Calcutta Bungalow – Where Heritage Greets You With Modernity

Then “Sahebpara” and “Mochipara” which are the double deluxe rooms.

Sahibpara Room

Sahebpara Room

“Sahebpara”, as the name suggests, states of Kolkata’s connection with the British Raj. This homage is much more depicted with the copper bathtub in the washroom, perched on a platform.

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Sahebpara Bathroom

“Mochipara” refers to the ‘mochis’ or cobblers who crafted leather for the rich and poor of north Kolkata and in fact those shoes with curly tips have been neatly framed.

Mochipara Bed

Mochipara Room

Lastly, there are the Darzipara” and Potuapara”which are the slightly small and standard double bed rooms.

Darzipara again remembers the tailors with framed scissors, creating the  patchwork bed covers.

Darzipara

“Potuapara” which suggests the area comprising the quarters of the ‘Potu’ or the clay artisans of Kolkata.

Few things which are noticeable and are common in each of these rooms:

  • Each of these rooms comprising of an Olivetti typewriter, and each one different from each other, in accordance to the type and nature of the room.

  • The description of the rooms are not handwritten nor is the printout from a computer. Rather, they are typed out of type writer and framed in a wall of that room.

  • Instead of a plastic jug, the drinking water is placed in a glass jar and in a copper utensil.

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  • The keys of the room are attached to the bells similar to the ones we once perceived in the hands of hand drawn rickshaw pullers.

  • The ACs are colored and matched in accordance to the room. Similarly, the chandeliers are specially oxidized to match the taste.

  • The location of the bungalow is midst a busy neighborhood and this is especially done to give the tourists the feel of the now lost ‘para culture’.

dining room

Apart from the rooms, another interesting bit here is the Notun Bazar, or the dining room, with a vast wooden table with glass jars filled with biscuits, one would find in the city’s innumerable tea stalls. Some of them include, the projapoti or butterfly biskoot, the ‘Nunkathai’ and also the jar filled with ‘muri-cholabhaja’ (puffed rice with fried sprout seeds).