Purono Diner Bari

Tamali Barman

Well as you know my training constitutes of all the accounting and auditing work that I got to learn in my 3 years of articleship training. We do not have any office of our own, the firm is located at my boss’s residence. We go around the city from one client’s office to another, verifying, checking and even sometimes preparing accounts for certain companies who all are incapable of doing so! Anyways right now I’m going to a “purono diner bari” located at good old Triangular Park where there  is 1 NGO, 1 advertising agency and the office of Sandesh Patrika. For the first two days I observed the ‘purono bari’ – a small garden, old big sized furniture, pictures, etc. On the third day I came to know that it was actually Satyajit Ray’s pishi‘s (aunt) residence, that he actually stayed in the house and Sandesh Patrika is his dad’s, Sukumar Ray’s (I hope I’m correct) magazine. The owner of the advertising agency is a long distant relative of Satyajit Ray and so he had given a portion of his own house for the office of the agency. It made me feel WOW! There is a long L shaped room in the house where we sit to do the manual work. When there is less workload it is just to sit there silently and observe the huge furnitures and paintings that gives a wonderful feeling!

Well as u know my training constitutes of all the accounting and auditing work that i got to learn in my 3 years of articleship training as a result we do not have any office of our own(the firm is located at my boss’s residence), we go around the city from one client’s office to another, verifying checking and even sometimes preparing accounts for certain companies who all r incapable of doin so! anyways right now i’m going to a “purono diner bari” located at good old triangular park where there  1 NGO, 1 advertising agency, and the office of ‘sandesh patrika’.. for the first two days i observed the ‘purono bari’ .. a small garden, old big sized furniture.. pictures, etc. 3rd day i came to know it was actually Satyajit Ray’s residence, that he actually stayed in the house! and ‘sandesh patrika’ is his dad’s, Sukumar Ray’s(i hope i’m correct) newspaper…the owner of the advertising agency is a long distant relative of Satyajit Ray and so he had given a portion of his own house for the office of the agency.. it made me feel WOW…! there is a long L shaped room in the house where we sit to do the manual work..when there is less workload jus to sit there silently and observe the huge furnitures and paintings gives a wonderful feeling!

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  1. It was wonderful to read your post. So you are scouring the city to reach all your clients’ offices. But Triangular Park sounds good. It’s oh-so-familiar to all of us :) It must have been a great feeling to suddenly discover that you are actually at Satyajit Ray’s residence! Wow I am impressed. Well Sandesh used to be a wonderful magazine for kids when satyajit ray himself edited it. It was really popular then and many of Ray’s writings featured there. Before Ray it was edited by his father Sukumar Ray and even before that a long time ago by his grandfather Upendrakishor Ray who actually created the immortal characters gupee-gayen n bhaga-bayen. After Ray’s death it fell from grace and now it is a mere shadow of its former self. I have read a few issues of sandesh and you know, each time it was a really delicious read :D I also like the feel of this purono bari. I think buildings like this are fast disappearing from Kolkata. Long L shaped rooms, large paintings and old big sized furniture, they all belong to an era gone by, carry an altogether different mejaj!

  2. Hey you should expand this, write more…it promises to be an interesting read. it ends too soon though…so write more. Describe it more. i wanna know what it looks like inside out.

  3. It’s really nice to know that you explored The Ray’s residence. Yes you should expand it, possible with some good photos. “Sandesh patrika” really used to rock that time, but as Nipon correctly said it faded. Is there good amount of traces of The Ray?

  4. once my ma had desired meeting the great ray… having called him from a public booth she had confirmed a time for the very same day… when she arrived at this ‘purono bari’, he was sitting on that very known reclining chair of his-dadur chair….his pipe dangling from one end of his mouth… seeing ma, he had come down to the edge of the staircase, then wooden, and asked her in his sexy baritone: ‘hya bolo, ki chai’…ma, whom i have known to be the most confident woman that i have ever known, had mumbled…’na mane ei, dekha…’ ray perked up one of his eyebrows and replied after such mumbly 2 mins-‘tahole hoyeche, ebare ashi’…n ma could have just nodded a quick yes and hurried down the stairs as fast as she could… i like to dream of dat incident as havin happend to me for a long tym now…ur article just aggravated the intense longing!! am jealous!

  5. Amartya I did not get ‘the Ray’ traces on the first day but one day I saw Satyajit Ray’s photo (a small one) kept on a showcase, I felt really curious because i thought the now inmates of his house are his fans. When I came to know whose house it was I completely felt his ‘traces’ as if he was still there on the first floor of the house. Though I have still not visited the first floor (the office of Sandesh Patrika is located here) I hope to do so in the near future.
    Trina and Nipon I don’t have a picture but I am planning to take one with my cellphone camera the next time I go there (I cannot take photos of the inside of the building because it is ‘office kachari’)
    Anurima I just loved to read your comment
    Nipon Thanks buddy for the idea.. hehe!!

  6. Hey Minnie this was truly a wonderful read…it potrayed a picture of everything…your life, your work and your (and our) beloved ‘city of joy’ Kolkata! Purono buildings, purono furnitures and purono ‘Sandesh’…aaah such nostalgia. Speaking of old furniture, medo’s old house has them in plenty (just think about that great big mirror framed in an ornately decorated wood)!
    I didn’t even know Satyajit Ray had a residence other than the one in Bishop Lefroy Road (near Forum Mall) leave alone Triangular Park (Hell! That’s so close to my place!).
    I often wonder what hidden treasures this city has in its every nook and corner waiting to be explored!
    But alas due to red-tape ism many of the heritage buildings are mere ruins now, waiting to be devoured by the hungry promoters to their own selfish gains…I learned that the laboratory in IPGMER hospital where Sir Ronald Ross had discovered the etiology of malaria is in a very poor state and so was Pramathesh Barua’s residence near Ballygunje Circular Road which eventually collapsed a few years back… :(
    Leaving the sad truth behind, every old building in this city has a story to tell if one would only listen (eg. we just recently found out about the colourful history of Stephen’s Court building in Park Street, which only a few knew existed before 23rd March 2010!)

  7. purono diner bari purono diner smriti
    pore roy moner anache ar praner kanache
    dhulo jome jay sobar opor
    jome jay ekgucho jonjal
    tai hothat kore bohudin pore khuje pele mone hoy tripti
    puronoke notun mone hoy
    abar ajker notun kalker purono
    ki odbhut kalchokrer chaka

  8. Had a tough time the last day i went to work there! Empty rooms, halls… no more garden.. no more mango trees! strange.. how they could let go of such a cultural heritage!