In 2013, British author Neil Richard Gaiman made it to the headlines, for an unusual reason though. This bestselling author from England was honoured by the Portsmouth City Council in a distinguished manner. The Council of the city in which Gaiman's grandfather has once settled, decided to rename one of its street after Gaiman's award winning novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is actually set in the landscapes in which Gaiman grew up. But it was not the first time in the world that a city street has been renamed after a famous book to appreciate its author. In fact, Kolkata took the lead in this exceptional initiative.
From Portsmouth, South England, cut to Bagbazar, North Calcutta. In the City's oldest neighbourhood there exists a narrow lane officially known as BISWAKOSH LANE. The bengali word 'Biswakosh' means the Encyclopedia. The lane indeed has a strong connection with the first bengali encyclopedia compiled by Shri Nagendranath Basu. The author himself lived here.