History | Bengali men, American jazz4 min read . Updated: 08 Jun 2013, 12:02 PM IST
A new book traces the little-known narrative of Muslim men travelling from undivided Bengal to seek a living in the US
The middle-aged men among the villagers in Babnan, a rural hamlet in West Bengal’s Hooghly district, still tittle-tattle about the time when there was a “mem" in their midst. She spoke Spanish, wore gowns and would scream “cover, cover" whenever flies hovered over the food. In a Muslim-majority village, the memsahib, locally called Mrs Politon, had appeared unannounced one day in 1931—wife of the US-returned Niyamul Haque Mondal, a Muslim who had followed his father to the distant land as a chikan peddler.
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