Calcutta Mosaic: Essays and Interviews on the Minority Communities of Calcutta
Himadri Banerjee, Nilanjana Gupta, Sipra Mukherjee
Anthem Press, Jul 10, 2009 - History - 504 pages
A city is more than its buildings and streets. A city is the people who live, work, and play in it and make it their own. This book brings together original essays and interviews which trace the history of the peoples in the city of Calcutta. Those who came and stayed; why they did so; and how they contributed in building the city. Once celebrated as the second city of the British Empire after London and more recently derided as the dying city, Calcutta is simultaneously associated with intellectual creativity, processions and palaces and a unique way of claiming the outsider as its own. This collection brings together the stories of the Armenians, Chinese, Sikhs, 'South Indians', Bohra Muslims and other communities who have come and created this wondrous mosaic, the city of Calcutta.
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I was Impressed, very concise & eye opener. Undoubtedly Calcutta was a unique city of 19th & early 20th Century. Even though I lived in Calcutta for 12 years 1955 to 1967, I felt the changes taking place, this most definitely was informative.