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About Kolkata

Hi, I am Indranil, Ex-Student of Haldia Institute of Technology and Hindu School. I love Kolkata and I like to see the glamour of Kolkata and beauty of Kolkata. Do you want to know something about Kolkata? Let me introduce with you to Kolkata. Kolkata, formally Calcutta was just a village by the Hooghly river. In 1690, Job Charnok, an agent of the East India Company chose this place for a British trade settlement. It was flanked by the Hooghly River on the west, a creek on the north, and Salt lake about two and a half miles to the east. The large villages of Sutanuti, Gobindapur and Kalikata along the east bank of the river Ganga were bought by the British from local land lords. The Mughal emperor granted East India Company freedom of trade in return for a yearly payment of three thousand rupees. There were two successive change of rule in the years 1756 and 1757. In 1756 Siraj-ud-daullah, nawab of Bengal, attacked the city and captured the fort. Kolkata was recaptured in 1757 by Robert Clive when the British defeated Siraj-ud-daullah on the battle field of Plassy (Palashi).

As Kolkata is near the sea, the city has uniform temperature throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 14-25°C in the winter and 23-36°C in the summer. Annual rainfall is around 160 cm. Humidity level can be very high in the summers. Cotton clothing is ideal for the summer months whereas light woolens are required for the winters.

Kolkata has the area of 1,380 Sq. Km. and it is 17 ft above the sea level.

Today, it ranks among the four major metropolis of India along with Delhi, Mumbai, and Chennai. A mere village in the 17th century, Kolkata is not an ancient city like Delhi. Like Mumbai and Chennai, it originated largely due to the expansionist ambitions of the European powers, especially the British Raj. Little wonder, Calcutta- Kolkata has some of the finest Raj edifices built in a variety of styles.

Kolkata comes alive during the 10-day long Durga Puja that is celebrated in the months of October/November. The entire city takes off for almost a week for the festivities and large pandals with large idols of Goddess Durga are set up all over the city. Everyone comprises long cultural evenings, feasts of traditional cuisine, showing off a newly acquired wardrobe, and generally enjoying oneself with friends and family.

The Kolkata Book Fair has become a part of the cultural calendar of Kolkata.This annual event takes off from the last Wednessday of January of every year and runs for 10 days. The Fair ground has Monmarte, where poets and painters are assembling daily to give vent to their feelings. In the Fair ground also painters painting and selling their wares.

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