For many years of their active political life, Ajoy and Biswanath stayed in the same house.
He was a very active man and he gave us, the young Bong group from the Air Force a hearty welcome when we visited the Puja.
Like everywhere else, the four evenings during the days of Puja were filled with songs and dances, theatre and poetical recitations, and of course other traditional items like the ‘Dhunuchi Dance’ and small games for little children.
During Durga Puja, it is also customary to visit all such functions within striking distance, and we followed that social norm .
Of the handful of celebrations that took place in Madras, the Puja performed by he Bengali Association at Giri Road was considered to be a major one.
A few examples are given below: Sarojini Naidu was a very prominent congress leader.
Her brother Harindranath Chattopadhyaya represented Vijaywada as an independent candidate supported by the Communist party of India in the first Lok Sabha.
I was then an instructor at the Flying Instructors’ School there.
The Puja was held at the Domestic camp at Madambakkam which we could reach on a bicycle in five minutes from the officers’ mess.
The entertainment programs were managed by a very smart young lady in her early thirties.
Through out the days of Puja, she was highly visible running around and arranging events. She was married to the very high profile communist leader from Madras, Mr Mohan Kumaramangalam. She was a girl from Jessore who was a member of a study circle run by my Ma in our house.
He was a member of the Communist Party of India till 1967.