What is Hajarduari?
This site, Hajarduari, is a partial repository of pieces written by Garga Chatterjee in English and Bangla. Hajarduari is also a thousand-moored ancient palace in Bengal. The name tried to capture both the nature of Bengal with its thousand doors as well as the conviction in a plural future that the author professes.
What is the header picture?
It is from the author’s ancestral clan’s house’ living room in Patuligram, district – Hooghly, PashchimBanga (India). Apart from the wiring, the pictures from left to right are : The Sanad that awarded the Rai Bahadur title to one of the author’s clan ancestors, Shwami Bibekanando, a certificate of election to the local Union board, Acharjo Jagadish Chandra Bose, George V – King-Emperor of India, Ma Sharoda. This snapshot is deeply revealing about the class of Bengali high-caste intermediaries and their pantheon in the early part of the 20th century.
The picture on the sides?
This is a picture of the pakka road that leads from Jirat rail station to Patuligram.
Can I republish pieces from this website?
Sure. That has been done numerous times. I would love to know when you do that.
How can I contact you?
Where are you located?
Depends on when. Generally one of the next five, in that order of frequency – Cambridge, Kolkata, Boston, Delhi, Dhaka.