Category Archives: Sociology & Urban Studies

The (Oberoi) Grand Hotel, Calcutta

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The Grand Hotel is, as its name suggests, the grande dame of the Calcutta hospitality scene. Located, as it was and still is, on Chowringhee Road, it is situated right in the centre of the city’s social and entertainment scene. … Continue reading

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Kalighat, Dakshineshwar and the Hooghly Waterfront, Calcutta

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No visit to Calcutta is complete without a day-trip to two of its most important Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites, and without a stroll along the city’s waterfront from Prinsep Ghat to Babughat – perhaps the most Romantic spot in … Continue reading

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Bowbazar to (former) Black Town, Calcutta

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Calcutta in its heyday was divided into two main districts – White Town, which was where the British and other Europeans lived their lives and did their business, and Black Town, which was where the local Bengalis resided. Some of … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III – Port and Princely Cities of the Subcontinent

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It’s been 14 months since I concluded the second leg of The Grand Tour here on Dream Of A City. And since it is becoming increasingly clear that I’m not going to be able to secure a contract just yet … Continue reading

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London, or New Beginnings

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A few posts ago, I wrote of my restlessness and my desire to wander; and my deep yearning for faraway places, for family and old friends. In the last three months or so, I have been doing exactly what I said … Continue reading

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Shanghai, or The Consolations of Travel and Family

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I have found that when one is at a turning point – floating in that uncertain space between what has come and what will be – the best consolation, indeed the best panacea, is travel. Particularly if it is travel … Continue reading

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New York City, or When does Home stop being Home?

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This past week, I’ve been in New York City. Somewhat surreptitiously, I’ll admit. I only told a handful of people I was there. And I (deliberately) failed to meet a whole bunch of people I used to know.  I didn’t … Continue reading

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