My grandfather was an orphan who was brought up by his aunt and became a very successful doctor in the town of Bagerhaat, Khulna in present day Bangladesh. He and his family had to leave overnight and give up their life and move as refugees to Kolkata in 1947.
Stories about how shellshocked they were to find out that their home and land, where they were born, was no longer India and was carved out to be then East Pakistan.
How my grandfather, the only adult male member of a family of 13 women, navigated safely to a land that was as strange and as new as any other, how they moved from a 'haveli' and sprawling land to being cooped up into a 2 bedroom house in Tollygunge...how they started from nothing....and how within 18 months of moving to this new land the young doctor passed away - leaving behind a family that was left to fend for themselves.
But it was a story of not only immense pain, sacrifice, and hardship but also a story about the human spirit.
I, Joydeep Kumar Haldar, want to dedicate this to my grandfather Bijoy Krishna Roychowdhury through this brilliant piece of narrative created by Meena Natarajan and directed by the brilliant Dipankar Mukherjee... 5 Weeks!"