32 hours in Khulna

View from Hotel’s rooftop

Mrinalini Devi’s Home

Rabindranath Tagore’s wife Mrinalini Devi’s childhood home was in Khulna’s Dakkhindihi. The poet’s mother and grand-mother also belonged to Khulna. Safe to say, this place has special connections with the Nobel laureate. Mrinalini Devi’s home, a two-storeyed ‘mini’ masion now serves as a museum called Rabindra Complex. The museum houses hundreds of books on and of Rabindranath as well as rare of pictures of the family to whom the house belonged. The collection is not dazzling. However, it is a place of historic value. Tagores have been important people of Bengal. Where the wives of the Tagore men came from and what sort of surroundings they grew up or got married in are valuable information for Tagore enthusiasts like me.

Where Mrinalini Devi spent her childhood

Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET)

We drove through an empty KUET campus just for the sake of it. The campus was deserted probably because of a student protest. I discovered the sculpture ‘Durbar Bangla’ in KUET campus. I had read about this sculpture and it was as neat as I had imagined. The sculpture is a tribute to the freedom fighters of Bangladesh.

Durbar Bangla

The Highway Eatery

After our work was over for the day, we drove to a BBQ restaurant situated beside the Khulna highway at 9pm. When we reached the place for dinner, the last of the guests were leaving. We had the place to ourselves, so we took the liberty of taking pictures here and there and even enter the live kitchen where chicken and fish were being grilled for dinner.

Al Jamil’s Fish Grill & BBQ

Khan Jahan Ali Bridge over the Rupsha River

Rupsha is one of the famous rivers of Bangladesh. The bridge over it connects the southern districts of the country to Mongla Port. Rupsha river flows as Pashur River near the Sundarbans and then finally flows into the Bay of Bengal.

Rupsha River from the Khan Jahan Ali Bridge

Sweet Tooth

I am guilty of loving sweets. Sweet is one thing I never shy away from tasting, and I do so in the hope of encountering a delicious treat. In Khulna, I had the good fortune of being introduced to a sweet called ‘Shorpuria’. If I ever get to visit Khulna again, I will definitely bring back a box full of ‘Shorpurias’.

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