The narrow streets, crowd & chaotic traffic is not what old Chinsurah or Chuchura (as it’s called now) in West Bengal was all about. Being the former Dutch colony i.e. between 1615 – 1825, this region was one of the most scenic towns in Bengal. As a testimony you could have a look at the Clock Tower & its classic white architecture will let you assume the town’s past old-world grandeur.
However, what caught my attention whilst my tour to Chinsurah & Bandel is the Sussana Anna Maria’s Tomb! This tomb has 2 popular local names, i.e. “Saat Shaheber Bibir Kobor”, meaning “Grave of the Wife of Seven Europeans” & “Memshaber Kobor”, meaning “Grave of the European Lady”. And as the mind would love to travel far & beyond, it obviously reminded me of Ruskin Bond’s Story, Susana’s Seven Husband, a 5 page story that was made into a film by director, Vishal Bharadwaj named “Saat Khoon Maaf”. I am sure we all have seen this movie, with Priyanka Chopra essaying the character of a Dutch widow, named Susana Ana Maria Johannes whose husbands went missing, as she started killing them one by one!
As I sat on the stairs of this memorial, I realized the Mausoleum of Sussana Anna Maria Yeats for locals is a daily site for evening chit-chats or curiosity haunts at times! But with my basic research on the way, the site had now appealed not just to my eyes, but imagination as well.