Kolkata and the All Bengal Women’s Union

David Pettitt

In today’s ‘I’ (page 26, ‘Panorama – Around the World in 10 Stories) there was an interesting short article about a small restaurant in Kolkata that caught our attention. Called the Suruchi Canteen, this tiny eatery falls under the umbrella of the All Bengal Women’s Union. Established in 1932, the union aimed to help and support victimised and vulnerable women through the provision of life-skills, education, homes and employment.

View of the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata

In keeping with the ethos of All Bengal Women’s Union, the Suruchi Canteen – located on 89 Elliot Road – provides practical training for those working there and by all accounts serves delicious, traditional Bengali fare. Located in the historic heart of the city, for the more adventurous the restaurant can be reached on foot (about twenty-five minutes from the Victoria Memorial or Oberoi Grand) and is the best way to work up an appetite.

Article in the Independent