Weekly Photo Challenge – Tour Guide

I stumbled upon this weekly photo challenge just a while ago. The topic for this week is Tour Guide – What do you love about where you live? I was born in the capital of Bengal – Kolkata or Calcutta as the city of Joy used to be referred to as earlier but I grew up in a small town of Bengal called Berhampore. After my plus two, I moved cities for higher education and then for job assignments but whenever I use the word home, it always means Berhampore. It still does. The town is a part of the heritage district of Murshidabad.

My husband and I had come down for a small vacation here with our toddler. But this time around, I decided to take a trip down the town to discover the history and essence of the place. This was going to be part of my travel diaries. The more I get to know this place, the more intrigued I feel. Sometimes having stayed in a place for too long, we start taking it for granted. Now that I hardly get to visit this place, I realize how little I have explored it till date.

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Katra Masjid – an overview

The set of pictures is taken in Katra Masjid in Murshidabad. The place houses a mosque or rather remnants of a mosque after massive destruction caused by an earthquake and a Lord Shiva Temple in the same premises. The owner of this place – Nawab Murshid Quli Khan on whose name the district town is called Murshidabad is believed to be a Hindu by birth but was sold to Muslim clergy at a tender age. While most of the pillars and interiors of the mosque have been severely affected by the earthquake, the place is still a tourist destination for people visiting the town. At a time when religion is a primary factor in dividing the world, it is heartwarming to see this historical co-existence of two religions in the form of a mosque and temple.

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 The Shiva Temple
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The mosque

Author: Sonia Chatterjee Banerjee

Welcome to my page. Here's a sneak peak into my life. Born in Bengal,my obsession with chemistry got me seeking admission into the prestigious Presidency College, Kolkata followed by a masters degree from Delhi University. Loathing monotony in the field of research, I joined the corporate world in Bangalore. Two years later ,I ended up at a Business school to pursue MBA. Campus recruitment landed me a Branch Manager's profile with a top private sector bank, despite having studied nil finance papers in my specialization. Five years of Mysore life saw me switching banks and I moved back to Bangalore to head yet another bank branch. Always aspiring to be my own boss, an extended maternity break drove me to finally get back to my passion of writing. Sonia's musings is an attempt let out pent-up emotions through words hoping to resonate with the emotions of my readers in the journey. Married to a doctor, there are four things that I am crazy about - books, food, travel and my two plus year old ubercute son - in no particular order though.

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