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Calcutta V/S Kolkata

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The journey from Calcutta to Kolkata
Has not been that of a metamorphosis
Nothing has changed with this change
(Next is the turn of Mughal Sarai station)
Calcutta exudes the air of renaissance
In India. From Raja Ram Mohan Roy to
Ishwar Chandra Vidya Sagar, Rabindra
Nath Tagore to Qazi Nazrul Islam and
Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay et el
Why're we on a name changing spree?

When we can't change the way we see.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: change,city,journey,metamorphose,name,rabindranath tagore,railway,renaissance,renewed hope,vision
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
Years ago the name of Calcutta, which has been the capital of Eastern Indian state of West Bengal during British Raj and afterwards, was changed to Kolkata. Now, they have changed the name of Mughal Sarai Railway station. While former was a relic of British Raj, the latter is linked with Mughal period in Indian history. Will it change the course of recorded history or, for that matter, our future course of history?
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM

Absolutely Rajnish ji! I too, do not understand the logic of changing names of places, stations and roads. Bombay changed to Mumbai, Calcutta changed to Kolkata, Madras changed to Chennai......so on. Just by changing names what do we achieve? Our perception does not change at all. What a pity! .......10

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Rajnish Manga 03 July 2019

Your comments made me read all the comments received about this poem once again. It was so delightfully amusing. I agree with your observations- in toto. These things are totally specious. Thanks, Geeta ji.

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Michael Walker 25 April 2019

I agree with you about changing place names. My own city, Wanganui, was changed needlessly to 'Whanganui', which is actually worse. Do not change place names unless absolutely necessary.

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Rajnish Manga 26 April 2019

So, it is not confined to one place or a country. But these are all political gimmicks, more or less.

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M Asim Nehal 05 December 2018

Very true. Nothing will change except pleasing voters. A thought provoking poem.10++++

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Jasbir Chatterjee 04 November 2018

When the road indicator with name 'Guru Virjanand Marg' was fixed recently in my locality in Delhi where I have already lived for about 35 years, I was intrigued as I had never heard of this Guru. On googling about him, I found that he was a blind sage of Mathura and only known as the celebrated teacher of Swami Dayanand Saraswati who founded the Arya Samaj.

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Jasbir Chatterjee 04 November 2018

Indeed, the name changing spree seems to be far too rampant these days. Race Course Metro station has been re-named as Lok Kalyan Marg Metro Station. In a joke shared on Whatsapp, a man went to a restaurant and asked for Mughal parantha. The waiter told him that it is now know as 'Deen Dayal Upadhyay' parantha!

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Anil Kumar Panda 08 October 2018

Changing of names or renaming a place won't change the behavior of its people or its culture and identity. A nice poem indeed. Your composition is so sweet.

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Rajnish Manga 08 October 2018

Thanks, Anil ji, for sharing your views with regard to the theme of this poem appreciating the same,

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 04 October 2018

AND YES CALL A ROSE by any name it will still smell like rose KOLKATA IS LOCAL BENGALI ACCENT ONLY do you know why CALCUTTA was so named Some British lady sked a guy in English what place in ENGLISH what place is this He did not follow and said kul kttta cut yesterday grass SHE SAID OF CALCUTTA NICE NAME

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Rajnish Manga 05 October 2018

The name Calcutta was first used by Job Charnock, who was sent there as representative of British East India Company. He was instrumental in setting up their base in Bengal. Later, it was Lord Clive who defeated Nawab Siraj-ud-daula in battle of Plassey in 1757. This became the turning point for British Rule in India.

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Rajnish Manga 05 October 2018

Yes, what you said about rose is correct because rose has a different name in different language without any change in its fragrance. But, does it have a different name or names in English language. Even if it gets a new name, how will it get currency or acceptance? Take the case of Indian Ocean. If there is a proposal to change its name at some International Forum since it does not belong to India but to the world as a whole, will it be acceptable to these name-changers? No.

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 04 October 2018

do you know why CALCUTTA was so named Some British lady sked a guy in English what place in ENGLISH what place is this He did not follow and said kul kttta cut yesterday grass SHE SAID OF CALCUTTA NICE NAME

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Rajnish Manga 05 October 2018

I didn't know that. Thanks for this valuable feedback.

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Muzahidul Reza 04 October 2018

From historical period and cultural aspects / personality the poem is well penned, thanks for sharing

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Rajnish Manga 05 October 2018

Thanks for a positive feedback on this poem.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 02 October 2018

This previous name Calcutta, capital of Eastern Indian state of West Bengal has been changed to Kolkata. In this regard you have composed this a beautiful poem and shared amazingly,

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Rajnish Manga 02 October 2018

Thanks, Kumarmani ji, for your kind words and appreciative comments about the poem.

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