Gandhi meets Santu in Kakababu adventures
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A cavalcade stopped in front of a monument and Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, along with his wife and a few family members got down and walked towards the building. Before Santu could say anything Jojo rushed to him and said: "Are you going to climb up the building? Will you take us along because we also want to go there but the police have not allowed us to do so." The Governor smiled and then told the policemen to allow the two of them to follow him."
Since he took over as the Governor of West Bengal five years ago, Gopalkrishna Gandhi has made several forays into public life, interacting with members of the hoi polloi, moving around the city incognito. And on one occasion, he went up the Shahid Minar along with his family and had a bird's eye view of the city.
And it was the instance that found a place in leading Bengali author Sunil Gangopadhyay's latest novel on the popular Santu Kakababu series Agneyagirir Peter Madhey (Inside the Volcano) published in this year's Durga Puja number of Anandamela.
Incidentally this is the first time that one of Governor's public interaction was fictionalised by a Bengali author.
In the Santu-Kakababu series, Gangopadhyay writes about a middle-aged detective, popularly called 'Kakababu', who though is differently-abled, solves crimes braving all odds.
He is assisted by his nephew Santu, a college-going young man, who is an expert in martial arts.
In his newest novel on the series, the Governor advises Santu and his friend Jojo to dream and work hard. He also mentions that his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi went to South Africa and pursued the legal profession in the country.
And the Governor liked the way he was depicted in the novel. "He read the novel and was greatly amused. In fact he kept the Puja number of Anandamela with him," a Raj Bhavan official told The Indian Express.