Hobson-Jobson's, the famous dictionary of Anglo-Indian terms, defines Chuprassy as "the bearer of a chapras, i.e. a badge-plate inscribed with the name of the office to which the bearer is attached. The chaprasi is an office-messenger, or henchman,
In The River showing Jetties and Howrah Bridge. Calcutta ships from all over the world are docked on the Hooghly, next to 18th and 19th century mansions occupied by successful trading houses. Thomas Cook & Sons wrote in their 1911 India, Burma, and
Subhas Chandra Bose, also known as Netaji, was one of the most famous leaders of the Indian freedom struggle.
A fourth card in Rossler’s 1897 lithographic series of Calcutta features a fakir, the male counterpoint to the nautch dancer. Above the fakir is his spiritual guide along lifelong wanderings, Lord Shiva.
Although the origin of the word juggler as "one skilled in keeping several objects in motion in the air at the same time by alternately tossing and catching them" goes back to the 14th century and seems to stem from the Middle English "jogelour
The Writer's Building in Kolkata was where India was governed from the late 1700s until 1857. "Writers" were recruits who came from England to make their fortunes with the British East India Company; some became fabulously wealthy "nabobs," although
It is hard to over estimate the importance of Rabindranath Tagore at the beginning of the 20th century.