Would you like to visit a sweet shop to experience double history?
Then Bhim Chandra Nag is the perfect destination.
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Bhim Chandra Nag is one amongst the oldest sweet shops in Kolkata. It was established by Paran Chandra Nag in the year 1826 and is still the sweets lover’s paradise. Visit the shop, lick your fingers to have the last bit of the sweets. Don’t miss having the Dilkhush, Paradise or Abar Khabo and especially not the Ledikeni.
Do you know that ‘Ledikeni’ has its own history?
In the year 1858, Lady Canning, wife of Charles John Canning, asked Bhim Chandra Nag to prepare a special candy for her birthday. He sportingly took the challenge and came up with a deep-fried creation, dipped in sugar syrup. The sweet so prepared was named after the lady who requested it. well, with the twists of time and tongue, it is now known as the ‘Ledikeni’.
Another attractive feature is the CLOCK that hangs on the walls of the shop.
In the same year, Thomas Cooke visited Bhim Nag’s shop. He was surprised to notice that such a prosperous shop, which has been running for more than 30 years by then,
had no clock. He was overwhelmed by the sweets he tasted and decided to gift a clock to Bhim Nag. The sweet shop owner came up with a problem.
Do you have any idea what could it be?
Bhim Nag said, that none of his workers knew English and thus could also not understand the numbers written on the clock face. So, having such a beautiful gift would be of no use. He asked if Cooke could give a clock with numbers in Bengali script. Cooke took the idea and sent sample script to Cookey and Kelvey’s factory in England. there at a workshop in London, an employee of the company painted Bengali numerical on a clock with Swiss machinery. The company name “Cooke and Kelvey” and the place “London” were also written in Bengali. The clock is still in a working condition and is still hanging on the walls of the shop.