“We stayed by the temple for seven days, you know. So many houses were burnt. The thought still gives me goosebumps.”
Manjari Dasgupta (née Sengupta) is currently a widowed housewife based in Calcutta. She spent most of her childhood days in Jamalpur, Bangladesh until the riots, when her whole family had to take refuge in a nearby Kali Temple. They eventually moved to her sister’s residence in present-day India. She mentions that back in the day, the Muslim labourers would salaam her father, who was a jute businessman there. Her great wish to visit her childhood town endures.