Today this building is a tourist destination, a legend. In the early hours of January 17, 1941, one of the founders of Indian National Army and one of the most enigmatic leaders of freedom struggle, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose conned the British intelligence and escaped from this house in Kolkata to wage a war on the Raj.
It was from the typically colonial 38/2, Elgin Road house in south Kolkata that Netaji spent nearly 25 years of his life. It was here that Bose, a rebellious college student, became a leader of the Indian National Congress and rolled out one of the greatest adventures of India's freedom struggle from its driveway.
It was through the verandah of the house while the city slept on a cold moonlit night in January 1941, that Bose tiptoed out of his bedroom and fled to Afghanistan and Europe. Which eventually resulted in the birth of the Azad Hind Fauj. Bose tricked the British intelligence and slipped out in this 1937 Wanderer, made in Germany. He had for chauffeur nephew Sisir, who was then only 20 years old. That daredevil act, which started in this driveway, is still fondly recounted by the successors of the young chauffeur.