Skip to main content

#TheBlindList to see the India outside India and #SayYesToTheWorld

For me "To travel is to explore with all senses"

The senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch define whether my traveler-wandering soul attained solace or is ready for more exploration.

As you all know from my Blogging profile that I reside in Howrah district in the state of West Bengal, India.

The name Howrah might make you remember that famous Cantilever bridge known as Howrah Bridge which connects two cities situated on the east and west side of the river Ganga or Hooghly river. The same Howrah Junction station acts as the gateway to Kolkata too, earlier known as Calcutta which served as the capital of India under till 1911 during British Empire of East Indian Company.

For your knowledge, It's the same Howrah Station that now holds two multipurpose railway stations at one place, one for the Indian Railways and other for Kolkata Metro Railways underneath the former one as the east-west line of Kolkata Metro crosses beneath the river Hooghly. The place Howrah was established in 1947 and is of 1467 square km and is the closest industrial belt to Kolkata.

Being a down to earth Indian it always pinched me to travel to those destinations that somewhere has a match with India. That match might be of culture, people, society or mere namesake with the same pronunciation of any Indian city or place.

Three such places that come to mind for this openminded bucket list are

Howrah, Australia:


Unlike Howrah in India, there is a place also known as Howrah in Australia too. The Howrah there is a beachside suburb of the most populous city, Hobart and the capital of the state Tasmania in Australia. The Hobart city is the second oldest capital city after Sydney. But what drives me to explore this place blindly is the name Howrah and the fact that it is situated on the banks of Derwent River. Yes, this Australia's Howrah will also soothe my sense of sight with views across the river, not the Hooghly River but the Derwent River at least.

Wouldn't it be mesmerizing to see 'Howrah House' only if it exists till now, a property established by a retired Indian Army Officer during 1830s epitomizing the naming of Howrah in Australia?

Wouldn't it be nice to see through the thoughts of that retired Indian Army Officer who envisioned the Derwent River of Australia with that of the sacred River Ganga of India?

Wouldn't it be peaceful to hear the roar of the sea in Howrah, Australia as opposed to the industrial belt Howrah, India I have known so far?

Wouldn't it be tasteful to experience the seafood of Australia's Howrah unlike the Bengali style home cooked "Maacher Jhol" aka Fish Curry we serve in Kolkata and Howrah?

Wouldn't it be great to have a sip of tea in kullhad or "bhaarer cha" as we call it in bengali during Australia Howrah darshan?

Kulhadwali Chai aka Bharer Cha during journey


Calcutta, United States of America:

Calcutta, the ex-capital city of India till 1911 before New Delhi, was renamed to Kolkata in 2001. But the essence of it's name still flourishes worldwide but not just in my graduation mark sheet by The University of Calcutta. One such case exists some 12,945 km apart.

Unlike Calcutta in India, there is a Calcutta in the Columbiana district of the Ohio state in the United States of America. The naming happened when the first brick house was built in that area by Mr. William Foulks during 1800s which was named Foulkstown. But was later changed to Calcutta after the capital city Calcutta, now Kolkata.

East-West Kolkata Metro Station in Saltlake, Kolkata

Just like me, America has an obsession with the capital of British India, Calcutta. Thus there are several places called Calcutta in America than anywhere else, not just what India had. Apart from the Calcutta in Ohio, we are talking about there are several other towns and places called Calcutta in America. They are Calcutta - the coal town in Indiana, Calcutta in Pleasants district, West Virginia, Calcutta - a village in the Corozal district, Belize and Calcutta - a resort in Saramacca district, Suriname in South America.

And this name calling drives me to travel blinded and say YES TO THE WORLDs called Calcutta in the USA.

Wouldn't it be an experience to see what so many Calcutta in the USA holds for a citizen of Calcutta, India?

CAB - Main entrance of Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium in Kolkata, then Calcutta.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear the stories behind the naming?

Wouldn' it be worth visiting to feel the aroma of the name pronounced as Calcutta?

Would it be soothing to not see the Ambassador Yellow cabs there?

Wouldn't it be great if I can see them celebrating Durga Pujo in full fervor?

I guess it would be more worthy than any other blind visit to explore the world around us.


Hyderabad, Pakistan:

As I quoted myself to be a down to earth Indian earlier in this post, I meant about the India without any division of lines called borders. I would love to be the Indian from The Undivided India. 

And my blind quest for touch and taste go to thy neighborhood Pakistan. Every Indian knows what Biryani is, it's a Muslim delicacy being highly sought after by Hindus like me. India is a country with diversity, so in different parts of the sub-continent one recipe might be called and cooked in different styles. Biryani becomes biriyani, biriani, briyani or birani and whatever you may pronounce. But at the end of the day, it is a mixture of rice, meat, aromatic Indian spices, yogurt, egg, dry fruits, vegetables and so on.

Though I get to eat and love to eat the biryani served in Kolkata with boiled potato in it. But, Hyderabadi biriyani is known to be the best delicacy among biryani in India.

Unlike India's Hyderabad, there is a Hyderabad in Pakistan too. Pakistani Hyderabad is located in the state of Sindh, some 140 km east to Karachi city. Being a Muslim dominated country, there is no wonder that Biryani is always ready to be served & cooked in Pakistani Hyderabadi style.

Wouldn't it be nice to smell and taste the biryani been cooked in Hyderabad of Pakistan?

Wouldn't it be an exquisite blind exploration to taste the biryani of Pakistan's Hyderabad and to recall the experience in comparison to India's Hyderabadi Biryani or the one I had yesterday in Kolkata.

Wouldn't it be like self exploration by Exploring The World with so differences yet so many similarities?



So come on, let us be openminded and travel to explore for that enriching experience called World.

This post is written in lieu of the travel inspiration to #SayYesToTheWorld with #TheBlindList by Lufthansa India.


Popular posts from this blog

कोलकाता के थीम दुर्गा पूजा के सभी फोटो - Durga Puja Photo Throwback

कोलकाता पश्चिम बंगाल की राजधानी है। इसे भारत का सिटी ऑफ़ जॉय भी कहा जाता है यानि एक ऐसा शहर जो खुशियों से भरा हो। मैं तो इसे त्योहारों की राजधानी मानता हूँ। ऐसा ही एक त्योहार है दुर्गा पूजा जिसे देश के अन्य भागों में दशहरा या दसरा के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। वैसे दुर्गा पूजा और दशहरा में उतना ही अंतर है जितना की नवरात्री और दुर्गा पूजा में है। चाहे नाम जो भी हो पर देवी दुर्गा की आराधना ही इस पर्व का मूल उद्देश्य होता है।


कोलकाता-वासी साल भर राह देखते रहते हैं के कब दुर्गा पूजा आए और उनकी खुशियों में चार चाँद लगे। इसकी उलटी गिनती ओडिशा के प्रसिद्द श्री जगन्नाथ जी के 'रथ यात्रा' के दिन से शुरू हो जाती है। कमोवेश रथ पूजा के बाद से 100 दिन शेष रह जाते हैं दुर्गा पूजा के लिए जो की तैयारियां शुरू कर देने का उद्घोष होता है।



बंगाली समाज में माता रानी से इतना लगाव है की कोलकाता और बंगाल के सभी जिलों में दुर्गा पूजा बड़े ही धूम-धाम से मनाई जाती है।



गली हो या मोहल्ला, थोड़ी सी जगह हो या बड़ी-चौड़ी जगह दुर्गोत्सव के रूप-रंग में ढलने में किसी भी प्रकार की कठिनाई नहीं होती। बड़ी ही सरलता से छोटी-स…

चले आना तू पान की दुकान पे 18 साल के होने के बाद

"18 साल से कम उम्र वाले को सिगरेट - पान - गुटखा - तम्बाकू नहीं दिया जायेगा " ऐसा आपने कितने पान दुकानों में लिखा देखा है?  या कितने पान शॉप पर पान बेचने वाले भईया होंगे जो ऐसी सोच रखते होंगे या मानते होंगे?

भारत में जब तक आप 18  साल के नहीं होते तब तक आप नाबालिग हैं। यानि आपके बचपने वाले बर्ताव के कारण आपके लिए नियम और दंड भी अलग है। जैसे नाबालिगों को वोट न दे पाना सबसे सामान्य वर्जित नियमों में से एक है। पर उसके साथ ही आप सिगरेट, बीड़ी, पान, गुटखा, तम्बाकू, शराब या कोई भी नशा करने वाला पदार्थ ना कोई नाबालिगों को बेच सकता है और ना ही आप १८ साले से कम उम्र होने के वजह से खरीद सकते हो। उसी तरह एडल्ट फिल्म भी वर्जित है क्यूंकि उसके लिए आपको एडल्ट होना या बालिग होना जरुरी है।

फिर भी ऐसा होता कहाँ है। वर्जित है तो सही पर मानता कौन है?

अजी मानने वाले मानते हैं, और वो ही मानते हैं जो बुद्धि से और शरीर से बालिग हो जाते हैं। जिन्हे पैसे की भूख नहीं देश को सही दिशा देने की भूख होती है। 


जैसे अपने जलन्धर प्रसाद चौरसिया जी।  चौरसिया जी की पान की दुकान है पश्चिम बंगाल के हावड़ा मैदान में…