I wanted to be an archaeologist but destiny had other thoughts over me. Regardless of impediment it was my obsession towards historical findings in and around
To its geographical reach the town of
Singtam has grown from a small inns bazaar to a business town, but the few things that remain frozen in time are the old British period
Let’s work out more to our main topic about the early years in the making of Singtam. Prior to the present U-turning around Bhanu Park the original direct route was from the now left little short-cut leading through the narrow stairways of the King George Academy that would meet at the road below PWD office. The road then was very stiff much similar to the one leading the Denzong Cinema Hall to the M.G Marg. Much like the taut road at Gangtok that was in latter years converted to long stairs; the road at Singtam was stretched with a U-turning along the
I have often found people of Singtam get surprised by the hill of sands that are found below the forest office next to Goskhan dara. It clearly point forward that the present day Singtam River that flows from Ranipool had its earliest route from the main market road! I was once told, the entrance gate of the then
I had been looking for the stories of the early days in Singtam when one fine evening I happen to come across a tale that was interesting and more fascinating. To my dismay I had hardly found any reference of significance of Singtam in any volume of books written and released on
Singtam at the moment is the busiest town among the four districts and its Friday haat one of the most popular in the entire state. But eight decades back the story wasn’t the same as these days. Those days it was the small siru bazaar of Sirubari (Sirwani) that was well known. People would never mind walking all three days to reach to this place to collect siru. This was the period when bazaar at Singtam was little heard off. But all of a sudden under mysterious circumstances the then popular Siru bazaar came to a halt and today stands an isolated Sirwani that helplessly gape up at vehicles passing by!
Jay Dhamala in his book “
It is due to lack of recorded documents in the past we know little about how the bazaar at Singtam started up. But there are few fascinating stories about this town which might appeal to the readers. On one such tale of this town though never acknowledged in the pages of the book it is said that during the first day of the construction of the Toppakhani tunnel in the late 1920s the labourers working at the site had killed a snake most probably a cobra. Call it a mere coincidence that from the very next day the small inn bazaar of Singtam was surrounded with the mysterious disease still remembered by the old folks as “kalo zoro”. Even to this day when those old folks recall that period they say Singtam was a desolated town and a popular phrase related to that endemic was the talk of the state, they would say “even the crows would not stay at Singtam”.
(To be continued)