The president’s guests speak about the time they got to spend with him
GN Bureau | July 4, 2017
They may not have tweeted about it, as some did, or been vocal about it. But for the many guests who spent time at Rashtrapati Bhavan, as president Pranab Mukherjee’s guests, the experience was nevertheless overwhelming. Many of them, like Prabal Basu, a poet from Kolkata, found it amazing that the president attended to them, asked after their well-being, made them feel at home. “It was the height of generosity,” says Basu, a Sahitya Akademi award-winning poet who has also edited Signposts, a translated anthology of Bengali poetry since independence.
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