6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

12:48 pm 1 Jan, 2014

When the British settled in India, they selected Kolkata, the then Calcutta, as the capital of India. However, later, it was shifted to New Delhi. Kolkata, once the seat of culture, art and education, is somehow losing its grip over everything due to various reasons.

As known to all and sundry, it’s never too late to start off a new phase. Kolkata too can regain its lost glory by following these few steps—

6. Learn to Be Punctual like School Kids

According to West Bengal Government, most of the offices would start at 10AM and continue till 5PM.

However, things are a bit twisted here in Kolkata.

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6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

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6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

No matter what happens, the Government officials would never be able to reach their offices before 11:30AM; but, on the other hand, they would make it a point to leave their desks by 3:30PM.

Of course, there are innumerable tea-breaks and adda sessions during this “office” period. It’s high time for these officials to learn the punctuality lesson from their kids, and do all the assigned tasks properly.

It’s only then that the city can prosper—or even think of prospering.

5. For God’s Sake, Stop Spitting on the Streets

There was a time, not too long ago, when the streets and main roads of Kolkata would be washed daily with water from the Ganges. But, things are different now.

Nowadays, apparently no one gives a shit about the maintenance of streets and main roads. Few people make it a point to spit loads of saliva (and what not!) on the streets, as if it’s mandatory for them to do so.

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6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

It’s your own city people! This is what you’re really doing!

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

Unless and until people change themselves, we don’t think we can do anything good to this city.

4. We Need More Professors, please!

Okay, once a seat for higher studies, the colleges in Kolkata, sadly, are in need of some professors!

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

It’s, of course, not that there aren’t any right candidate for the posts—in fact, there are hundreds of candidates waiting for the call.

The West Bengal College Service Commission has recently held its interview process after a lag of five years, and that too, the process was closed in the mid-way.


How can a city, which was known for its excellent higher education, prosper if there aren’t any qualified persons to impart the education? Mamata Bannerjee, are you listening?

3. Hear Us Out, Madam Chief Minister

We belong to a democracy, and we are a democracy—we think Miss Bannerjee should get this quite clear before arresting someone for drawing cartoons.

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

From Obama to Manmohan, and from Britney to Honey Singh—everyone has a huge list of haters who randomly make awkward cartoons of them; but, does that mean they’d be jailed for their “offence”.

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

We wonder whether they’ve heard of anything called “freedom of expression”, humph!

2. Learn About Something Called “Dust Bins”

When we were kids, we were taught to dispose the waste items in the dustbins. We also had to make dustbins as a part of extra-curricular activities. But, I guess, the people of Calcutta (well, most of them) have forgotten how to use them now!

Not only the inner lanes of the city, but even the main roads are filled with garbage and over-flowed garbage bins.

Do us Bengalis here need to learn from this nice dude?

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

Besides, the way people pee on the main roads and highways, is utterly disgusting (to say the least).

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

Of late, electronic garbage bins and common-washrooms have been installed in a few places — hope these continue and the people, too, get some basic civic sense. Amen.

1. Learn Your Mother-Tongue

If you’re a Bengali, LEARN to speak Bengali. Most of the Calcuttans believe speaking in their own mother tongue would steal the charm and make it oh-so-boring. But in reality, you’re always made fools of yourselves when you tend to downplay your own mother tongue and talk in some other language, just for the sake of “fashion”.

6 Seemingly Crazy But Workable Ways Kolkata Can Regain Its Lost Glory

The progress of a place is in the hands of its own people, and if they themselves humiliate the place, how can it regain its lost colors? Besides, do you know that Bengali is one of the most sweetest (and difficult) languages in the whole wide world, and Bengali is offered as a main subject in universities like Oxford and Cambridge?

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