Sukumar Chatterjee is a scientist, academician, sports-person, actor, writer, and story-teller. Born in Kolkata, and educated at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, the job of a scientist took him to New Delhi. After his retirement he moved, first to Gurgaon and then to Bengaluru. His urge to write novels found an outlet after his retirement, and he presently devotes all his time to writing.
His first book, a collection of four short stories, Women of Substance, was well received, while his second book, a full novel, Uma and Virginia in a Game of Intrigue, is being acclaimed by readers. He acknowledges his interest in story-telling to the many happy evenings spent in childhood at Ahmednagar listening to stories by his paternal grandfather, the late Mr. Panchkori Chatterjee, who was a writer and dramatist. He strongly believes in what his Grandpa once said, “Bring me the most mischievous child or a bored adult and I will keep him engaged for hours with my stories.”
In 1947, the Chatterjee family moves to Ahmednagar from Kolkata, only to find that the old city has lost its splendor. They make it their home and the children in the family, Swapan, Sukumar, Ashish and Jayashree, try to adjust in the new city. The book takes you through the children’s escapades; from going to picnics with friends, shooting arrows at each other and playing surparambya, to befriending a donkey that went to their school, they have plenty of adventure.
More importantly the children
learn about the history of Ahmednagar, from the tales they hear from
Grandpa. Does the family respond, as