Friday, September 11, 2015

Modern Day Bhushundir Math

As we go through Indrani Mukherjea and Peter Mukherjea story with all their past and present husbands and wives, sons and daughters from past and present marriages, it creates a strange story. A woman who wanted to get out of her life in a small town used different people on her way to reach her pinnacle when she married Peter Mukherjea, head of start TV group in India. In the process, Indrani leaves her two baby children with her parents and did not see them for twenty years. As the story unfolds, it is alleged that Indrani also murdered her daughter, whom she had introduced as her sister to her third husband - Peter Mukherjea.

This Indrani saga and its associated confusion, reminds me of a story I read in Bengali. Parashuram, aka Rajasekhar Basu, wrote Bhushundir Math. Math here means a ground in Bengali. Shibu, wanted freedom from his wife Nrityakali, dies of cholera and becomes a bhoot (ghost in Bengali) and started living on a tree top in Bhushundir Math. Shibu befriends a Brahmadaitaa, bhoot of a brahmin, and Kariapiret. After some time, Shibu feels lonely. He seeks out a dakini (a dain), a shakchunni and a mechopetni (female ghost who eats fish). Shibu decides to marry dakini, only to find out at the alter that dakini was none other than Nrityakali. Nrityakali had committed suicide after Shibu's death. Brahmadaitta and Kariapiret happened to be past husbands from past lives of Nrityakali. Whereas, shakchunni and mechopetni were wives from past lives of Shibu. 
    
As Shibu and Nritya started to sort out their wives and husbands from past lives, it eerily reminds us of Indrani and Peter and their past lives. It seems all are coming together in this real life Bhushundir Math, that is Mumbai, to settle score with modern day Shibu and Nrityakali.
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