This Christmas I will take you through the churches of my native city, also known as the city of Joy. Yes, Christmas has an archetypal charm in the old city of Kolkata and its surrounding. Kolkata and its surroundings witnessed different colonial settlements and hence had a diverse effect on its culture, people and religion. Irrespective of the religion Christmas is celebrated here as a maas festival where every household celebrates the occasion ‘Borodin’ in their own way. Not delving much into the type of festivities, I take you through a tour of churches in Kolkata this Christmas.
… Few hours more in Goa… After our wonderful trip to Chorla Ghat (Read my journey to Chorla Ghat), we had some time in-between to take the late evening bus to return home. This state capital of Goa is located on the banks of the wide Mandovi river. The relaxed city holds the charm of the colonial backdrop with colourful Portuguese villas – mansions with tiled-roof, protruded balconies and oyster-shell windows, avenues lined with Gulmohar and Acacia and whitewashed churches. Not to mention the cruise boats, floating casinos and bars, all adds to the unique identity of Panjim.