HISTORY OF BURRA BAZAR


Our adda discusses everything under the sun. Todays’s topic among many others, was that how BURRA BAZAR of Calcutta, got its name from. Many said their own opinion–those individually, may be true or may not ,  but revived my interest, and made me curious . Coming back home, I searched in the net  the history of Burra Bazar of Kolkata. I stumbled upon the following description or you can say, the history of Burra Bazar. I find it a lively account. This description goads me to visit Burra Bazar again tp look at it with a new eye. When I will be there next, I shall have a feeling that I am transported to those golden days of history. I enjoyed  reading
the history, now yourself may please read it and enjoy it, like me. When I am face to face such accounts [I repent why I did not read history enough by being a student of history. I studied science  which had absolutely no application in my life , which in retrospect looks I spent my time, money and energy for nothing.] Just imagine what a big blessing this digital revolution brought for us!!!!!. Make the most of it, for, we do not have much time left in our present life. Read in the first person from the account of a Historian—


For oriental traffic, oriental tongues and oriental heads, commend me to the Burrabazar, a mart tailed on to the north end of the China bazaar and occupied and visited by traders from all parts of the east. Here may be seen the jewels of Golkanda and Bundelkhand, the shawls of Cashmere, the broad cloths of England, silks of Murshidabad and Benaras, muslins of Dacca, Calicoes, ginghams, Chintzes and beads from Coromandel, fruits and firs of Cabul, silk fabrics and brocades of Persia, spices and myrch from Ceylon, Spice Islands and Arabia, shells from the eastern coast and straits, drugs, dried fruit and sweetmeats from Arabia and Turkey, cow’s tails from Tibet and ivory from Ceylon; a great portion of these and various other articles too numerous to mention are either sold or bought by the natives from the countries where they are obtained who together with visitors, travellers and beggars form diversified group of Persians, Arabs, Jews, Marwarees, Armenians, Madrasees, Sikhs, Turks, Parsees, Chinese, Burmese and Bengalees. –Colesworthy Grant
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Description of Burrabazar in mid-nineteenth century in his book Anglo-India Sketches.[5]”

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