We have already
seen how Bose honoured hte Indian sages of the past. Scientists of other countries praised
Bose's important dicoveries; Bose used to say, "The sages of India knew all this long
He loved to visit the various shrines of India. Accompained by his wife
he would make these trips whenever he could find time. He used to take photographs
of the places he visited and had quite acollection of these photographs. He went to places
of historical or mythological interest. The famous sculptures and the temple architecture
of our land always thrilled him. He visited Sanchi, Chitorgarh, Ajmer and Nainital as well
as the cave temples of Orissa and the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. He visited the Puri
Jagannatha swamy Temple. He also visited well-known places of pilgrimage of South India
like Rameshwaram, Madurai and Tanjore. He visited the shrines at the foot of Himalayas;
Kedarnath particularly appealed to him.
Jagadishchandra Bose was not a proud man. He was simple, affectionate
and warm. It is not surprising that many great persons of the day were his friends.
Prafulla Chandra Ray, another famous scientist, was one of his close friends. Eminent men
like Gopalakrishna Gokhale and Mahatma Gandhi knew and respected him. Sister Nivedita was
another good friend. She was an Irish lady; her name was Margaret Nobel. She was the
disciple of Swami Vivekananda. She settled down in India and spent her life in the service
of the people of this country. She recognized the genius in Bose. Bose toiled hard to
educate the people about the importance of science, and Sister Nivedita admired his
efforts. So she was keenly looking forward to the birth of the Bose Research Institute. In
memory of her, Bose placed in front of the Institute the statue of a woman stepping
forward with a light in her hand.
He had another good friend, one Mrs.Bull. While touring America he was
her guest. She had taken care of him as a mother. When he fell ill in Paris, she traveled
to Paris, made arrangements for his treatment and personally looked after him. There were
two other friends of his, two giants of the literary world. They were George Bernard Shaw,
the English dramatist and Romain Rolland, the French writer. Both of them dedicated one
book each to Jagadishchandra Bose.