Friday, August 25, 2006

Happy Birthday Calcutta!

Today, 24 August, is considered Calcutta’s “foundation day”. On this day in 1690, Job Charnock of the (British) East India Company landed by boat at a riverbank in Sutanuti (in today’s north Calcutta), and decided to set up a trading post here.

What is now Calcutta was then a collection of villages of fishermen, weavers and other artisans. There were also some rich landlords and traders around. The imperial-colonial kiss-embrace made this into a teeming metropolis.

Happy Birthday Calcutta!


Hannelie said...

Happy Birthday Culcutta.
Rama, I really enjoyed all the photos, Happy birthday to your sister too.
Thanks for sharing it with us all.

Bonita said...

I really like the information in the photos, the daily life. Happy Birthday to Calcutta.

Deb S. said...

I hope you and yours enjoyed the celebration. Happy Birthday to Calcutta!