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Supriya Kumar Debroy


During my college days in 1980-81, when I first read Samaresh Majumdar’s ‘Uttoradhikar’ (the first book of Animesh series – Uttoradhikar, Kalbela, Kalpurush and Moushalkal) – I was immediately connected with my Dadubhai (Grandfather) with whom I spent the first part of my childhood. Saritsekhar (Animesh’s grandfather) of Uttoradhikar novel used to remind me of my Dadubhai with whom I spent almost four years (from  1.5 to 5.5 years of my age). My Dadubhai was a very tall and sturdy man, and I used to feel protected  under his shade of love and affection. Dadubhai made a palace like house at Barasat with Puja mondap, a pond surrounded with coconut trees and others like Neem, Jackfruit, Water fruit (jamrul), Guava, etc. We had five types of Guava trees, Strawberry tree (lichi), Jamun tree, may be 10 types of Mango trees. There was a huge Lemon tree at the backside of…