Life Back Then
My father, Birendra Kumar Chatterji, was born on 10 December, 1923 to Professor Khetra Pada Chatterjee and Janhabi Chatterjee. The family lived in Allahabad where Khetra Pada Chatterjee was a Professor of Chemistry, and later Head of Department in Allahabad University. The Chatterjee family was one of the leading probasi Bengali families of Allahabad.
In 1969, I had the privilege of driving Morarji Desai, who later became India's Prime Minister, in our beloved family car: the Hillman. In a manner of speaking it was an iconic moment in my life. I have written a detailed account of driving Morarji Desai in the Hillman in My meetings with the Prime Minister when he was out of power
It was early 1950. We were living in Daryaganj, Old Delhi. There was a knock at the door (there was no doorbell). I ran to see who it was. A saree clad elderly lady stood there. She was carrying a packet. I didn't recognize her, but folded my hands and said ‘Namaste', anyway.