My work is deeply influenced by my two converging life-worlds. I was born in one of Bengal’s erstwhile land-owning zamindar families, a class that, in the post-Independence period, witnessed the steady degeneration of not only it's socio-economic standing but also its exalted position as the patron of arts and culture. Despite this slow material elision wrought through time and social change, the nostalgia and memory of its aristocratic past survived in my family. During my childhood, these memories proved to be more resilient than the crumbling roofs, the papering walls, and the cracks in the pillars that served as both the material as well as the symbolic reminder of the changing conditions.