I was born in a large middle class family in a remote village in the District of Bankura, West Bengal in 1954. My initial schooling was in the village primary school followed by high school in Bengali medium where English, Hindi and Sanskrit were taught from sixth the standard onwards. My father was a school teacher in the High school and also had the added responsibility of managing the village post office apart from looking after the agricultural fields and running his charitable Homeopathic dispensary. He was a simple, honest, hardworking person with the single motto of bringing up his children to the best of their abilities, sacrificing his own luxury and comfort. My mother was a homemaker with lot of love and care. Both of them taught us dignity of labour, honesty and dedication right from our childhood days.