Kolkata: Exhausted Abhijit Banerjee reaches home to sound of conch shells | Kolkata News

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KOLKATA: Clad in a white shirt, a pair of black trousers and a red sleeveless jacket, an exhausted Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee walked into his Ballygunge home at 8pm on Tuesday and hugged her mother straight away.
“It feels nice to be back home. But I had a very hectic day. I even have a sore throat and I am feeling a bit sick. All I need is some rest now,” Banerjee told TOI at his eighth floor apartment.
His mother Nirmala Banerjee, who was all decked up in a pink saree waiting for her son, asked the Nobel laureate about the flight and the journey back home. “The flight was fine but there were so many people, it’s a bit exhausting,” he told his mother.
Once at Saptaparni Apartment — at 7.54pm — the 5ft 11 inches tall lanky economist got off the beacon-fitted car. He brought out his luggage — a small trolley bag — and some gifts that he carried in two paper bags. While Banerjee’s resident driver took the trolley bag, the cops escorting him took care of other bags. Banerjee himself carried three bouquets that were presented to him at the airport.
As he walked towards the entrance to the tower, a group of residents blew conch shells to welcome him home. “It’s a proud moment for all of us. Everyone cannot boast of having a Nobel laureate as their neighbour. We are proud, we are among those lucky few to have him as our neighbour,” said Sudeshna Chatterjee, who stood on her drawing room window for hours waiting to see him arrive at the apartment. She hopes to meet him in person and congratulate him on Wednesday.
While a group of reporters tried to speak to him outside the tower’s entrance, he waved his hands at them and made gestures to convey that he was not in a position to speak anymore and took the lift to reach his eighth floor home. “The reception I received in the city, right from the airport till my home, is overwhelming. But because of the hectic schedule I had through the day, I have fallen a bit sick and will be in a better position to cherish the reception on Wednesday,” Banerjee told TOI at his home.
Before leaving, the policemen accompanying Banerjee asked him about his itinerary for Wednesday and enquired that if he had any plans to visit some places. “I haven’t decided yet. So far, I only have plan to visit one place but I am yet to finalise that. I would like to rest now and will call you if I have any concrete plans for tomorrow,” he said while thanking the policemen and settling at the drawing room sofa beside his mother.
Earlier in the day, a representative from the office of MP Nusrat Jahan had visited their home with an ice box containing a 2.5kg hilsa and a box of lobsters from Basirhat. “I had read in TOI that Abhijit Banerjee loves hilsa but his mother was finding it difficult to get good fish in Kolkata markets. So I presented a fish to them,” Nusrat Jahan said.
After Banerjee reached home, a number of neighbours from the nearby flats came to his home hoping to meet and congratulate him. However, he had gone to his bedroom by then and asked them to come on Wednesday. “He said he was very tired but had promised to meet us on Wednesday,” a neighbour said.





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