When crimson bougainvillea and achromatic plumeria flowers take up sky space even as they wrestle each other to make an impression, you know you’ve climbed to the terrace of an artist’s home. Here the composition of colours pink, white and green leaves is what Sen loves, so he has allowed them to have full reign to grow in untrimmed abandon to show off what nature has adorned them with.


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.