The name of the famous Bose cabin in Narayanganj has been on everyone’s lips for a long time. From one person to another, the name of Bose Cabin is known in the stories of many people. This is the story of distant people. What the people of Narayanganj themselves say about Bose Cabin, that story is also quite solid.
Harimohan Ganguly, 73 years old, resident of Chashadha area. Sudheejan was coming out of the library reading the newspaper. While reading about the Bose cabin, Ekgal smiled and said – once he comes to the Bose cabin, he falls in love with this cabin. I entered here for the first time 30 years ago today. Since then I have been a regular resident of this cabin. You have to go once in the morning and afternoon. If you don’t go, it seems like it’s not there.
Bose cabin is closely associated with the art-culture, history and political events of Narayanganj. This Bose cabin, established near Narayanganj railway station about a hundred years ago, was initially named ‘Banerji Cabin’. But later its name was changed to Bose Cabin. According to some, today’s Bose cabin is named after Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the eminent politician, the man of Bengali life. However, there is not enough argument about how correct this is. In the forties of the nineteenth century, the British were plowing the Indian subcontinent, almost all the trade and commerce in their possession; And the suffocating life of a Bengali. There is no shelter anywhere, no relief in work, oppression and oppression of workers is increasing. If anything, the British police seized and tortured.
The story of the Bose cabin
November 7, 1931. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the proverbial politician of Akhand Bharat, came to Narayanganj by ship from Calcutta. As soon as he got off the ship, he was arrested by the British police, taken to Narayanganj police station and detained for eight hours. Netaji was addicted to tea. Netaji, who is called the master of tea, becomes restless if there is no tea. At this time the founder of Bose Cabin, Nripendra Chand Bose, popularly known as Bhulu Bose, went to the police station and satisfied Netaji with tea. Netaji praised him for the tea that day. He said that the liquor is very good, strong and full of fragrance.
Where does such a good liqueur come from, who knows? But by today’s time, the Bose cabin has become a story in itself. The small stomach of the Bose cabin is filled with the city of frozen stories, the coldness of the drought, the stories floating from the Meghna. Because stories talk. And the story of Ganj has everything. One day those stories become history and names.
How it started
It is known from history that the year is 1921. A twenty-year-old youth in Vikrampur, Nripen Bose nicknamed Bhulu. After passing the entrance, he did not try to get a job. Back then, the entrance pass meant nothing. If the son of the house or the son of the neighborhood passes by, the village is shaken. The reason is only one thing – the real meaning of education was very different from what it is today. Entrance pass boys can be said to be a piece of gold, because then it was very difficult to get pass boys and girls. As a result, there was no less opportunity to get a job easily; But Bhulu did not do that. He wanted to stand on his own. Because the rebellion against the British Raj is his too. Bhulu left home and came to Dhaka. Narayanganj was then a part of Dhaka district and one of the business centers of the region. Bhuluru’s uncle was from this district. Today’s Bandar Upazila of Narayanganj was very crowded then. There was direct communication with Calcutta. Nripen Chandra Bose alias Bhullu Babur liked the small business center built on the banks of Shitalakshya. Banerjee cabin was next to the nearest railway station. It looks like a small tong house. The business was sold as it was not profitable. Nripen Chandra Bose Bhulu took charge of the cabin. In the small shops then only 2 types of tea and stick biscuits were available. He used to make strong liquor tea with a mixture of Darjeeling and Assam tea. Within a few days the fame of Bhuloo tea liquor spread. With that, the crowd continued to gather.
Anti-British Movement and Bose Cabin
It was the time of the British Raj. Where and what is happening was monitored all the time. It was a very turbulent time. Young people all over Bengal are becoming supporters of the secret party. There was no lack of patriotism in those days. The group of young men will attack the enemy-smugglers if they get the chance. Nirpen Bose was also a shining example of this period. He is also one of these independence supporters. He didn’t even try to get a job because he hates the British. As a result, his Bose cabin became a meeting place for the youth involved in the anti-British movement in the region. Apart from the tea business, Nirpen Bose also helped the revolutionaries in carrying letters.
Language movement and others
This very simple Bose cabin has stood for hundreds of years with a lot of history. Bose Cabin is now being managed by the third generation of Nripen Babu, who has changed ownership. Over time, some new dishes have been added to the Bose cabin menu. In 1988, the Bose Cabin was shifted from Phulpatti to Sanatan Pal Lane, Railgate No. 1 and 2, Narayanganj, the name also changed a little – The Bose Cabin became ‘New Bose Cabin’. The most important language movement of the country, including the anti-British movement, the Bose cabin became the main arena of the region during the independence war and the anti-dictatorship movement of the 1990s. In those days, the leaders and activists used to come here to have tea, as well as to hold secret meetings here to speed up their movement.
The Bose cabin is filled with the footsteps of most of our leaders who are the pride and pride of the nation today. The Bagha Bagha leader of Bengal once tasted Bose cabin tea. Patriots like Hossain Shaheed Suhrawardy, Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the architect of independent Bangladesh, are at the top of the list. Today’s leaders and activists and painters, poets, novelists, artists, actors, actresses are not left out. ‘Anindya’ editor Habib Wahid Shibli, who played a leading role in the small paper movement in the 80s, came up for a chat with his old Smriti Bharatu relatives. He said, “I used to go to Bose Cabin with my friends from Dhaka on holidays. A cutlet is there, tastes exactly like that. And tea liquor is number 1. I used to do small papers then. Who did not go to Bose cabin? Shamsur Rahman, Shaheed Qadri, Syed Shamsul Haque, Helal Hafiz, Humayun Faridi, Nirmalendu Guna, Habibullah Siraji, Nasir Uddin Yusuf, Afsar Ahmad and many other young poets and artists used to appear there.” Nripen Babu might not have thought of the important role that small Bose cabin played in those days and gained popularity in the cultural arena. He just did his job, after all this time the Bose cabin has become a history with its own story.
Care-at-it in the Bose cabin
Bose cabin food will be written by many writers-journalists, I am writing care-atti in Bose cabin. Because the Bose cabin has now become a centenary monument. That is why it is no longer just a tea and food shop, but a hotbed of culture. The art and culture of Narayanganj region and thousands of stories intertwined with the shadow of hundreds of years are mixed with it, which is spread throughout Bangladesh in every cup of tea. As a result, the menu of the food here is not called Bose Cabin Care-Atti. If you come early in the morning, there is an opportunity to bail on your stomach. Hot parathas are available at this time, along with dal and halwa. Apart from 6 types of eggs, meat and chicken. Potato chops, chicken polao, curries, mutton cutlets and chicken fries are again available from 12 noon. But rice is not available here at noon. Bose Cabin is open daily from 7 am to 9:30 pm. This rule has been going on since the beginning, what festival-what holiday. Another thing, the reason why this Bose cabin is so famous is the tea. The tea that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose praised for drinking, you can easily drink a large cup of strong liquor tea. Tea is always available here. Many people come here just to taste the cutlets. Bose Cabin Cutlet is simply amazing.
During Nirpen Babu’s lifetime, his son Rabindra Chandra Bose and now his grandson Tarak Bose took over the reins. Talking about the Bose cabin, the manager of the cabin said – such an old company has never compromised on quality and will not do so in the future. At one time in the eighties and nineties, 20-25 kg of tea leaves were needed a day. Still its amount is 7-8 kg. People consume less tea than before. We will try to keep our honor intact.
Finally an era passes like this, a spring afternoon passes, then another night comes again…
Gloomy darkness and the struggle to open new horizons of history is once again. Maybe the Bose cabin will also remain in the canvas of that history in tea chat, story after story.