An Evening Photo-Walk through New Market, Kolkata

27 Sep ’16

The spanking clean and newly repainted New Market, originally designed by a guy from the former East India Railway.
The spanking clean and newly repainted New Market, originally designed by a guy from the former East India Railway. Unfortunately it’s present status is much more shabby and dirty. It would be lovely to see it restored and spruced up.

I almost need to visit New Market and the larger area in which it is situated (Esplanade) every couple of weeks for something or the other. Sometimes I carry my camera and sometimes I don’t. These days I mostly don’t. I think it’s a classic case of taking things of granted. When I was new in Kolkata, I was way more eager eyed to grab a shot. Plus I thought that I am in Kolkata for only a very short duration of time. These photos are from that time, the time when I was exploring Kolkata in overtime.

Today I was looking to post something on Kolkata on my blog when I remembered these early photos. I went through my archives and dug them out. Clicked back in February 2011 during a lovely evening walk with one of my dear friends, it’s been some time. So let’s see what I got!

The Metropolitan building, or the Taj of Dharmatolla looks pristine in white and gold
The Metropolitan building, or the Taj of Dharmatolla looks pristine in white and gold, almost like a young bride. Since then it has been repainted once more, around a month back.

The back of the Oberoi Grand which faces one of the flanks of New Market.
The back of the Oberoi Grand which faces one of the flanks of New Market.

The clock-tower of New Market.
The clock-tower of the also repainted main New Market building. It’s 4:10 pm in the evening. The clock-tower was brought over from Huddersfield and installed in the 1930s. It’s current status is much more shabby.

The brick structure of the New Market (Hogg Market) building.
The brick structure of the New Market (Hogg Market) building.

Inside the meat section of New Market/Hogg Market.
One of my best photographs ever taken in Kolkata. The photo depicts Kolkata in so many ways. The crumbling down grand edifices, the easy-going people and am other-worldly charm are all evident in this photo. This is a mix I have hardly experienced elsewhere in a metro city.

The name board of New Market's official name.

A building "Surana Mansion" bang opposite New Market.
A building “Surana Mansion” bang opposite New Market.

The Young Men's Christian Association building
The Young Men’s Christian Association building has an awesome staircase just after entering their building from the street.

The Metropolitan Building on the left and the Indian Museum on the right. The evening sun adds a special aura to these magnificent structures.
The Metropolitan Building on the left and the Indian Museum on the right. The evening sun adds a special aura to these magnificent structures.