Himendusekhar Banerjee was born at Narayanganj, near Dhaka, now in erstwhile Bangladesh and later shifted to Calcutta before the Partition of India. His father had a transferable job with whom he had to stay and thus, travelled far and wide across the region, experiencing life in rural Bengal; in mufassal towns of different districts where he grew up in the midst of pristine nature — rivers, trees, bushes, the open air and the simple folk. This led him to gather first-hand knowledge about the ways of life in rural Bengal which he later assimilated into his present research work. He has been a teacher for almost four decades and eventually retired as a Selection-Grade Lecturer from Khudiram Bose Central College, Kolkata, affiliated to Calcutta University. He participated and read papers in several seminars, published articles and commentaries based on his research works. ‘History of Canals in Bengal’ is the product of his years’ labour.