Popularly known as the City of Joy, Kolkata has a story hidden in every corner of the street. One such story is that of a 93-year-old man, Sushil Kumar Chatterjee, who loves to travel, explore, and collect ‘treasures’.
Famously known as Nakku Babu, Sushil resides in a three-storey house in Nalin Sarkar Street of North Kolkata. On the first floor of his home, there is a small 10X12 foot room filled with his huge antique collection barely giving any space for more than two persons to stand inside it at a given point of time.
Sushil was 10-year-old when he developed this passion for antiques, and says that he feels there is a cosmic power which has conspired to bring him every item in his collection. A graduate of Scottish Church College in Kolkata, he can spend hours talking about his childhood experiences, and interactions with famous poets, actors and writers.
While speaking with the Hindustan Times, Sushil says,
I started with collecting stones. I was fascinated by their odd shapes and picked up pebbles from the streets and woods. Then I developed a fancy for old items.
According to the Logical Indian, Sushil’s collection of antiques range from a World War I army receiver to 18th Century calling bell manufactured in England, to ROCAR’s Swiss stopwatch made in 1930, to 200-year-old trumpet, to 3,000 music records made of shellac. While there is a Germany-manufactured 16mm sound projector in one corner, there are oldest of musical instruments at the other. This endless list also includes the first ever headphone imported to Kolkata.
The room and its treasures can leave one mesmerised, and wonder about its beauty for hours. This 93-year-old and his enthusiasm for his collection surely gives inspiration to many to cherish the little joys of life.