ON YOUR LEFT AS YOU PROCEED ON DOMJUR-JANGIPARA ROAD....
We were standing in front of this compound wall of the old - perhaps 150+ years - ' Puja Dalan' of a once-wealthy family of this area after a lapse of 4 years and a few days .
Old-world Charm 2 - December 2007
Reportedly, Cinema & TV Serial Directors found this 'Puja dalan' interesting !
When we were here in December,2007, we found this building locked .On enquiry, Ruby found the keys were available with a local shop - taking photograph was no problem ! Ruby did take a few photos of the interiorand these shots exude old-world charm.
This year, we found a care-taker staying inside who allowed us to go inside but, stopped us from taking photos of the inside structure. Not that much could be captured as he hung tarpaulins in the court-yard and reportedly use the space for tuition !!
Old 'Puja dalan' in plight - December 2011Just imagine - tutorial classes in a heritage (?) building !!
We found this care-taker somewhat strange - he is so much averse to photography that he did not allow anyone to take his photograph too ! He spoke big things about the ancestors of the owners of this building - they are descendents of the 'Pal' dynasty.
The photos here are a mixed lot - a few are from what was shot in 2007 and others in 2011. If any reader knows the present owners, please convey our anxiety regarding the maintenance, the present use of the premises and the attitude of the care-taker to them.
Old-world charm 3. Pillars photographed in December,2007.
Old-world Charm 3. A glimpse of the pillars inside,
as viewed though an opening of the compound wall.
The arches are so graceful, the 'Puja dalan' compact yet decent, getting ravaged by time and made UGLY because of greed of a private tutor.