22 September, 2020

‘What Will I Now Tell Bablu, Who Loves Didi?’

Sports Journalist TMC North Malda; Lost

‘What Will I Now Tell Bablu, Who Loves Didi?’

“Congrats Mausam,” I said, extending my hand to the sitting MP of North Malda at about 2.40 pm when the writing was literally on the wall inside one of the counting rooms of Malda College. Being much you­nger than me, Mausam stood up, smiled and shook my hand. Having campaigned aga­inst the legacy of Ghani Khan Chowd­hury in “the most challenging Lok Sabha seat”, I had no feeling of remorse. I had lost the battle for North Malda but had earned almost two lakh votes. The dust of seven assembly constituencies had settled on my black hat for good. I considered it a blessing of the district I was born in and stopped my wife Marisa from washing it. It is after all more precious than the white hat I had lent Shahrukh Khan during kkr’s victory celebrations at Eden Gardens two years ago.

Though I had watched my uncle Ram Prasanna Ray deal with Malda district as a Rajya Sabha MP when I was still in St Paul’s school, and my mother Manjula tutor a political novice named Mamata Banerjee in my St Xavier’s college days in the early...



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