Formerly named as Elgin Road, the current road renamed as Lala Lajpath Sarani, has modernized very vividly. bustling urban scenes, with a touch of history which is felt all throught Kolkata. Netaji's House is situated almost in the center of the road, facing opposite to a popular hangout for locals, a shopping complex. Probably this particular area gives a very good contrast of history facing modernity. Netaji Bhawan is quite easily accessible in the every booming and bustling city of Kolkata, as it is quite near to the Rabindra Sadan Metro Station and hence has a good metro connectivity.
As I neared the gates of Netaji Bhawan, my eyes were graced by the beautiful bronze bust of Netaji Bose. The Gate bore a name plate in marble along one of the gate post which had a title written in Bengali, which translated to, "38/2 Netaji Bhawan". The external appearance of the house with its traditional pillars and porticos is of a typical 20th century Bengali house. A marble plaque bearing the name of J.N.Bose, Netaji's father, is present the front entrance. I felt my goosebumps and heart pounding with excitement as I entered through the gates in the very home of man, whom me and many numerous Indians have come to worship as the liberator of India. As we enter through the gate, there will be a room on the right side, which sells the tickets for the museum inside the house. This room houses a book shop too, which sells books relevant to Netaji's life and struggle. The ticket cost is very nominal, at the rate of ₹10 ($0.14, €0.13, £0.11). The person responsible for handling out the tickets and taking care of the book shop was really very much soft spoken and considerate. He spoke to for a few moments about the history and current scenario of the Netaji Bhawan and Museum complex. The Place is maintained by the Netaji Research Bureau(NRB), established in 1957 by Netaji's nephew, Dr. Sisir Kumar Bose, who accompanied Netaji during his daring escape till the Gomoh Phase of his escapade. The aims and objective of the NRB, obviously is to maintain the legacy and studies on Netaji's Life, struggles and teachings, and also cover the whole range of historical studies and research on the Indian independence movement, anti-colonial liberation struggles in Asia and related subjects. He also told me that the money collected from selling the books from the room, is completely contributed as funding for the NRB's works. I was really enthralled and grateful to Mr. Madan, for sharing this priceless information. I myself bought two books, "Brothers against the Raj" by author Leonard A. Gordon and "The Nation as a Mother", "His Majesty's Opponent" by author Sugata Bose, one of Netaji's own grand nephew, the Son of Sisir Kumar Bose. Thanking Mr. Madan for this beautiful conversation, I proceeded towards the inner areas of the house. Just a few steps from the ticket room-cum-book store, there was a very important exhibit at display inside a glass box, an exhibit which felt like a time machine. It was the very same sedan car which stole Netaji away from British clutches, The 1937 Model Wanderer BLA-7169. I was thrilled with the sight. I was froze to the ground admiring the car which had played such an important role in the story of Indian Independence. The car was renovated to working condition by the automobile giant, Audi and inaugurated by the then president of India, Pranab Mukherjee on January 18, 2017.