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07 Jul

I've been trying to chase down facts about Calcutta history prior to 1690 - unfortunately, its very difficult to come by.

Nevertheless, here are some interesting pictures and a web site of the history of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family - the original owners of the 3 villages.

Incidentally, these tram tracks were never removed. So if someday the municipal corporation digs this road for whatever reason (like the expansion of the adjacent Maharashtra memorial that is planned soon), these old tram tracks from a century ago may well be revealed! No - ANZ Grindlays is further down the road towards Museum (it is close to Kala Ghoda).

The building in the background is the Oriental Insurance Building and now houses the American Express Bank. All the Wodehouse from British Council, those great books near fountain for Rs. Gol Dakkhana (New Delhi GPO) is in the New Delhi area.

The idea for this thread came from a discussion about pre-independence New Delhi in an unrelated thread on the strategic forum.

To start this thread off, I post an old map of New Delhi dating either to pre-independence days or to the dawn of independence (date approximate but indicated by names of roads and localities on the map).

The Old Delhi GPO is also the only one amongst the metros not to have a PIN code ending in 1 - its PIN is 110006.In any case, when I get hold of Master Plan 1931, I shall prove that even Aurangzeb Road was named before independence. I am not 100% certain of the location, but the only line in Delhi circa 1963 was from Red Fort to Chawri Bazar, partly on Chandni Chowk.It does not look like Chandni Chowk, so I can only guess that this is somewhere in the Chawri Bazar area.It has been the center for learning and the heart for South Indian culture and tradition for the last 2,500 years.It had also been the political capital of the Pandyan and the Nayakan dynasties. Some more links: article about the jewish settlement in Chennai by the person who has written a number of books about the city's history - S. of trams in various cities of India time, folks: identify the locations where these trams have been photographed.