Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018

Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2018 celebrates the spirit of books, art and culture for which Kolkata is famous for. As its Holiday Partner, Flying Squirrel Holidays is proud to present three wonderful heritage walks in the city that tells the exciting stories of Kolkata’s historical neighbourhoods, showcases her beautiful architecture, talks about the men of letters and relives a slice of history.


The Heritage Walks include:

Mark Wood’s Map: Dalhousie Square Walk
In this heritage walk we will retrace the steps of British administrator, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Wood to explore streets and identify buildings that were depicted in Wood’s detailed map of 1784 of the European Settlement in Calcutta. Several streets and buildings that the map depicted still survive, albeit in different names. You will learn about the history of the city following the Battle of Plassey when Calcutta emerged as the “Second City of the British Empire”, pass by Calcutta’s infamous opium exchange which features prominently in Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy, take a peek at the Company Stables, walk by the Raj Bhavan, and hear the curious story of one specific late 19th century trash-can.

Friday, 12th Jan (7:00 - 9.30 am)

South Park Street Cemetery Walk
In this walk we take you inside the South Park Street Cemetery, the largest non-church cemetery outside the Anglo-American world in the 19th century, where you learn about life and death in colonial Calcutta and and identify different types of grave architecture; visit the graves of pioneering personalities like Sir William Jones, Colin MacKenzie, Henry Louis Vivian De Rosario (Derozio); hear the story of the “most beautiful girl in Calcutta” in the late 18th century and learn about the hair-raising mission of a British envoy to Tibet.

Saturday, 13th Jan (8.30 - 10.30 am)

The Pilgrim’s Trail: Chitpore Road Walk
Chitpore Road is older than Calcutta. Under the East India Company’s rule, this part of Kolkata was known as “native/black” town where both poor and affluent Indians lived. We will walk this historic route to explore its colourful past. The tour will take you through Kumartuli, the hub of the skilled idol-makers. You will visit some of the oldest surviving temples in the city, as well as the famous Sobhabazar Rajbari, home of Raja Nabakrishna Deb. We will talk about the history of early printing in this area, and see how Chitpore Road was perceived in the vernacular literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Sunday, 14th Jan (7.00 - 9.30 am)

In addition to this Flying Squirrel Holidays will also present the session Travel and the Pleasures of Leisure on January 12, Friday, at 11am at the Oxford Pavilion of the St. Paul’s Cathedral Lawns. In this session award-winning Australian writer Robert Dessaix will be in conversation with novelists Chandrahas Choudhury and Prajwal Parajuly. The session will be moderated by author and journalist Sandip Roy. H.E. Ms. Harinder Sindhu, High Commissioner of Australia, will be the chief guest of the session.


We look forward to all your active participation.


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