National Library Kolkata : A Knowledge Hub In India!

Being an exporter in the garment field, I am bound to travel to various places for research and also to close various deals. My travels have given me immense experience and a hobby to visit scenic places. I also love visiting forts & knowing its glorious histories and exploring historical places around India. The culture/history lover in me is always in the quest to know more about different places and visiting ancient cities. I always had a longing thirst to visit Kolkata for its culture and history. I had a business meet in Kolkata and I decided to spend more days in this ancient city.

National Library Kolkata
National Library Kolkata | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

I always prefer luxurious travel and hence booked my tickets in one of the first class flights. I reached Kolkata and booked my room in one of the luxurious star hotels. I had a sumptuous dinner at the hotel restaurant and had a sound sleep. Next morning, after my routine walking, meditation and relaxation, I took some time to prepare official statements for my business schedule. My business meet went on well and I had some leisure time to spend for the day. Since, the time was less I decided to visit National library in Kolkata. I have heard about this ancient library but never got a chance to visit.

National Library Kolkata
National Library Kolkata | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/8497556@N05/715933811

I reached this place by hiring a local transport and wandered in the streets to find the library. With my broken Bengali, I found this huge library and it is supposedly the largest library in India. This historical library was initiated in the year 1836 as a non-governmental institution. It has a collection of 2 million books over the years. They also have old documents which are very rare and precious. I also found many books in regional languages right from Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Tamil. There are wonderful collections of books right from literature to technology. I also got an opportunity to get a glimpse of rare documentaries and precious letter written by famous personalities and freedom fighters. After a complete browsing throughout the library, I walked out of the place with a promise to visit it again!

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

I am hoping sharing all my adventures will help raise awareness about our ancient heritage and maybe help preserve and protect these remnants  of India’s glorious past. Feel free to leave your comments. "

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