Bina Dey

Dear Bukuma

— Bina Dey

Bina Dey and Manjari Ukil (Bukuma)
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives
A collection of letters from Bina Dey to her daughter Manjari (affectionately called Bukuma) composed in August 1946, on a journey from Bengal to Gandhi’s Sevagram Ashrama near Wardha in Maharashtra.

[Day 1]

Om
Bombay Mail
B. N. R
6. 8. [19]46
7:15 evening

Dear Bukuma,

Today, after our visit to you, we packed and left [for the station] exactly at 3 in the afternoon, Bengal time1. Your father2 went for a cab himself…couldn’t get [one] and brought-in a hackney carriage instead. While loading the luggage in, it reminded me of Suri—there also we used to hire a hackney at the bus station.

  1. 1. During British regime there were different time zones in the Indian subcontinent.
  2. 2. Artist Mukul Dey [1895-1989].
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Bina Dey: An introduction

— Satyasri Ukil

Bina Dey and Manjari Ukil (Bukuma)
Photo: Mukul Dey Archives
Bina Dey was born on February 12, 1906 in the family of the Roys of Khanakul in Bengal. Her father Gagan Chandra Roy was an officer in the British-Indian police service. Bina spent her childhood in various districts of Bengal and Orissa where her father held his postings.

In accordance to the custom of the day Bina was given in marriage at the tender young age of eleven, to the Chattopadhyay family of village Maluti, which lies tucked away in a quiet undulating location on the border of Santhal Parganas and Birbhum.

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