Living and Lifestyle

Our apartment in Kolkata

  • Wooden Masks-Sources- India (Dinajpur, Bengal), Nepal, Sri Lanka,  Indonesia
  • Wooden Masks and wooden spoon- Procured from Ouagadougou, West Africa-Paper
  • Wooden Buddha Masks- Source Thailand-Paintings- -Pot-chitra-- Source- Kaligh
  • Sri Vishnu in Lost wax technique -  Bronze-Source- Dhamrai, Bangladesh
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  • Top shelf- -Lord Buddha (standing and seated) in Bronze;  Source - Laos,
  • Sri Vishnu and Sri Devi (Lakshmi) in Lost wax technique -  Bronze-Source- Dh
  • Buddha and Amrapali (the court dancer who eventually becomes a buddhist nun)
  • Buddha and Amrapali (the court dancer who eventually becomes a buddhist nun) .
  • Buddha and Amrapali (the court dancer who eventually becomes a buddhist nun).
  • As Abhijit Da has rightly identified, Gamira mask from Dinajpur, West Bengal
  • Dashavatara in Madhubani- Source - Dillhi Haat, India
  • Foreground- Couple in Conversation-Bronze-Source- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Foreground- Glass and ceramic bead work from Burkina Faso -Background
  • Foreground- Glass and ceramic bead work from Burkina Faso
  • Loard Buddha in meditation -In wood- Source- Laos
  • Most probably a Punu mask. The Punu people reside along the banks of Upper N.
  • Most probably a Punu mask. The Punu people reside along the banks of Upper
  • Loard Buddha in meditation -In wood-Source- Laos
  • Foreground- -Panted shell conch- Source – Present from Sharmila Sen-Antique
  • Foreground- Wooden Gamira mask from Dinajpur, West Bengal-Batik from Sri Lan
  • Most probably is a Guro mask (the elongated type). Guro masks are often very
  • Most probably is a Guro mask. Guro masks are often very colourful ceremonial
  • Our apartment in Kolkata- -We have recently taken possession of our new
  • Middle and right- -Lord Buddhas in Bronze-Source- Laos--Left- -Lord Buddha
  • Left- Madhubani Painting-  -Cheer-Haran or Vastra Haran-. -Sri Krishna
  • Frames- Batiks from Bali with a metal work from Mayasir, Bangladesh, present
  • Lord Buddha in Bronze (Lost Wax technique)-Source- Dhamrai, Bangladesh
  • Painted translucent  camel hide – a hanging piece. -Source- Hyderabad, India.
  • Rabindranath Tagore and Lalon Shah - the latter in Batik done by my Mother.
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  • Right- One of the few surviving batik works by my mother. Over thirty years
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  • Rabindranath and Lalon - the latter on Batik by my Mother
  • Photo Credit- Joy Dasgupta
  • Painting on an earthern shallow pot (shora in Bengali). Procured from Shilpa
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  • Painted translucent  camel hide – a hanging piece. -Source- Hyderabad, India
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  • The Upohar Condoville lit up for Durga Puja 2012. Photograph taken from the

20th October 2012, Calcutta

We have recently taken possession of our new apartment at the ‘Upahar’ Condoville in Kolkata. It is a compact 2400 square-feet three bedroom duplex apartment, occupying a part of the sixth and seventh floor.

Compared to the official residences we have been living in over the course of my various postings, our apartment in Kolkata is compact. Nevertheless it is a beautiful apartment, with a view to match. It is surrounded by five small lakes, three of which are visible from our balconies.

We had just moved from Laos where I was previously posted. Arranging all our furniture, artefacts big and small, masks from all over the world and around 75 picture frames into this house was a considerable challenge, and this was accomplished with eager assistance from my nine year old daughter Minnie, over five days of intensive physical and mental work. Of course Nina had done the herculean task of unpacking over 200 boxes, getting the house painted and fixtures made before I arrived.

As an aesthete, who believes that life should imitate art, I have tried to make our living space a work of art in itself. I don’t know how far I have succeeded but I am happy with the outcome, which I guess will always remain a ‘work in progress’.

And of what use is a nice house if it cannot be shared with those who matter? We therefore look forward to relatives and friends visiting us from time to time to grace our house and invest it with the warmth of friendship and good will.

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