The University of Calcutta is one of the first institutions in Asia to be established as a multidisciplinary and secular western style university and it often lures us to delve into its origins. Every nook and corner of the great institution is filled with nostalgia and memories of students and history of the institute’s inception….

A Magnificent Obsession

  Where, other than a bank, do you find currency stacked in every locker, drawer, cupboard and shelf? You find them in a numismatist’s home. Every shelf and drawer in Basant Kumar  Rathi’s sprawling apartment on Sarat Bose Road, Kolkata, jingles with currency. But unlike the currency in a bank, none of the currency in…