74-year-old Ruma Chowdhury wants to come to Bangladesh once more. He has a few wishes left to fulfill. Walking in Dhaka’s Ramana Park one afternoon, the centenarian will stand under it if he finds a tree. Enter Jagannath College of Old Dhaka and sit alone for a while. Another small wish of Ruma is to go to Mohini Mohan Das Lane’s house number 33, Sutrapur, Old Dhaka. He will stand once in the hall there.
Once there were several oil paintings of Ruma Chowdhury’s ancestors in this hall. He does not know for sure whether the pictures are still there or the house is gone. However, Ruma Chowdhury said to Prothom Alo, ‘everything in his birthplace is memorable to people. I heard about that hall many times, but could not find it. No one could say for sure then.
It seemed that no one was missing from life. Everything is as before. Do you know what’s amazing, that day is my birthday. After 69 years, I came to that house on my birthday, the house, the house we had to leave.
Ruma Chowdhury, a woman who came from Kolkata to Dhaka to see her birth place. Ruma Chowdhury rushed to Dhaka from Kolkata, West Bengal, India after 69 years to see her birth place. But the distance from the house to the interior was longer than the labor of coming to another country. Permission to enter the house of birth had to be obtained from the few families currently living there. This incident is around the old house known as ‘Sutrapur Zamindar Bari’ in Old Dhaka.
The house was built in the early 20th century by prominent businessman and social reformer Revati Mohan Das. After his death, the next generation of family members lived here. A tall Coranthian column in the front as entered through the main door; Which is not very visible in Dhaka city.
After moving to India, Ruma Chowdhury came to Bangladesh for the first time in January 2019. He found that house from the memory of the description. A few family members also came from Kolkata. He entered the room with a huge window on the second floor. He saw those designs of Thakurdar’s period.
Standing with a spacious courtyard and 50 feet long columns, this house is like a treasure house. The story of that house changed in 1950. Then the second and third generation members of Revati Mohan’s family are living there. Revati Mohan’s eldest son Satyendra Kumar Das had to leave for India with the whole family.
At that time, Ruma Chodhuri heard that there was no opportunity to sell or exchange this huge house. Since then this house has been used in various ways. Enemy property, ceded property followed by listed archaeological sites. The house of Revati Mohan Das, who was given the title of Rai Bahadur during the British period, is now Ejmali. More than 50 families of fire service office and their officers-employees live in the house. Full story here prothomalo