Kolkata-The Street full of books!

I still remember when I was nine or ten years old, I used to take a stroll with my mother down the lanes of College Street. I was always buying books, though the habit wore off with time and I associated myself with a lot of technicalities of life. But that smell of old books and the call of the shopkeepers still remained somewhere down my memory lanes. It is a very nostalgic feeling if you get a chance to live that moment amidst those left out feelings.
Bright colorful pages of novels flipping in the winds along with the pictures imprinted on the yellow pages can still attract anyone. From old to new, you will find every single book quoted not only by the Indian authors but also by the foreign authors.  Students who are planning to prepare for their entrance exams also visit the area known as the “Book Market” of Kolkata.
Where hand pulled rickshaws are the only viable means of transport and after a hectic affair with the verses and quotes, one can always enjoy a nice lunch in the legendary “Coffee House”, founed in April 1876. Before us, notable laureates and renowned personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhash Chandra Bose. As the eras changed, scholars, editors, writers like Ritwick Ghatak, Narayan Gangopadhyay, Samoresh Majumder and Shakti Chattopadhyay. It was a revolutionary feat and the binding of some of the intellectual heads started at this very place. It became a revolutionary point to bring collaborative ideas together along with several political and cultural movements. The presence of this Coffee Joint has a lot of unspoken verses to say about that once surrounded itself with the talks and tales of Bengal itself.
There lays the Presidency College, previously known as the Hindu College till the year of 1855 and then the former name got stuck with it. Also known as the “Mahapathshala” it was founded by Raja Rammohan Roy along with David Hare. All sorts of departments starting from English to Mathematics and History were taught here and still it remains as one of the finest educational institutions in Kolkata.
So much of history, lie in such a small place filled up with lanes and shops. It carried with it a smell of nostalgia and the one who knows the History can still find small things that can give rise to a keen sense of revolutionary movement inside him. The graffiti works bear democratic messages and youth related arts to break free from the era old bondages of life to rise with their voices. They bear the slogans that can be used against the society at large for the disgusting things that are happening freely. These impressions expressed by the youths speak a lot that the air is still heavy with a hope that cannot be put down at any cost.

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“The Legend breathes alone.”

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“All Bengal Teacher’s Association.”

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“The gateway to Life.”

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“One woman army.”

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“Varieties”

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“The shades of life!”

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“Rush in the alley.”

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“Serving the verses.”

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“Refuge for all sects.”

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“How much it’s gonna cost?”

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“How much did they sell?”

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“Presidency University with its History!”

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“Small alleys and their plying colors.”

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“Care for a ride?”

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“Getting into the Act!”

16.jpg“Eyeing envy and gossips”

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“Vacancy.”

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“Trying to Learn.”

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“Blue Dreams”

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“In between bites.”

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“Quenching his thirst.”

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“Juiced up.”

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“Time-Pass Methods.”

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“Roasted Corn.”

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“Don’t you wanna have them?”

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“Stalls hold the desire!”

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“Colorful.”

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“Desires”

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“Childhood Games.”

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“Race.”

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“In thoughts.”

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“Seeing through.”

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“Taking the gap.”

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“A moment to share.”

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“Vintage.”

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“With yawns and laughter.”

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“Crossing.”

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“Old but privileged.”

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“The cobbler.”

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“Locked and unlocked verses.”

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“Youth and the revolution.”

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“Playing the winning hand.”

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“In between.”

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“He dreams while he chases.”

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“Connected.”

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“Happy.”

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“Happy’s Treat”

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“From above.”

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Really nice to go through and it is awesome

    Liked by 1 person

  2. KRISHANU TALUKDAR says:

    Keep on going! I appreciate your endeavour

    Like

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