Some of you have been asking me why I am spelling Calcutta – Kolkata. Well, while I was booking my flight & hotel, it was always spelled Kolkata on many of the websites. Yesterday I asked Rajashi which version is right. She offered this explanation. In an effort to rid themselves of the anglicized names allocated to many cities by the British, the Indian Government have changed city names to a more Indian form. For example:
- What used to be Calcutta up to about 5 years ago, is now referred to as Kolkata
- Madras has now become Chennai
- Bombay has become Mumbai
Times are a’changing!