Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob- a heritage bus tour

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I love to explore the heritage of Kolkata. So when this invitation came from the Apeejay group for a literary heritage tour as a curtain-raiser to their Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsob (a Bengali literature festival) organized by Oxford Bookstore, the heritage book den and Patra Bharati, an old publication house, I agreed to it. It was a tour of the houses of some of the most illustrious names in Bengal’s literary history.

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Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav Literary Walk 2015

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On 10th October Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015 kick started through heritage literary walk. The meeting point was Maniktala HDFC Bank Bus Stand, time was 7:30 am sharp. Early morning heading towards Maniktala, when I was reached saw maximum known face, that was awesome felling when you walk your fellow bloggers, photographers, friends, mentors like Subhadip MukherjeeIndrajit Das, Soumya Shankar Ghosal, Lopamudra Talukdar,  Sumit Surai, Indrajit Lahiri, Srotoswini Svetlana Baghawan, Rajib Dutta, Deepanjan Ghosh, Preeti Roychoudhury, Sammya Brata etc. This Literary Walk organised by Streets of Calcutta for Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015Most importantly Wikipedia also part of this  Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2015

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Kolkata Literary Heritage Bus Tour – Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2016

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As part of the Apeejay Bangla Sahitya Utsav 2016, on Sunday, 16th October, Oxford Bookstore, Park Street, along with Patra Bharati, organised a literary heritage bus tour. City heritage and travel blogger Rangan Datta lead the tour which started from Apeejay House, Park Street around 2PM.

I was invited to be a part of the tour, and being a heritage enthusiast and bookworm I was eager too. Our first stop was the Calcutta Police Museum.

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Bengali Literary Heritage Bus Tour

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I was privileged enough to lead a group of about 60 eminent Kolkatans, including eminent writer and columnist Ranjan Bandhopadhyay, through the winding streets of north Kolkata past the houses of stalwarts of Bengali literature.

The tour stared from the Apeejay House in Park Street at about 2 pm, with Let Us Goas the heritage tour partner.

The first stop was the Kolkata Police Museum, located near Maniktala. The building was constructed in 1814 and served as the residence of Raja Rammohan Roy, the father of Bengal Renaissance. Rammohan lived in this house till his departure for England in 1830.

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Finding Toru Dutt

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Much before the thought of women’s empowerment ever came to the mind of mankind a young girl took the lead through literature and this is not in the twenty-first century but way back in the 19th century. This little girl who most of us have never heard of nor has most ever read any of her works is none other than Toru Dutt. In her short-lived life she achieved what most writers and poets ever dream off, going beyond her native language that is Bengali she managed to achieve this feat in English and in French.

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Kolkata Literary Heritage Bus Tour

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My city of Calcutta (Kolkata) has seen many heritage walks and heritage bus tours but on 16th of October 2016, I myself and this old city of mine witnessed something for the very first time. Oxford Bookstore one of the city’s heritage landmark and also a bookstore arranged the first ever Literary Heritage Bus Tour along with Patra Bharati under the banner of Apeejay Bangla Sahitya UtsobLetUsGo was the Heritage Tour partner for the festival providing vital infrastructure making this a truly comfortable bus tour.

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