS

The city had double-decker buses which first started plying in 1926. During the Left Front regime in the late eighties they slowly got phased out and disappeared from the streets of Calcutta.


 

ROAD SIDE WATER HYDRANTS

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Once used to wash the streets of Calcutta every morning , the royal lion faced water hydrants now lie disused and are used by bathers in semi-transparent gamchas.


 

BIOSCOPE

The man with the colorful tin box inside which lay the magical world of films, has all but disappeared from our city.


 

MARTIN RAIL

The Martin Burn company operated a rail line from Dum Dum to Baguiati till it closed down in 1955. No wonder Kolkata was once referred to as Martin Burn city.


 

KESTOPUR DEER PARK

Salt Lake had a deer park on the banks of Kestopur canal once which has since languished and is now an animal rescue and transit centre.


 

TOY TRAIN IN RABINDRA SAROBAR

This was operational between 1985 and 1989, and was a popular draw for children.


 

WATER BEARING TRAM

Water Tram

Used to clean the tram tracks every morning, these old workhorses are no longer in use and lie neglected deep inside tram depots.


 

CHAPLIN CINEMA

Chaplin-Cinema-TheatreCharlie Chaplin had once graced this cinema hall, but recently it was pulled down owing to lack of funds. The lovely font that said CHAPLIN on the front will be sorely missed.


 

VANISHING TRAM ROUTES
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Many tram routes have sadly disappeared – like the Ashutosh Mukherjee Road-RB Avenue-Victoria route.


 

AMRITA BAZAR PATRIKA

After 123 years,the publication folded up due to debts. Started by Sisir Ghosh in 1868, it was the oldest Indian owned English daily. It was a nationalist publication and nurtured the Indian freedom struggle. During the great Calcutta killings of 1946, the Patrika left its editorial columns blank for three days. On August 15, 1947, the Patrika published in an editorial:

‘It is dawn, cloudy though it is. Presently sunshine will break.’


CALCUTTA

And finally, the name itself (we all know where the picture above is from, but that’s exactly what we feel…Oh!) For most of us though, it will forever be MY CALCUTTA!

We are sure there are many other reminders of Calcutta that you miss in Kolkata. Let us know!

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