Visiting Bandel: Home to Church, Temples, and Mosque

In the hectic personal and professional schedule, there is hardly any time for traveling these days. Whatever free time I actually get is invested in reading books, watching movies, listening to music or playing with the four-legged brat. Nevertheless, after having been told for years to visit Bandel, because of its prime attraction, I got a chance to visit it a few days ago.  Only for 3 hours, Bandel has left a strong imprint on my memory. If you are like me with less or no free time in hand and yet want to explore the maximum; here are five things that you can do in Bandel – in only 3 hours!

Pray at the altar of the Bandel Church:

Back Entrance to Bandel Church 

For someone who had heard of the place for years, I was actually quite stunned to see that it was probably the most occupied and active church I have ever been to. With hundreds of locals and tourists coming to visit the Church by the river Hooghly, it surely has its own charm. The entrance pathway is full of sculptures and statues while the walls adorn its history. The balcony encloses a quiet sitting area with a wishing fountain and statues of the Lord. The main altar, though cannot be photographed is beautifully decorated with paintings of Christ depicting his journey. What one must not miss is the mast of the ship which had wrecked near the Hooghly River. Although a huge replica greets the visitors, the original is placed in a glass case beside it. You can also take a stroll along the garden path beside the church and soak in the cool river breeze in the month humid month of September. If you would like to know its history, it is available on the official website.

Replica and room (behind) having original shipwreck mast

Savour delicious food in the local eateries:

If you do not have a sensitive stomach, gorging on the delicious food by the roadside eateries are a must. Small tourist lodges and cabins, at times two-storeys in the make, housing plastic/ wooden chairs and tables mushroom around every tourist spot.  Though their elaborate menu presents vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes with hordes of sweets; it is always better to ask them ‘What Really is available?’.  In my case from the extravagant menu, all that was available were paratha, chicken, and paneer!

Hungry Kya? 

Take a Toto Ride through the lanes:

Sometimes you just need to go with the flow of the place to soak in its beauty. That is precisely why I took a toto ride to my next destination. If you want to explore hidden corners of Bandel, some which probably do not find a space on maps, this is one of the best ways- the other of course is walking! From old mansions and houses, to what seems like centuries-old trees will line your path. Your senses would intake the aroma of fresh cooking, dampened earth or just about anything. You can hear hushed voices and whispers before a leisurely afternoon nap. Street cricket or just playing with a ball keeping children busy on a summer afternoon are various sights that you can take in till you reach your destination, which in my case was the Hangseshwari Temple.

Terracotta Temple on the way

Transport yourself to Istanbul:

Hangseshwari Temple

Had there been the real existence of the world of magic then the gates of the Hangseshwari Temple would have surely transported you to either Hogwarts; or on a more realistic level to the Hagia Sophia Museum in Turkey, Istanbul. The Temple is named after Rani Hangseshwari, the mother of the Nrisinha Deb Roy and the Kali Deity inside the premise is worshipped as Maa Hangseshwari.

Ananta Basudeva Temple

But what is more fascinating is the Ananta Basudeva Temple beside it,  within the same complex. Paneled with pure terracotta designs, depicting scenes from Ramleela, Mahabharata, Ramayana, the dance of the celestial apsaras and even the Kamasutra;  the smaller yet more compact temple is a pleasure to the eyes.

Inscription depicting information on the construction of the temple
The terracotta pillars and panels of the temple
Panel depicting mythological scenes
Panel depicting Raasleela
Glimpse of the Raajbari from the Temple

This or That:

Zafar Khan Ghazi Dargah and Masjid

The Zafar Khan Ghazi Dargah and Masjid is by far the most captivating tourist spot. Said to have been built on the ruins of an ancient Vishnu Temple, the premise is an unexplainable amalgamation of both cultures. On entering the premise you would be greeted by the Dargah. Do keep an eye on the gates and outer walls of the Dargah for ancient Hindu temple deity panels. A little further on is the Masjid proper, again adorning terracotta works among others. No proper records of the temple, its construction, and any other information have been confirmed till date, though research is on.

The Walls of the Dargah
Panel Sculptures on the Dargah Walls 

Bandel is almost 40 km away from Kolkata by train. With around 28 local trains passing by. It is also equally accessible by bus and car.  Also, for a broke traveler like me whose every penny is spent on books, the place is quite reasonable to go around with only 2k on you. It is suggested to carry an umbrella, mineral water, and walking shoes. Next time you are in Bandel, do look up these places. Also, the locals are friendly and always want to give you extra tips on what to see and what not along with a free dose of history!

Paridhi – A Technological Bonanza

Image Courtesy: MSIT

Meghnad Saha Insititute of Technology is back with the Sixth Edition of it’s Annual Techno- Management fest which is organized by the technical wing of the college, MEGATRONIX. Paridhi is a college fest which brings forth an opportunity for students to challenge and test themselves against a vast range of  events.This year the fest  is back with 41 events and the teams not only compete with colleges of Kolkata but also the best and toughest teams across the whole country. Megatronix,the Technical Club of Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology invites each and every student to this college fest Paridhi on 18 th ,19 th and 20 th of March,2017.

This year come over to push your limits and win exciting and beautiful prizes as Harder the Battle,The Sweeter is the Victory. Some of the interesting events are Game of Death,Chanakyeeti,Pool-O-Soccer,SOS,Royal Rumble and many more which are a craze amongst the students of Kolkata and even outside the State.The manual Robotics events include Horror House and Game of Death.1 st years have a coding event called Code-off- Beta,Pandora’s Box,Bug Hunt,Droid-Up and Web-Head.They have a Business Plan event for the budding entrepreneurs as well.The events start from 10 am in the morning with a break at 2pm in between for an hour and then again continues till 6pm in the evening.

Image Courtesy: MSIT

The fest is powered by T2. The event has education partners like Oracle Academy,Erudite,Time, ICFAI Business School,Endeavor. Pizza Hut is the food partner while the publicity partners are Siti Events,Cashtag and London -Paris Multiplex. Coca-Cola are the beverage partners; 91.9 Friends FM, the Radio Partners and Wedding Rings, the Photography Partners. NACS and Shop-inway are the co-sponsors and Net Wizard Technologies are the Coding partners. The online partners include KNOWAFEST.COM,DARE2COMPLETE.COM,BTECHJOSH.COM,KOLKATA BLOGGERS,

The link of the college website is .

So this 18th ,19th and 20th of March come and witness a high tide of technological extravaganza at our own state and get ready to have a gala time.We hope to see all of you there.


Author Bio:

This blog is written by Progya Baul ,a first year student of Loreto College Kolkata pursuing her degree in Economics.She has a passion for acting and reviewing and writing about food has been her latest fancy too. She is currently pursuing her internship with the Kolkata Bloggers and has written the post on behalf of Kolkata Bloggers who are the online and publicity partners of the event.

Progya Baul: Photo Courtesy: Sabyasachi

The Chhapakkhana Trail: 2017

Kolkata is a city with an unending lineage of history, culture and literature. Unfortunately, some of these rich heritages are getting lost in the sands of time. The Future of the Past tried to revive and uphold the strong erstwhile printing communities through its Chhapakkhana Trail. According to Paramita Saha, “The Future of the Past is all about how do we make young people think about their past. How to make them a little sort of curious about what our history holds.” Through the Chhapakkhana Trail, the entire team has been very fruitful in instilling the curiosity regarding the history of printing press in Kolkata among not only the youth but also in those who are a generation older. The walk was researched & curated by Priyanka Chatterjee. Walk 3 (the one I attended) was conducted by Sarbajit Mitra & Anirban MondalIt was an almost two-hour walk stretching for a kilometre and a half; beginning at the Coffee House and ending at the Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar Smriti Bhavan.

Before I actually talk about the walk I would give a small introduction regarding the history of press in Kolkata. In 1777, James Augustus Hickey started printing military bills and batta forms for the East India Company on a contract basis from the earliest known printing press in Calcutta. In 1778, to give competition to Hickey, the East India Company appointed one of its writers Charles Wilkinson as the Superintendent of the Honourable Company’s Press. Thereafter in 1778 was published the Hickey’s Bengal Gazette, the first known Indian Newspaper. In 1800 the Baptist Mission Press was set up in Serampore and Fort William, Calcutta. With this historical background on the press of Calcutta, I would now proceed to describe the Chhapakkhana Trail in greater details.

Coffee House, Kolkata Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar

The trail started at the Indian Coffee House. It is one of the classic heritage spots of Kolkata and even after decades, it has an unfazed charm about it which attracts the youth and elders to its doors everyday. The main landmarks visited during this trail are detailed below:

  1. Boi Chitra: The literal meanings of the words are books and pictures because the place used to be a studio.This is a studio belonging to Charuchandra Guha and he was one of the earliest photographers who mastered over portraits and group photos. If you take a look at the group photos at Presidency College or Medical College, there are a number of group photos taken by Charuchandra Guha.” Said our guide Sarbojit. Unfortunately, photography was prohibited inside .
  2. History of the Renaissance Publishing: Today, 15, Bankim Chatterjee St, College Square is synonymous to Coffee House. But years before coffee-house came into existence, the building housed several printing presses of Calcutta, some of these are still functional. Renaissance Press was founded by Manobendranath Ray (he changed his name from Narendranath Bhattacharya in order to escape from the police). During the First World War he went to Germany and smuggled arms for the revolutionaries in Calcutta, then he went to Russia but escaped after Stalin took over and finally ended up in Mexico where he founded the Communist party of Mexico. He came back to Calcutta and “started a publishing house called the Renaissance Publishing which was mostly dedicated to publishing books on revolutionary activities on sociology, history” and the likes.

    Sarbojit talking to the audience about Renaissance Publications. Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar
  3. History of 15, Bankim Chatterjee St: The original building belonged to Ram Kamal Sen, one of the founding members of Hindu College which later went on to become the Presidency University. His nephew Keshob Chandra Sen founded the Albert Institute in the building. This institute was used for holding political meetings and discussing agendas. Thereafter, it was used as the Town Hall. Legends like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose had delivered speeches in the building. The erstwhile building was deconstructed in the 1940’s and a new building was constructed. It was acquired by the Coffee Board of India and till date houses the Indian Coffee House. The premises had housed many significant printing presses like Chukraverty and Chatterjee and Rupa and Co.
  4. Sanskrit College: Just across the Road lies the Sanskrit College. The most famous personality associated with it is Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar , who was primarily a student , then a professor and later on became the principal. When the Hindu College started in 1817, the premises of the present day Sanskrit College was used until it shifted to where it stands now since the year 1850.

    Outside Sanskrit College. Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar
  5. Cygnet Press: In Bengal, not much attention was given to designing a book, or on designing new forms of fonts or typefaces. So, in this regard Cygnet is very important as one of first publishing institutes of Bengal. It was founded by Dilip Kumar Guha (DKG). He gave special attention in designing books, designing covers, initiating new type faces and also in encouraging poetry books. Satyajit Ray became a known face as a cover/book designer. He used to work for the Cygnet press. His titles are being republished now by Cygnet. Other major designers who worked for Cygnet press were Ananda Munshi, Purnendu Potri . However Cygnet press did not meet commercial success for long and by 70’s or 80’s it was already a dying institution. It ran till 90’s and then they had to shut the shop. Recently, Ananda publishers took over and reopened it.”

    In front of Cygnet Press. Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Datta
  6. History of Sanjibani Press: While the Kolkata Corporation has named the house to be that of Rishi Aurobindo, it originally belonged to Krishno Kumar Mitra who was a Brahmo reformer. He founded the Sanjibani Press and also the Sanjibani periodical. This periodical became one of the mouth pieces of the Nationalists in the 1890’s and the 1900’s. Aurobindo was his nephew. He was active in politics during the first decade of the 19th century. He took shelter in a lot of houses near the area including the house of Kesto Kumar Mitra.

    In front of the memorial outside Krishna Kumar Mitra’s House Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Datta
  7. Baptist Missions Students Hall: This particular building was founded in 1916. It was founded by the Baptist Mission’s Press as a mace or boarding house for the students who were studying in Colleges around this region. Baptist Mission Church founded one of the oldest printing press in Bengal. It was located in what is now the AJC Bose Road. “The Baptist Mission Church is very much there. But the almost 150 years old press was demolished in the 1880’s to make way for the Jugantar building.The Baptist Mission press has to its credits a lion share of books that were published in the 19th Century Bengal including those from the Asiatic Society or other major institutions.” 

    Outside The Baptist Mission Students Hall Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Datta
  8. Press 1: Potuatala Lane , Galley Typeset:  Potuatala Lane derived its name from the community of painters who originally lived there. This lane is important for two reasons. First, a lot of students boarding houses are located here because this area is located midway from the Sealdah Station and the college Para. Second,this is also the location of a number of the old letter presses. We have identified four such presses. So, here we will visit one of these surviving printing presses. This letter-press made Galley letter type setting. A live demonstration as to how they produce the type setting is given below.
    Live Demonstration of Type-setting . Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Datta

  9. Press 2: 54/1 Potua Lane Kolkata 700009 , Gold Foil Printing: So if a letter is in gold, then they used to make it via Gold leaves which are rare. This involved minimum contact with air as it can evaporate when exposed to the air for a long time. So now the technology has changed a lot. But they still use Gold plates and coverings to make this type of Gold Foil printings. Interestingly, in the movie Aparajaita Satyajit Ray used this junction to show a visibly confused Appu , new to the city looking for his boarding house. Other than that one of the other houses shown in the background belonged to Taranath Tarka Bachespati, who was a lexicographer. He was the first to file out Sanskrit Dictionary. He was also a close aid of Vidyasagar in the widow remarriage movement.
    Samples of Gold Foil Printing Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar

    Taranath Tarka Bachespati’s House Photo Courtesy: Nilanjan Basu
  10. The House of Trailokhonath Mukhopadhyay: Trailokhonath Mukhopadhyay introduced fantasy fiction in Bengali. He used to write between 1890’s and 1910. He was famous for characters like Domrudhar and Kankabati. Kankabati was kind of inspired from Alice in Wonderland. But there was more to him, as he was professionally a curator of the International Exhibition that was organised by the British Government or the colonial government in France or Germany. One such exhibition gave way to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He was the first to do a lot of survey of cottage industries that existed in India. He was also associated with the gazetteers. So he did a lot of survey works. He visited Europe and published a memoir: ‘My Visit to Europe’. Parimal Goswami, the famous Bengali author translated that book to Bengali.
  11. Press 3: Narshingha Lane: Etching: Anirban explained that “Etching is a particular procedure where you have to use some kind of metal. They are going to plot a process using different types of chemical powder and acids. So the type face came out of the metal. Then they used ink on it and then just pressed it on the paper. Though all these forms are dying forms of printing but still they have some engagements or assignments. “

    Live Demonstration of printing. Photo Courtesy: Nilanjan Basu
  12. Hindu Academy: The Hindu academy was where Mahendranath Gupta was a teacher. He was a disciple of Ramakrishna and he compiled his Gospels and published it as Ramakrishna KothaAmrito which has been a perennial bestseller here since the 1880’s.

    Hindu Academy Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar
  13. Residence of Hemendra Mohan Bose:  This building was the residence of Hemendra Mohan Bose or H. Bose. He was an investor in the perfumery business. He founded the Kuntalin Press which used to encourage publication of novels and other literary fiction. He also introduced the first Literary Award in India- The Kuntalin Award. One became eligible for the award if the literary fiction has mention of any of his products just like product placement. Notable awardees were Jagadish Chandra Bose, and  Sarat Chandra Chatterjee . He encouraged cycling in India and pioneered a cycling club. He was the first Indian to open a car showroom; to promote recording in India even before the Gramaphone Company or the HMV came into existence. His sons were also quite illustrious. Nitin Bose was one of the first famous film directors in Bombay. He was one of the Awardees of the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Mukul Bose was a pioneer in sound engineering in India. He also became quite an important figure in the Indian Film Industry. Kartik Bose was a legendary cricketer. He played for the Bengal team in 1939 and won the first Ranji Trophy. He closely missed out playing for India as he had surpassed the age. But later became a famous coach for the Cricket Club of India. He had a cricket pitch inside this house which is now being used as the car park. Malati Ghoshal, one of his daughters was a famous Rabindra Sangeet Performer during her time. A nephew of this family was Satyajit Ray.

    Residence of H.Bose Photo Courtesy: Nilanjan Basu

As the Chhapakkhana Trail came to a conclusion at the Vidyasagar Smriti Bhavan, an array of performances and live demonstrations awaited us. From viewing through a bioscope to playing simple games at the garden; from watching a typesetter at work to seeing wooden impressions hand carved in front of our eyes, from an amazing performance by the veterans and the youth brigadiers of Poetry Paradigm to designing our own block carvings; these activities engaged the guests throughout the evening.

Block Printing at VidyaSagar Smriti Bhavan Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar
Gold Foil Printing Photo Courtesy: Sagnik Karmakar

In the end I would like to Congratulate The Future of the Past for presenting such a well researched walk on the lost heritage of Kolkata. True to their motto of creating space to arouse curiosity in young minds regarding their heritage, The Future of the Past has lived up to it till the very end. This post would be incomplete without mentioning the Kolkata Bloggers. They had partnered up for the event and I feel considerably lucky to have been joining the trail as a representative of the blogging community from the Kolkata Bloggers. Most of the members are extremely passionate about the city and of Kolkata’s rich legacy. Thus to be able to partner an event like this would definitely not only professional but also very emotional for this institution.  I personally look forward to many such collaborations in future between The Future of the Past and the Kolkata Bloggers to divert the young minds towards the rich heritage of the City of Joy.


6 Alternate Things to do in Stratford- Upon -Avon

In my last post, I highlighted the main attraction of Stratford-Upon-Avon (SUA) which includes the mesmerizing history of being William Shakespeare, the legendary bard. But this place has many more attractions apart from being the birthplace of the legend. My adventures took me to a few amazing places. Thus, without much ado, let us embark upon some exciting adventures in this beautiful city.

1.Butterfly Farm:

Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon

 I have always been neutral to butterflies. For me, for a long time, they were only beautiful subjects of photography. But a visit to the Butterfly farm changed it all. A short walk from the Avon Canals would lead you to this beautiful museum and butterfly breeding centre. A nominal fee depending on whether you are a student, senior citizen or general visitor would let you enter this museum. If you take your camera along with you (like I did) be sure that your camera is able to withstand heat, as the museum is artificially heated to make it comfortable for the butterflies inside.

The moment I entered the museum, I saw garden paths winding its ways about in serpentine motion. The green foliage of trees were marked be beautiful hues of blooming flowers and on those flowers sat hundreds of butterflies each one of a different species. There were fruits and flowers kept on tables at a distance where the butterflies made themselves comfortable. Statues resembling the Incas were placed at intervals to give the museum an interesting look. There were also seats for the visitors to sit and enjoy the beauty of the multi-colored wings flapping all around. Little boards mentioned the names of each of the species along with some general information about them.

I could see young children chasing the butterflies and parents running after them to get them back on the path, lest they disappear within the thick foliage of trees. The museum had butterflies from all parts of the world. It has a breeding center where pupils were kept to mature into butterflies. I could see people walking about in all directions with their cameras and phones in order to catch a few shots of these beautiful creatures. Some of the butterflies even came and sat on my hands and head which excited a group of children around me. They extended their hands to get the butterflies to sit on them and were very happy when some of them did.

2. Remembrance Garden:

Remembrance Garden
Remembrance Garden

 The remembrance garden is situated right outside the Hall’s Croft. It is a small  garden with benches to sit and relax. Usually, the people take a little halt in this garden while exploring the city to rest their weary legs and continue on with their journey. During dawn and dusk you would find people taking their regular evening walks in the garden and might end up chatting with some friendly locals of this town.

 3. Avon Canal and Markets:

Sights along the Avon Canal
Sights along the Avon Canal

 The Avon canal is one of the main attractions of this town. It flows swiftly through the beautiful town and its banks are always filled with a lot of activities. You can hire boats for boating, opt for a group tour of the river on a chartered boat, take a look at the vibrant weekend markets on the banks , stroll about on the beautiful gardens or sit quietly under a try to gorge on some amazing snacks. On my first glimpse I was stunned to see people gorging on great snacks but could not see any restaurant. It was then that I figured out that most of the boats parked along one side of the canal were makeshift takeaway food centers. I got my lunch sorted from one of those boats and it tasted delicious.

 4. Tudor Museum:

Tudor World
Tudor World

 ‘Tudor World’ was a sudden discovery while I was walking along the city. Located near the Avon Canal just off the main street, this beautiful museum is known to be the most haunted place in the UK. In fact, there are evening ghost tours conducted on most days and weekends after 7 pm. Unfortunately, since I had to board my return coach at 5 pm I missed the tour but the museum itself was a great experience.

The cobbled stone pathways that lead you to the reception; and middle aged man waiting for you there, all added to the aura of the museum. From the entrance to the reception, the short walk gave you the feel of the place. The large walls covered with decaying creepers, and the rusted windows with faces peering at you, can make you uncomfortable at times. The old tube well, which seemed to have been well out of use for a century and the scattered carts with half-finished pots welcomed me to the museum. A nominal entrance fee was charged for the maintenance of the museum and I was let in to explore the Tudor World on my own.

The exhibits have been recreated to look like the Tudor times. You can actually go and touch them, smell them and even sit on the bed to experience the feel of the era. For it was all about photographing them and getting to know about the times.

 5. Hop- on Hop- Off City Tour:

Famous Heritage Sights of Stratford Upon Avon
Famous Heritage Sights of Stratford Upon Avon

 As with most cities of the UK, which offers Hop-On Hop-Off bus service, SUA also as its own city tours. The tickets can be bought at the bus stop directly and no prior bookings are required. The tour covers all the major Shakespearean attractions including the farms, theatre and Avon canals. As usual there are bus stops to get down at a particular attraction and then catch the next bus to continue with your journey.

 6. Take a walk along the streets of this historical place:

Sights on the Streets
Sights on the Streets

 One of the best ways to explore a new city is to take a walk along it streets. It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do. As long as you have a map, which is essential lest you lose your way; it is recommended to take a walk. While I was taking my walk, I figured some interesting facts about the city. Many of the pubs and restaurants are named after the characters created by Shakespeare. Most of the houses including the official district administration, residences and offices have the rustic look of Victorian Age buildings.  In fact, during my walk, I even spotted a skull hanging out from one of the windows Wonder why that was kept there? It wasn’t Halloween when I went.

I would be back again with some of my other adventures, till then leaving you with one of my favorite photos from this beautiful town.

Stratford Upon Avon: Home of the Bard

William Shakespeare is an unforgettable part of English Literature. For generations before us and for generations after, his tragedies and comedies would continue to inspire people. It would illustrate the relevance of his characters composed in the sixteenth century compared to modern-day people. Sharp orators like Octavius, shrewd and cunning wives like Lady Macbeth, over ambitious betrayers like Macbeth would come and go but what would remain sacrosanct is the literary predictions of these personalities that Shakespeare made centuries ago. To understand his literature, it is equally important to understand the man himself and what better to know him from his birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon.

My passion for both literature and travelling lead me to Stratford-upon-Avon on a bright sunny day. This adventure, in true sense, was my first solo trip in the UK. Upon looking at the itinerary at the International Society Website, I immediately booked a ticket for myself. Thus, we set out on a bright sunny morning from Manchester to Stratford-Upon-Avon. It was a two and half hour journey down South to reach our destination. After reaching the city, we were left on our own to explore this beautiful place for the day. Stratford is a small town pertaining mostly to the ideologies of Shakespeare but there are a few other amazing places to visit too. This post would highlight only regarding Shakespeare while the next would deal with the other amazing places to see in this city.

I had chosen four very specific places to visit: – Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft and Shakespeare’s Grave apart from having an exterior view of the Theatres while walking around the city.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace:


The first Shakespeare property that I visited was the house where the famous bard was born. The aura and charm of the house was so sophisticated dated back to the century that he was born, that it almost felt like a portal to the past. Upon entering the gates, at the reception area, excerpts from his dramas were being played. A large display screen showed clips from movies as well. I entered the garden walkway on leaving the reception. The garden was unique in the most interesting way possible. A large board across the garden had all his dramas shortened and visually represented for the visitors to see and read.img_5031

A large pulpit was constructed at one side where actors dressed themselves up as the characters of his play and entertained the guests with monologues and scenes from Hamlet. The ushers in the main building were dressed up in Tudor costumes and narrated the rich history of the house to the onlookers.img_5035

The main highlight of the house was the room where Shakespeare was born.  In fact, the window of this room has been specially preserved. Many actors who have played any character from his dramas have actually come and signed on the window making it all the more special.img_5047

The reconstructed window now overlooks an all year Christmas Market on the opposite footpath. This market is opened 365 days a year selling Christmas curios to the tourists and locals.img_5016

Another interesting display of this house was the glove making chamber. William Shakespeare’s father was a glove maker. His chamber was filled with glove making equipments and ready gloves basking in the sun. The last stop in Shakespeare’s Birthplace was the amazing gift shop which had postcards and books with phrases and scenes printed from his comedies and tragedies.

Shakespeare’s New Place:


Most of us knew Shakespeare as one of the greatest playwrights the world could ever be gifted; but very few know that he was a family man too. Not only did he marry Anne Hathaway and have three children, but also he was a loving husband and a doting father. He was born in his father home (Shakespeare’s Birthplace) but created his own family home a little further from his childhood home. This family home dated from 1597 to 1616 is called Shakespeare’s New Place. The entrance to this house has been reconstructed to give it the form of a modern-day gate. But I could very well feel the vibe of crossing a threshold on which stood the main gate to this house years ago. Upon entering I found myself strolling on the garden. This garden was huge and various trees were planted in it. It was also interspersed with various sculptures. His chair and desk, sitting on which the ideas of many a great tragedies and comedies came to him was also on display. I had thought the garden ended here, but to prove me wrong the path extended and lead to another garden, bigger than the former. This one called, the Great Garden was the largest surviving structure of the original house.img_5067

After exploring the gardens at leisure I walked into the house itself. The house has been converted into a museum and hosts permanent and temporary display throughout Shakespeare’s days as a writer. From rekindling his way of working to the inspirations behind the characters he created all found a place in this exquisite museum. In fact, some of the displays even contained actual objects from the house before its re-construction.

Shakespeare’s Will 

Hall’s Croft:


Further down the road from the New Place, I found myself standing outside the beautiful cottage of John Hall’s Croft. This was the house of Shakespeare’s son-in-law and daughter Susanna. It was active from 1614-1951 before finally being given away to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; the organisation responsible for the maintenance and tours of the Shakespeare properties throughout this city. The house mainly had day-to-day objects in display reflecting on the lives of his daughter and son-in-law. But the major highlight was the room in which Susanna gave birth to her daughter Elizabeth.  


 Shakespeare’s Grave/ The Holy Trinity Church:


A two minutes walk from Hall’s Croft lead me to the most coveted destination of my trip Shakespeare’s Grave inside the Holy Trinity Church. The moment I entered the church grounds, the beautiful walkway surrounded by numerous graves on both sides greeted me. The interiors of the church were strikingly beautiful. The atmosphere was filled with peacefulness and solitude. The many visitors inside the church were admiring the wall murals and frescoes.img_5114

I wondered about the church in awe for sometime before realising that I had come for the grave. But I was taken for a surprise when I saw Anne Hathaway, Susanna and Hall Croft’s graves as well lying beside that of Shakespeare. His tombstone said,

                                “Good Friend for Jesus’ sake Forbear,

                                  To Dig the Dust Enclosed Here.

                                  Blessed be the Man that spares these stones,  

                                  And cursed be he that moves my bones. “




I must admit that it took me a while to get out of the beauty of the church. But I had to move onto my next destination. Though, I did not have the time to actually go and watch a theatre but that was no excuse for not having even walked past the Swan Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Gower Memorial:


The roads lead me to the Avon Canals and to my last Shakespeare related destination: The Shakespeare Memorial. This memorial was a unique columnar structure made of five sculptures. Sitting in the middle of the structure was Shakespeare himself peering over the mighty characters of Lady Macbeth, Prince Hamlet, Falstaff and Prince Hal that he created. Built in 1888, it is also known as the Gower Memorial. Each sculpture represents a theme- Lady Macbeth represents tragedy, Falstaff represents comedy and Hamlet and Prince Hal are the symbols of Philosophy and history respectively.

Other places to see: Apart from the ones mentioned above, the two other heritage sites to see are Mary Arden’s Tudor Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. In fact, you can actually purchase an all property entry ticket which would enable you to visit all five of Shakespeare’s properties in town. In case you would want to visit only the three I have visited you can settle for a different clubbed ticket too. Their prices would vary depending on the type of tickets and entries to the number of properties you are looking for.

My travels in Stratford -Upon- Avon certainly did not stop at these Shakespeare’s properties and I would be back soon with the non-Shakespeare related things to do in this lovely city.


Bury: Art, Memories and Black Pudding

I have a habit of picking up brochures about interesting places, tours, exhibitions, walks and so on. Thus, while browsing one such brochure, I came across the Bury Art Museum. Having done further research it was revealed that Bury is not very far from Manchester and can be easily squeezed into a day trip. What was even better was that the Bury Art Museum and The Fusilier Museum were both a two minutes walk from the bus station.  Hence, without much ado, I choose a bright weekend and boarded the bus to Bury. If you are travelling from Manchester, then the buses 163 and 135 leaving from Church Street are the best buses to catch.

The Metropolitan Borough of Bury rests on the bank of River Irwell. It is most famous for its Bury Markets, museums, arts and culture and of course the Black Pudding. In fact, former Bury resident Sir Robert peel had also served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Bury is well-connected to nearby boroughs through buses and metro links (trams)  I had gone in mind to visit the Bury Art Museum and The Fusilier Museum. Unfortunately, time did not permit me to stay and visit the open air markets or taste the black pudding as it started raining with thunderstorms.

Bury Art Museum:

One of the most famous art museums in the UK, the Bury Art museum was formerly known as the Bury Museum and Art Gallery before being given its revised name in 2011. The gallery consists of over 200 paintings and sculptures including water colours, oil paintings and sketches. Here are glimpses of some of the best photographs. The section I liked the most was the exhibition of a local photography competition. The photographs were truly inspiring and there was so much to learn about the technique from each of those photographs. At times, it seems that the vision is more important than the camera but one cannot rule out the improvement in the quality of the photographs due to a better camera. The Bury Art Museum is free to enter and would take around an hour and a half to visit all the galleries of photographs, paintings and sculptures. There is a souvenir shop that you can visit to get little tit bits for yourself. You can also order prints if you would like to have them for your personal collections. That apart, you can enjoy some tasty dishes in the local café.

The Fusilier Museum:

This museum commemorates the more than 300 years of history of the Lancashire Regiment. With the history of the Lancashire Regiment and the World Wars, it is an interesting museum to dig up the past and see how the brave hearts who fought for the country survived and lived. With almost human –like figurines at the exhibitions, at times you get confused whether they are humans or statues. The various artefacts of those days help us in transporting back to those times and almost reliving them. The Fusilier Museum is just opposite the Bury Art Museum. There is a nominal fee of 4.95 for adults and 3.95 for children and concessions. The ticket is valid for twelve months from the date of purchase. When in the museum, you must have a look at the beautiful gardens with gravestones, sculptures and beautiful daffodils in bloom.


Bury is a lovely place to take a walk around in the city centre. As the bus station and both the museums are just in the city centre, we decided to have a little walk around before catching the bus back home. The Bury Church which was unfortunately closed is another must if you love to steal sometime and spend it in the quaint company of the almighty. You can also visit the World Famous Bury markets and pick up little souvenirs for yourself and of course try the black pudding. The Railway Museum is also another place worth visiting but it is more towards the interior of Bury and you would need to catch another bus or a cab to go to the museum.

Bury is a nice place to spend some time with friends and family. It is a melting pot of history and culture. I would not recommend spending the night here unless you have friends or relatives  but I would certainly recommend a day trip covering all the main sites and activities as it is totally worth it.

Legendary Llandudno

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli 

After spending a great time  exploring Cardiff, we called it a day . We had a train at 5 am and were well aware of the fact that our breakfast and half of our sleep would have to be continued in the train. After bidding goodbye to Cardiff,  we decided to take a quick nap to greet Llandudno with high spirits and enthusiasm. It was a long train journey – almost four hours and I stayed awake only to take some photographs of the sunrise (probably my second sunrise in the UK 😛 ) and a sneak peek of the beautiful Tintern Abbey. Of course, the main Abbey was far from the train station but the fact that I got to see the land on which William Wordsworth composed Tintern Abbey , even from a distance, is an honour in its own way. 

“A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. “- Lao Tzu 

Unlike the day before, where most of the time was spent travelling , today we reached before 10 am and had the whole day to explore the seaside and the city. Llandudno is a very small city consumed by the beach and the pier. Most of the economy runs by through the hostels, lodges, restaurants and tourist curio shops. It was impossible to roam around with our luggage thus we requested our hostel (Llandudno Hostel) to let us keep the baggage and set out to explore the city on foot. It is best to acquire a map of the city but even if you don’t have one, it would not be very difficult to navigate your way . 

We headed to the beach to soak in the essence of the beautiful day and some sunlight (which is rare). This photograph was taken at the Llandudno Promenade. Most of the buildings in the photograph are hostels and hotels for the tourists. Notice, how they are all painted in pastel shades. It is because by the rule of the Government they are to stick to the pastel shades. Further, the houses are not very tall – at a glance around three storeys.  Again by the Rule of the Government the houses were not to exceed the breadth of the adjoining streets and thus they are not very high. 

This is the Llandudno pier. It hosts many curio shops, restaurants and activity centres for the children. I would highly recommend stopping by to enjoy a nice scoop of flavoured clotted cream ice cream. In fact, you might often find a nice nook and corner saving yourself from the prowling eyes of the seagulls and enjoy the ice cream. Oh yes Seagulls eat ice cream too and they do enjoy it 😛 . 

We had not planned our day at all. After walking for a while we figured out that hourly Hop- On Hop- Off buses leave from the Promenade and so we hopped on one of them. It takes a nominal fee of £7 -£10 and tickets can be purchased on spot. The running commentary on the bus gave various historical information about the place and introduced those customs and stories which are not even found in the hundreds of internet pages. Below, is a photograph of the West Shore of the city.

This structure was the erstwhile tram/train station. After the introduction of the bus in the city, it was closed down. Interestingly, it is assumed that the last tram/train driver became the first bus driver .

This play park and the adjoining residential area hints of Romanian architecture. This is because the, then Queen was close to the Romanian Royal family and thus Llandudno has  glimpses of Romanian architecture in certain parts of the city like this.

Llandudno and its adjoining lands were owned by the elite Mostyn family. This particular grave is the family grave of the Mostyn family.

The great Conwy Castle is a must when in Llandudno. The Hop -on Hop- Off bus has a stop in the Conwy Castle and those who wish to explore it more closely are welcome to get down here and board the next bus to continue  their journey. Apart from the castle itself, one can take some time out and explore the town of Conwy. Let me be honest, the grand architecture of the Conwy Castle was what attracted me  in the first place. Due to non availability of accommodation in Conwy we decided to stay in Llandudno and pay this castle a visit.

This is a skyline shot of the narrowest doorway in the world. I had seen the tallest doorway in Fatehpur Sikhri, India and then I saw the narrowest one in Wales. In fact, just before this doorway approaches, the audio guide mentions safety precautions as it is indeed difficult for the bus  to go through this narrow doorway without making frequent stops .

One must not forget that Llandudno was being developed in a patriarchal society. Thus when the Lady of the Mostyn Family, referred to as Lady Mostyn, decided to build a hotel and maintain it, most men laughed at her. Interestingly, today decades later this hotel (below) is the most luxurious and sought after hotel in Llandudno and the rooms are booked months in advance .

This is a view of the city centre/ market street of the city.

The entire city tour takes around an hour for a full ride. It takes you through the towns of Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Deganwy Village and Conwy . It was almost noon when we came back to the Promenade and thought of strolling around the pier. If you want , you can settle for a nice live show of the Codeman’s Punch and Judy and spend an hour laughing your heart out. 

While most of us who have read Alice in Wonderland have known that Lewis Carroll composed this famous prose in Oxford, but not many know that the inspiration was taken from this quiet seaside resort of Llandudno. In fact, when you take the tour of the Great Orme the commentary includes the ruins of the house Carroll stayed in and befriended the owners daughter who was the inspiration behind Alice. Throughout the city, you would find sculptures dedicated to Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland including the Mad Hatter, White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts. You can walk around the city and follow the Alice Trail and uncover many hidden stories about it. This photograph was taken in the Llandudno Station. 

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

This is a photograph of the Great Orme from the pier. ‘Orme’ means sea monster and the way the rock juts out of the land and into the sea it has found an apt name for itself; being called a monster which engulfs the sea. On the other side of the city near the West Shore, lies the Little Orme. You can actually opt to trek all the way up to the Great Orme or take a nice tram ride (like we did). Again, tickets can be purchased on  spot for a minimum of £5-£7. This ride takes around an hour and a half with a twenty minutes halt at halfway point for refreshments. 

The Great Orme has some beautiful caves which are open to the public for self exploration (free of cost). It also has a fully functional church . This is the oldest in the area and is made by clearing the rocks from the Orme. 

This photograph  was taken at the Halfway point.  This place has a little restaurant and parking space wherein those driving all the way up can take some rest and click beautiful photographs . We took up most of our time climbing the Great Orme and taking photographs . It is said that a pair of Kashmiri goats were presented to the then British Queen but since she had many goats , she presented them to her friend in Llandudno . Thus in the Great Orme if you spot Kashmiri Goats, do not be shocked. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any ! 

“It is not down in any map; true places never are. “- Herman Melville 

As we continued our journey forward from the halfway point, the beautiful outline of the Snowdon Mountains emerged in the horizon. According to our commentator, the Snowdonia mountains host many rare species of flora and fauna “and if you are lucky enough you might spot some rare species of Pokemon hiding in there. ” 😛 . 

“Half the fun of travel is the aesthetic of lostness. ” – Ray Bradbury 

After descending from the Great Orme and having a bite we relaxed at the hostel before going out again to explore the promenade. This time, it was nearing sunset and most of the people were getting ready to leave. Many tourists had come for a day trip to the sea and were making their way to the train station. The Promenade guards were vigilant about the tourists clearing the area for Coast Guard practice sessions. We took a walk around the shore and settled for some nice Welsh Orchestra which was being played by the Town band. 

Thereafter we had an early dinner and went out for our customary night walk. This photograph was shot during the walk at the promenade . It was interesting to see how a place which was full of activities had become so quiet. The pier , although lighted was closed and locked . The shoreline was made inaccessible in parts due to the approaching high tides. We wandered around the town for a little longer and saw most of the hotels were having karaoke dinners and dancing in their common rooms. Soon, we called it quits as well and went back to our hostel . We grabbed a movie ‘ Out of Africa’ and went ahead to watch it, thus ending a beautiful day. 

I have a habit of trying to explore the early morning hours whenever I am travelling. Usually, at home, no one sees me wake up before 9 -10 am.  This photograph of the sunrise (below) from the Promenade was taken around 6:30 ish. Not many people were present and those who were there had come to walk their dogs . I spent almost an hour here witnessing the beauty of this place before catching my homeward bound train . Though I was happy to go back home, I was also disheartened that this experience came to a close so soon. 

Taking a vacation for the first time on my own with friends had opened me up and in the true sense made me a traveller. To imbibe the various customs, cultures, traditions that the people of Cardiff and Llandudno had to offer was an experience in itself. And I think it has made me more confident as a person to handle life in a way I want to without being a slave to the dictates of the world. 

“Once you have travelled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey . “- Pat Conroy 

I would leave you with this beautiful quote and sunrise till I come back to share my next adventure. 


Exploring Cardiff

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust 

Cardiff, the Welsh capital is a known place for many travellers. A casual discussion with a friend lead to the creation of a travel plan to Cardiff and Llandudno (more about it in a later post). So, here I was waiting in the queue of Manchester Shudehill bus stop to board the bus for Cardiff. The Megabus service ( runs daily buses from Manchester to Cardiff although the timings are different for weekdays and weekends. I must say the almost five-hour journey was strenuous, but the thousand thoughts that came to my mind while travelling made it less painful. 

I passed through Birmingham where the bus stopped for twenty minutes . After giving the passengers a chance to stretch their legs, it moved on to Bristol and finally reached Cardiff late in the afternoon. I now had even less than a day to visit the place as we had an early morning train for the next day. We decided to go where our road lead us. Our first destination was the Cardiff Castle. 

So, this was the grounds of the Castle. It was almost 3:30 pm so we decided to skip wandering around and head straight to the museum, which was beautiful and the Arab Room with its ornate ceilings caught my attention. This (below) is a photograph of the ceiling of the main hall of the Castle. The beautiful and ornate decor of the room made me want to settle there  and never leave the place. In fact, the walls had sculptures, paintings and murals all depicting the rich history of the city and the Castle.  

Thereafter, we headed to the watch tower (photograph below). On the way to the watchtower there was a beautiful moat and well. Let me share this with you, I have extreme ill luck falling over every moat I have visited till date. Thank God this was a nice one and prevented me from creating a hat-trick.

Its one steep climb to the top of the Watch tower but its all worth the amazing view from up there. We took some time in exploring the grounds of the castle which was hosting a small fair. From children’s archery to dressing up like the medieval men and women everything had its exemplifying aura. I captured this young kid with his mom playing happily in the castle grounds. 

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware. “- Martin Buber 

My friend and I are both fans of Doctor Who. Having known that the Doctor Who Adventure Centre is in Cardiff, how could we have not gone there. We started making our way to the Doctor Who Adventureland. On our way, we crossed the market place. It was buzzing with people and tourists. The colourful shops were tempting with its little curios. The small and cozy cafes were full of people enjoying a drink and evening snack. I present to you two of my most favourite shots from the market. 

I love bubbles. Many of us do. But such huge ones. . . Wow! 

This young man was teaching the little girl how to make beautiful earthenware. Though we wanted to stop and make one for ourselves , Doctor Who was calling us, so we decided to give it a skip. 

Interestingly, after looking several times at the map, getting lost, taking the parallel way round and asking about a few people, we reached the Doctor Who Experience . . . . ..  only to find out the last admissions were at 3:30 pm. *SIGH* . On the positive side, we could at least see the place from outside and with a little peek inside the blue windows we could see huge replicas of the Daleks. 

“We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair. “- Mignon McLaughlin
We decided to stop over at a pub in the Cardiff Bay to catch a drink, from where this photograph (below ) had been shot. 

Thereafter, we decided to wander around the Cardiff Bay. There were lots of activities to do considering that we went in the middle of the Cardiff festival. We had a great time viewing the city from the Barry Eye (Cardiff Eye). This was my first time getting up on an Eye and the view was amazing.  We attended the fair and saw some of the stalls. Most of the stalls were pirate themed and were ideal places for children to enjoy themselves in. Below is a photograph of the Cardiff Bay from the Eye. 

This (above) is a photograph of the Cardiff Festival near the bay. It was taken from the Eye again. 

“How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.”- R. Buckminster Fuller
 If you thought our journey was nearing the end of its time in Cardiff, you are wrong. It had just begun. We had to find our hostel. Though we had our maps with us, being new to the city and having found out that the roads have  really less road signs , we decided to go with our understanding of the map. The Result: We were lost in the middle of a highway with no footpath! Being a Sunday, there was not a soul in the streets to ask for directions. Thankfully we saw one hotel and asked for directions. But messed up again. We decided to start all over from the pierside. Luck was at our side when a nice fellow, whose run we disrupted , helped us find our way back. Even then, we had to walk for quite sometime to find our hostel. This photograph was taken while we were hunting for our hostel.

We stayed at the YHA Cardiff which was an amazing hostel and I highly recommend it. Their website is .

Having freshened up we decided to go out in the city for dinner. It was almost 9pm and thankfully my friend enquired if the city would be opened. Our friendly receptionist answered that being a Sunday it was difficult to find anything open. So, we had dinner at the hostel ordering it just a minute before their kitchen too closed 😛 .

Then we set out for my usual late- night travel walks. . . . . the last one was taken in London and then this one in Cardiff. The city was quiet, a stark contrast to what I saw in London. But the few pubs that were opened in the city -centre had rows of guests standing outside with drinks in their hands. After roaming aimlessly around the city for almost two hours, we decided to call it a day as we had to catch a 5 am train for the next day. Below is a photograph that I took at night. 

My next destination was even more thrilling -Llandudno. While Cardiff was in the extreme South, Llandudno was in the extreme North. But it was an amazing experience. More about Llandudno in my upcoming posts. I leave you today with a photo of the Cardiff Central station. It is empty because not many people board trains that early in the morning. But it signifies that the journey continues. . . . . 

Have you visited Cardiff before? Do let me know in your comments what you think of the place. 

A Day in Bradford

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill 

I could not have agreed more with this quote. A very casual conversation about travel with a friend led to the plan of visiting Bradford, my friend’s hometown. Bradford is just about an hours distance away from Manchester by train. Thus, my plan was to catch an early train to reach early and get more time to explore the place. It was a day trip so I was to return the same evening. 

It is my habit to check on the places I would be going to before actually going there. This would give me a little background about the place as well as inform me about the places to visit. However, I left the Bradford Tour completely on my friends shoulders. Being her hometown, she was the best person to take me around the city. 

There are great places like Keighley and Bronte Parsonage a little outside Bradford, for which buses had to be boarded . This did not really suit our time tables so we decided to keep to the city centre and skip going outside the city. Missing out on halls, moors and museums was never a regret because there was so much to see and explore in Bradford city itself. 

Here is a listicle of what I did and would recommend anyone doing for a day trip in Bradford. 

1.National Media Museum

Formerly known as the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, the National Media Museum is a short walk from the Bradford Interchange (Train Station) . This was a personal favourite, being a student of journalism and photography. It hosts about 3.5 million exhibits in its seven floors of galleries. It focuses on the history and development of photography, film, media , internet and video-gaming. Some of its exhibits give special stress on the principles of light and colour. apart from the museum itself, the building is home to three full screen movie theatres. 

2.Bradford City Centre

Right outside the National Media Museum is the City Centre Park. I happened to be present on a relatively warm day in England, where children were taking a nice swim in the fountain waters . The best part of the city park is that there are provisions of changing so the children can actually change, swim, change into dry clothes, snack on a yummy lunch from the nearby restaurants and cafes or even watch a nice movie in the open air theatre. 

3.Peace Museum

I have seen a lot of  Museums which highlight the effects of war, the society and culture during wars; but rarely does one find a museum dedicated to peace. The Peace Museum Bradford,  may not have one of the most elaborate structures of a regular museum dedicating series of floors to its exhibits; but what it has hidden in a little corner of the third floor of a huge neo gothic building is commendable. 

4.Bradford Cathedral

One of the most beautiful and quaint Cathedrals that I have seen is the Bradford Cathedral. It is about a five minutes walk from the Peace Museum and can be called a Cathedral set upon a beautiful hill. Well not literally set upon a hill, but the architectural marvels make it look as such. It is always great to spend some quiet time amidst the Almighty in daily life, or in between a hectic day trip. 

This is how the Cathedral looks from the street. Adjacent to the Cathedral, is a Cultural Society called the Kala Sangam. While we were visiting , we could see from the open windows that they were rehearsing, probably for a show.

5. Bradford Town Hall

My friend did show me the Town Hall from outside while we were taking a walk to one of our destinations but it was closed. Considering that the Town Halls, are administrative seats, I did not expect to be able to go in there as well. While we were relaxing at the city centre after a hearty lunch and dessert;  by luck we got to know that there is a self led tour of the Town Hall with a Fashion Show at the Banquet hall. How could we have missed this opportunity? This is a model of the Town Hall . 

This is a sculpture which greets you when you enter the Town Hall. What seems like a beautiful sculpture actually has an interesting story behind it which I wanted to share with all of you. If you look carefully to the left of the sculpture , you’ll see a man holding the head of a boar and towards the right, a man holding the tongue of the boar. The story goes that this boar was causing havoc in the city and the landlord offered a price to the man who was brave enough to kill it. One man was brave enough to fight it and kill it. But the boar was too heavy to carry so he cut the tongue and went to the landlord. In the meantime the second man saw the dead boar and became greedy for the price. So he cut the head of the boar and took it. However, he reached earlier than the first man and was about to be given the price when the real hero enters with the boars tongue and explained the whole situation. The landlord came to know of the lie that the second man had said in order to get the reward. He was subsequently punished and the other man was given a hefty price including several acres of land. The land was passed onto his descendants and over time came to be the property of the Government. 

This sculpture is the judgement scene from the story. 

6. Sights of the City

This is  a collage of some of the great sights I came across in Bradford. Starting from the top is the Alhambra Theatre, The Broadway Shopping Centre, The Bradford Cathedral Cat (who has an interesting story behind her) , A statue of J.B Priestley . Beside it, is a sculpture in front of the Margaret McMillan Tower, children enjoying a day out in the city centre, above which is a poster of a bonded man outside the Cathedral and ending the collage with a sand sculpture. 

Now back to the cat, After taking the photograph I put it on Instagram . a few days later, her owner comments . . . . .  She was very happy to see the photo and even gave me permission to keep it. The cat’s name is Poppy and is almost 15 years old. She loves a nice sun bath at the Cathedral and visits it often. Incidents such as these make me wonder how small the world has become due to Social Media. One photograph can actually lead you to meet new people and develop new friendship. Have you ever faced incidents like this? I would be most happy to hear about them. 

My Bradford Tour ended at the Town Hall from where a short walk led me back to the Train Station. It was a great day spent with a great friend and visiting some of the best places in Bradford. However, I still do have a weakness regarding the Bronte Parsonage Museum and would love to visit there in the future . . But then the whole planet is on my bucket list isn’t it 😛 ? 

Before I say goodbye and greet you with another post soon, I will leave you guys with a glimpse of the Fashion Show from the Town Hall. 

Vintage Fair @ Manchester Cathedral

The High Walls of the Manchester Cathedral hosted the amazing Vintage Fair on the 26th and 27th of August 2016. This two-day affair was full of fun and frolic. Not only were there vintage items for sale ranging from dresses, hats, post cards and jewellery but also a drinks stall to grab a cool glass of gin or whatever you fancy. The main highlight of the fair, in my opinion was the dance floor where the heart of the fair resided. It is said that a man never grows old ; he always retains the child in himself. the dance floor was a personification of this statement.

I would rather let the photographs do the talking in this post instead of me detailing it.


One of my furry friends came to visit the fair as well. Didn’t really get a chance to speak to him though.


With the summers slowly fading away into Autumn/Fall coats are a necessity in Manchester. These collection of fur winter coats were a beautiful range.


Beautiful lamp shade isn’t it? Straight from the yesteryear collection.


This beautiful puppet caught my attention, I do not really know for what particular reason. I am not really fond of dolls, but at times these puppets and dolls do catch my attention. I loved the look on the face of this one coupled with his (I assume his) beautiful clothes.


This lovely doll too caught my attention. The beautifully created headgear with so many different colours bring in an atmosphere of colour, positivity and cheerfulness while looking at it.


Pretty umbrellas to carry with you! And one sure did have a whole of dresses to choose from to match this umbrella with 🙂

vintage photos

This is probably my favourite part of the fair. beautiful dresses. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more. I would be glad to know which ones you liked.

And lastly, didn’t I tell you about the dance floor. . . . . . . Hold your breath more to come . . . A live trailer of what happened on the dance floor.

Hope you enjoyed this small post about an amazing fair and would be able to join in next year. You can check out their Facebook page at  for more updates and photographs 🙂 I would be back again in no time with another one of my adventures. 🙂