One of the most interesting things about living in a small town is discovering bits of history where you thought none existed. The pandemic has forced me to move back to my hometown, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. As a city, Kanpur has a rich colonial history and was an eventful place during 1857.
Last week, I listened to the Kanpur and Lucknow episode of the Musafir Stories (an excellent podcast). I learned about ‘Baron Carlo Marochetti Road’, or as it is known today in the city, ‘Doodhwali Gali’. The Baron Marochetti Road is named after an Italian-French sculptor who was responsible for sculpting the Cawnpore Memorial. This monument represents the loss of 73 women and 124 children in July 1857.