CONTENTS:- 1. Culture dictates form: crowded lanes and secret courtyards style and construction. 2. A new urban culture: wealth and competition urban rajahs set the standard. 3. The spirit of a Great House: the home of the Tagores. 4. Maintaining the past: marble, mirrors, and a Rubens: the palace of the Mullick family. 5. Tradition and identity: splendid ruins, architectural expression and independence. 6. European style in Calcutta: the Maharajah of Burdwan's city palace. 7. East and West, old and new: Thanthania, the Great Houses of the Laha family. 8. The power of the image: The deity at home, religion and everyday life. 9. Rural splendour: Ruined and forgotten, the Andul Raj Bati. 10. Quiet contemplation: country life in Rural Bengal.