“Country roads take me home “ a beautiful song by Denver started playing. oh don’t be confused. I am not writing anything about music, actually, my cell phone rang. I got a call from Sumit on 21st Feb evening. He told me that he already sent me an invitation in Facebook for Wikipedia/Wikimedia photo walk event and would like to confirm whether I am interested or not? Without going into any further details I said when it’s about photography, I will be there. After a little bit of discussion with Sumit, I disconnected the call and called immediately to Samrat to confirm whether he is interested to participate in the event or not, answer from the other side was yes. Just a single day left for the event for the study about those locations covered in Photowalk. So after finishing all my professional work for Saturday, I started referring few books about Kolkata (Calcutta).
Early morning 23rd Feb 2014 I woke up at 5’o clock and Ohhh it was tough for a lazy man like me. After finishing a few important daily rituals!!! Hahaha!!! I took my camera with accessories and packed some dry food cause I avoid street food along with Water, Cap etc. I was ready to move. Throughout, my wife helped me a lot, without her support I can’t pursue my passions.
As rendezvous was Maniktala (Kolkata North) crossing and we reached there sharp 6:30 am. After the session about Wikimedia Commons, finally started the walk and everybody listened to it carefully. Representatives from Wikimedia collected the information from the participants for further communication. Before I start, would like to mention the name of the places photographed during the walk.
1. Dargah of Manik Pir
2. Nakhoda Kabarsthan
3. Pareshnath Mandir (Gouribari)
4. Sathiya Parishad
5. Mohun Bagan Row (Plaque of 1911 Shield winning team)
6. Aurobindo Ghosh’s arrest plaque
7. Star Theatre
8. Basu Bati (Rakshabandhan of Rabindranath Tagore)
9. House of Girish Ghosh
10. House of Sister Nivedita
11. Naba Vrindaban Mandir
12. Gaudiya Math
13. Galiff Street Bird Market
14. Sahu Ballav House
15. Pareshnath Mandir (Belgachia)
16. Veterinary College
17. Belgachia Rajbari
It was an enriching experience for me. After visiting a few mentioned places, time for a little bit of rest along with the breakfast. As Kachuri (Most popular item for Bengali breakfast) was finalized for the breakfast and as usual I had a banana for breakfast. Again we had started our journey to visit remaining spots. Prior, it was scheduled 3 hours photo walks and expected to be an end-around 9:30 Am but at last, when we left our last spot Belgachia Rajbari it was 1 PM.
It was an enriching experience for me and opens new avenues to Wikipedia/Wikimedia. I make few friends through this event and now we are connected via Facebook and a few days later, a news was published regarding the same on a leading Bengali newspaper.
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