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Deulti, a village 50 kms from Kolkata, leads to Samtaber which is the abode of famous Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay was a Bengali novelist and short story writer of the early 20th century. Most of his works deal with the lifestyle, tragedy and struggle of the village people and the contemporary social practices that prevailed in Bengal. He remains the most popular, translated, and adapted Indian author of all time.

His house was constructed in the year 1923 by a local worker named Gopal Das and it cost a sum of ₹17,000. He stayed here for twelve years before moving to Calcutta.

The house and his belongings are still kept as is. The rooms, the courtyard, the staircase, the balcony – each and every corner of the house takes us back in time.

This two-storied Burmese-style house onlooking the Rupnarayan river, was also home to Sarat Chandra’s second wife, Hironmoyee Debi, and his brother, Swami Vedananda.

Parts of the house was damaged in the 1978 West Bengal floods.

The Zilla Parishad repaired the house, and it was declared a heritage-historical site under the West Bengal Heritage Commission Act (IX) of 2001.

Trees such as bamboo and guava planted by the novelist still stand in the gardens surrounding the house.

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s works such as Devdas, Baikunther Will, Dena Paona, Datta, and Nishkriti among others were serialised during his stay here. He also wrote Ramer Sumati and Mahesh among others during his stay in the house. We can also see the guava tree in his garden which has also found a place in his book Ramer Sumoti.

Green agricultural fields, temples, village houses by the Rupnarayan river and the house of famous Bengali novelist Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay – that’s all what Deulti has to offer. A perfect blend of history and rural Bengal!

Akash Chaudhuri
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Birthday Blog

I turned 27 on 20.05.2020.

Birthdays are meant to be a celebration of life. How ironic is a birthday in the middle of a pandemic? Celebrating life while the world deals with the fear of catching a virus!

What happened on my Birthday?

  1. Birthdays can be lonely for people during a lockdown. But I am blessed to have friends who dropped by in the middle of the night to wish me. One of them also put in a lot of time and effort to bake a birthday cake. If you are reading this, then I must confess that it felt really special.

    Birthday Cake 2020

  2. I spent most of the day playing chess. FIDE has organised tournaments across online chess platforms from 18th May to 16th June under the Checkmate Coronavirus initiative. I played a 15 | 10 Rapid Tournament. I didn’t do well but was happy to be a part of it.

  3. My friends and family helped me in raising an amount of 10,331 INR for The Akshaya Patra Foundation in Bangalore which in turn will provide meals to daily wagers during these difficult times. I hope it helps the people who need it the most.

  4. Super cyclone Amphan hit Bengal and Orissa in the afternoon and continued havoc till late evening. It damaged many areas of Orissa and Bengal. Due to many cyclones over the years in Orissa, they were better prepared for this and I thank them for learning from their past experiences.

    Bengal was not ready. They couldn’t predict the level of massacre and destruction the cyclone could cause in just a few hours. Many lives were lost. Many houses were damaged.   

    I am working outside Bengal for almost 5 years now and I would like to believe that I have made a few friends (neighbors, colleagues, ex-colleagues) here. Strangely, nobody apart from one asked me about my family or how they were handling the cyclone situation back in Bengal. There can be multiple reasons for this.

    1. They don’t read/watch news. 
    2. They don’t care about my family. They just need me for the work I do. 
    3. Nothing was shown on the news.

    Cyclone Amphan not only destroyed lives and property but also raised many questions in my mind. 

    1. How a natural disaster can be politicized? 
    2. How a cyclone can create a divide among a society of people?
    3. How people wish for the downfall of a state just because they don’t approve of the head of that state?
    4. How can one insult/ disrespect others’ emotions?
    5. How people who were the least affected from the disaster become keyboard champions by posting long essays on social media whereas the most affected ones still struggle to find a roof over their heads?

Lastly, this is neither to debate something nor to educate someone. Also, I would urge everyone reading this to donate to various Amphan Relief Funds generously. I just wish we build everything back and turn around as we always do!

Akash Chaudhuri
Email Id: akashchaudhuri93@gmail.com
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