First Steps in Life in Ranchi and Patna

Suchandra Banerjee


Suchandra Banerjee was born in 1939 to Tapogopal and Usha Mukherjee. After she got married to an Army officer in 1958, she made her husband's family and the Indian Armed Forces' family her own. She moved with her husband from city to city, ending in Lutyen's Delhi when her husband, late Lt. General Ashish Banerjee PVSM, served as the Director-General of the National Cadet Corps. Known as a person of great spirit and generosity, she has helped several people, outside her family, whose start in life was disadvantaged. She nurtures a large extended family and contributes to endeavours and institutions serving to uplift communities and the arts. She lives in Noida in the home she retired to with her late husband.

Editor's note: Leena Brown, Suchandra Banerjee's daughter, submitted this story.

I was born in May 1939 to Usha and Tapogopal Mukherjee in a red brick house called The Burdwan House in Ranchi. Half of this house was my father's office and the other half our residence. I had an older sister, Shreela (nicknamed Bubu, and called Didi) five years older than me. On my father's promotion to the office of Additional Post-master General, we moved to Patna when I was a couple of weeks old.

Burdwan House Ranchi

Burdwan House, Ranchi. Late 1930s

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