When Shurjomukhi was young, her family lived in an asymmetrical house that held two parallel worlds. They resided in both, with their steps following a specific rhythm to walk in and out of these dual realities. The house was built during the British era and stood in an old part of Dhaka called Gandaria. It was originally called Grand Area, but the tongue of time had robbed the name of its luxury, turning it into gibberish.
In addition to first and second floors, Shurjomukhi’s house also had rooms on the one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half floors. The family’s heirlooms, memories and secrets were stored in those in-betweens. Shurjo’s bedroom was on floor one-and-a-half, a landing that had been made into a small room. Her parents slept on the second floor and grandparents on the first. Shurjo was put there because she could not decide which set of adults she wanted to spend her nights with. They had humoured her and come up with this in-between solution. This put Shurjo at an equal distance from the two couples, and closest to the treasures of her family’s past.