Calcutta before independence was the nerve centre of the East India Company. It was the British capital before it shifted to Delhi. From Calcutta to Kolkata, there has been a lot written about it. According to one theory, Job Charnock asked a farmer the name of the area around Hooghly river. The farmer misunderstood his English and thought Job asked about his harvest, to which he replied, “Kaal kata hoye chilo (I cut it yesterday).” Job thought the place was called Calcutta!┬áThe city of pure joy in black and white pictures will soothe your eyes and warm your heart with nostalgia, even if you weren’t there.

Durga Puja idol

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In front of Grand Hotel

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A railway station in 1940

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Kalighat temple in 1932

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Great Sikh Gun in Government House from 1858-61

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Jain Temple in 1945

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Howrah Bridge under construction in 1940

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Calcutta’s east bank and Hooghly river in 1945

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DumDum aerodrome during World War 2

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Part Street in 1930

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Tipu Sultan Mosque in 1850

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Tagore Palace Pathuriaghata in 1907

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Chowringhee road in 1912

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Bus in Chowringhee in 1940

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The Pontoon bridge also known as The old Howrah Bridge in 1935

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Horse driven tram in 1873

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Calcutta isn’t as fast paced as the rest of the metropolitans. It believes in leisure walks along the bank of Ganga and fierce dhunuchi naach at Durga Puja. It’s true what they say; if you want a city with a soul, come to Calcutta!