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How Chinese people have embraced the essence of Indian culture in Kolkata

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

India, with its own plethora of traditions and a tendency to welcome a variety of different ones, makes it a unique country in the whole world. While the world grudgingly cordons off pieces of ground in the name of patriotism and mother land, India has been playing host to numerous guests since time immemorial, with arms wide open. And although it wasn’t very happy with some, it was happy to have others for an extended stay. Kolkata`s Chinese community being the point in case.

The history of people from the neighboring Chinese civilization in Kolkata can be traced back to 18th century when the city served as the trade capital during British India. Tong Achi, a businessman from China arrived in India in late 18th century and was among the first Chinese to set up a sugar mill, along with a sugar plantation at Achipur, 33 km from Kolkata.

Since then, this community has settled in the vicinity of Bow Bazaar Streets, Tangra and some areas of Khidderpure dock and is engaged in manufacturing and trade of leather products as well as running Chinese restaurants.

The community is organized under the Chinese Welfare Association, led by Liu Kuo Chao. The association has around 5,000 Chinese members and also run a trust governing a school, Pei May and a temple complex.

The Chinese in Kolkata today, work as restaurateurs, shoe – shop owners, tannery owners, and sauce manufactures. Dentistry is a traditional occupation that is being actively adopted by the new generation.

Hakka Chinese and Indian culinary traditions have given rise to a widely available form of Indian-Chinese cuisine. Tangra in Kolkata is very famous for the Hakka Chinese cuisine. Hakka Chinese of Kolkata tends to be endogamous but at the same time have been integrated into the society of Kolkata.

The community here celebrates Chinese New Year, Hungry Ghost Festival and Moon Festival in Kolkata with colorful possessions of lions and dragons in the end of January or early February.

Both the communities, Chinese and the Bengali accept each other’s tradition, occupation, culture and stay together like one big happy family.

 

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Fall

Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the fortnight have declined

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Petrol Prices On The Reverse Trend For The Last 13 Days: Prices Falls
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Domestic petrol prices, which had hit record levels for 16 consecutive days in May, have been on the reverse trend for the last 13 days, including Monday, but the relief for consumers has been slow in coming.

The pace of decline has been less than half the rate of surge.

Percentage-wise, since May 30, when prices started to take a downturn, petrol prices have slipped 2.35 per cent in Delhi, compared to the 5.5 per cent in the previous 16 days.

In absolute terms, prices have gone down by Rs 1.85 a litre since May 30, compared to the increase of Rs 3.8 per litre in the during May 14-29. On Monday, fuel was sold at Rs 76.58 per litre in the national capital, down 20 paise from Sunday’s level, the IndianOil Corp’s website showed.

In Mumbai, where petrol prices were the highest in the country last month, the decline has been much slow at Rs 1.23 per litre so far, against the rise of Rs 3.76 a litre during May 14-29.

On Monday, petrol price in Mumbai was Rs 84.41 per litre against Rs 84.61 on Sunday. Similarly, in Kolkata and Chennai, the fuel was sold at Rs 79.25 and Rs 79.48 respectively.

In Kolkata and Chennai too, the decline has been Rs 1.81 and Rs 1.65 per litre in the last 13 days, around 50 per cent of the previous rate of increase.

In tandem with petrol prices, diesel too has seen a decline, but of only around 2 per cent in all the major cities including Delhi, compared to over 5 per cent rise in the previous fortnight.

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Both in Delhi and Kolkata, diesel prices in the last 13 days have declined by Rs 1.36, and in Mumbai and Kolkata, the fall was of Rs 1.44 and Rs 1.45 per litre respectively.

Also read: Petrol price slashes by 32 paise and diesel price by 85 paise

On Monday, prices of the fuel in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai were at Rs 67.95, Rs 70.50, Rs 72.35 and Rs 71.73 per litre, respectively. (IANS)