Sen says, “I love mud, our earthly foundation and nurturer of trees, but mud is bereft of colours that spark the imagination. In our garden at home we have lots of fruit trees. I painted big and small cobblestones at the watering points of our trees. When I look up I can see mango and avocado growing on the trees, when I look down I can see bright rainbow colours.


When India was partitioned 1947 to create Pakistan, a new country for Muslims, about 20 million people of Bengal and Punjab were displaced and brutally victimized. Sen’s wealthy, literate family had huge landed property in erstwhile East Bengal, the present Bangladesh, which was carved out to be East Pakistan for Muslims. So for being Hindus Sen’s family was overnight evicted from their home. Without taking any possessions, they fled for their lives amidst people warring over religion, and so became squatted refugees in West Bengal.