Mahajati Sadan periye giye ulto foot-e je goli taa dhukchhe, taar naam MuktaRam Babu Street. golitaar duto kaarone bikhyato. 1, prokhyaato sahityik Shibraam Chokroborty ekhaane ekta mess e thaakten. aar 2, ekhaane Kolkata’r ek anyatomo droshtobyo sthaan- Marble Palace lukiye aachhe.

Marble Palace- 1835 e toiri Raja Rajendra Nath Mullick er bilaasbohul praasad. baaire theke ekbaar dekhechhilum. anekdin aage. takhan kichhudin er jonye StanChart bank e peon er kaaj kortum. ekta chithi aante giyechhilum ek maRwari client er godi theke. takhai baaire theke jNaadrel baaRi taake dekhi. kintu once a photographer, always a photographer. Insurance office er peon holey ki hobe, nojor taa photographer eri chhilo. aar sei chokh diyei dekhechhilum, gate e iyaa boRo boRo kore lekha “photography prohibited”. byass, omni aamar sab utsaaho chole giyechhilo.

kintu sedin dekhlum, aamader ek photographer bondhu koyekta marble palace er chhobi upload korechhe. sange sange fon, “ki kore tulle?” se bollo, “baaron thik-i, tobe daarowan ta ghush khaay!” aar jaay kothaa! chege gelo Dashu Pagla. sedin kaajer chaap kom chhilo, aar aalo ta bhaalo petei sakaale camera niye chhutlum.

ebaar gate er saamne dNaaRiye bhaalo kore dekhlum, bhetore jawar permision nitey hoy “tourist bureau of India”r office theke. dalhousie. kintu ‘daarowan ta ghush khaay!’. koto? “pachaas rupiya”, aami shuru korlum “dosh taka” diye. shesh obdhi rofaa holo 20 te.

main gate diye dhukei saamne ek bishaal facade. dudh-sada, kintu marble noy, emni it-er. opore durdharsho kaarukarjo. taar saamne pellaay lawn. marble, granite er bhaashkorjo, muurti; marble er benchi, fowara. daan dik diye ektaa rasta chole gechhe, aami hNaat te laaglum guti guti… daan paashe palm, aar bNaash jhaaR; bNaadike lawn, aar palace taa ke rekhe.

edik odik chhorano prochur muurti: beshir bhaag-i singho, ghumochchhe, dNaariye aachhe, hunkaar dichche (British probhu der tNaabedaari). aar kichhu nudes. victorian style. ektaa mosto pukur dekhlum, majhkhaane ekta fowaara. taar chaarpaashe Greek debotaa Poseidon er muurti khodaai kora.

erpor aaro ektu bhetore dhuke shuru holo chiRiyakhana. Kolkata’r first zoo. Alipore ero aage, prothom chiRiyakhan chhilo ei Mullick der chiRiyakhana. ekhon kichhu paakhi aachhe, aar horin. carnivore kichhu nei. large mammal o nei. tobe besh kichhu dhonesh pakhi, neel-sobuj tiya, titir, kakatua, moyur; ekta saras, ekta pelican, aar anek bhaalo jaater hNaas aachhe. aar ekta shojaaru.

tobe sab cheye interesting jinis dekhlum, koyekta khNaacha. egulo segun baa oijaatiyo kono kaath-er. kaarukarjo koraa. aar, neeche chaka lagano!!! arthaat caravan typer. dekhei bojha jachchhilo, bohu purono. Shunechhi, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah jakhan 1856 e Kolkatay exile e aasen, takhan tNaar chiRiyakhana ta sange sechhilo. kintu kichhu din pore tNaar sampotti sab lutpaath hoye jaay. dekhe mone holo, ei khNaacha gulo sambhoboto oi jinis. Mullick ra shastaay kine ney, kono lutheraar kachh theke.

jaahok, zoo theke beriye aabar bagan e ese poRlum. eto bishaal baaRita baire theke dhaaronai kora jaay na. bagan er ekta angshe sada worught iron er bench. aaro kichhu muurti. egulo aabar cambodian style er. buddha, raakkhosh, yaksha, ityadi. lukiye churiye du ekta chhobi tullum.

taarpor, beriye ese saamner facade taar ekta chhobi tullum, ebaar aaro 10 taa taka gelo! 😦

bhetore permission chhaaRa dhoka gelo na. shunechhi bhetore naki Rubens aar Joshua Reynolds er painting aachhe. dekhaa holo naa.

firte firte bhaabchhilum, aamader tourism department er apodaarthotaar katha. ei jodi Rajasthan hoto, tikit counter bosiye aar guide rekhe ek bishaal tourist spot kore felto, aar laakh laakh dollar kamato. aar aamra? ichchhe kore setaake lukiye rekhe, dhokaar asubidhe shrishti kore, maanush ke emon sundor jinis taar katha bhuliyei dichchi.

laabh? daarowan ta ghush kheye aaro mota hochchhe.

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