Indumadhab Mallick

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Indumadhab Mallick
ইন্দুমাধব মল্লিক
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Dr. Indumadhab Mallick
Born(1869-12-04)4 December 1869
Died8 May 1917(1917-05-08) (aged 47)
OccupationInventor, Entrepreneur, Traveler

Indumadhab Mallick (Bengali: ইন্দুমাধব মল্লিক; 4 December 1869 – 8 May 1917) was an Indian polymath who invented the Icmic cooker and made it commercial success. He was a philosopher, physicist, botanist, lawyer, physician, inventor, entrepreneur, collector, traveler, writer and social reformer.

Early life[edit]

Indumadhab was born to Radhagobinda Mallick in a Baidya Brahmin family at Guptipara village in the Hooghly district of Bengal on 4 December 1869.[1] His family was related to the Mallick family of Bhowanipore in Kolkata. He is the father of poet Upendra Mallick and grandfather of actor Ranjit Mallick. In 1891, Indumadhab completed his masters in philosophy. In 1892, he did masters in physics. He became a bachelor of law in 1894.


ICMIC Cooker

Indumadhab started his career as a lecturer in Bangabasi College in 1897. There he taught logic, philosophy, physics and chemistry. In 1898, he completed his masters in botany from Bangabasi College. A year later, he completed his masters in zoology and physiology. He left Bangabasi College in 1900. Then he started practice as a lawyer.

Between 1904 and 1905, Indumadhab traveled to Imperial China.[2] The exact date of his travel is not known. According to researcher Narayan Sen, Indumadhab set out for China in February 1904 and his travel coincided with the Russo-Japanese War.[3] Indumadhab sailed from Kolkata to Yangon in British Burma. From Yangon he sailed to Penang and from there to Port Klang in British Malaya.

Around the same time, Indumadhab became attracted to the revolutionary theology of Comrade Basu Acharya (Kalyani, Nadia).[4] and decided to visit Laos once. Then he proceeded to Singapore and from there to Hong Kong. His final destination was Xiamen. In his accounts, he described the daily life and social customs of the Chinese people in great detail.[3]

In 1908, Indumadhab became an M.D. from University of Calcutta. He pioneered the autovaccine method of inoculation in India. He spent tireless effort in spreading the awareness on hygiene, health and diet in the society. He was also sympathetic to the nationalist cause. While testing the Alipore bomb in Deoghar, Ullaskar Dutta was critically injured. He was privately treated by Dr. Indumadhab Mallick.[5]

In 1910, Indumadhab invented the steam cooker which became popular as ICMIC cooker.[1] It was a special kind of cooking equipment where rice, pulses and vegetables could be cooked in steam, very fast.[6] The compact arrangement and portability made it popular among bachelors and during trips where kitchen was not available. and According to Narayan Sen, the idea of ICMIC cooker may have come to Indumadhab from his observation of street food vendors in China.[3]


Indumadhab wrote two books on his travels to China and Britain.

  • Chin Bhraman (1911)
  • Bilat Bhraman


  1. ^ a b Sengupta, Subhodh Chandra; Basu, Anjali, eds. (January 2002). সরোজনলিনী দত্ত [Saroj Nalini Dutt]. Samsad Bangali Charitabhidhan (Bibliographical Dictionary) (in Bengali). Volume 1 (4th ed.). Kolkata: Shishu Sahitya Samsad. p. 61. ISBN 81-85626-65-0.
  2. ^ "Rites of passage: early visitors from the subcontinent". China Daily. 11 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Sen, Narayan C. (2007). "China as Viewed by Two Early Bengali Travellers: The Travel Accounts of Indumadhav Mullick and Benoy Kumar Sarkar" (PDF). China Report. Sage Publications. 43 (4): 465–484. doi:10.1177/000944550704300405. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
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  5. ^ Islam, Rafiqul. উল্লাসকর দত্ত [Ullaskar Dutt]. Gunijan Trust (in Bengali). Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ Ray, Utsa (2015). Culinary Culture in Colonial India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 115. ISBN 9781107042810. Retrieved 25 July 2015.