Point of Interest

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
  • etc

Times are a’changing!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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One Response to Point of Interest

  1. bkmiec says:

    Understood! : )

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