Excerpts from Partha Chatterjee’s ‘The Nation and its Fragments’ documenting the day to day functioning of Mess Baris or Boarding Houses. Chatterjee here refers to the Indian National Congress leader Bipinchandra Pal’s anecdotes to illustrate the decision making process of such Mess Baris.
Citation – Chatterjee, Partha. The Nation and Its Fragments: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories . Princeton University Press, 1993.