Born in a Bengali family in Murshidabad district of West Bengal, Baby was abandoned by her  mother at the age of 4 and later she spent her childhood with an abusive alcoholic father  and a step mother. Though she was sent to school but latter dropped out when was in sixth  standard. Like many other girls in her locality, Baby was forced to marry at the age of 12  to a man, who was 14-years elder than her.



Baby had her first child when she was just 13-year-old, and two other in a very quick  succession. It was her sister's death, after which she started working as domestic help  in neighbouring areas. Finally in 1999 at the age of 25, after years of domestic violence,  Baby left her husband and escaped to Delhi with her three kids, sons Subodh, Tapas and  daughter Priya.



To earn livelihood and support her kids' education, Baby took domestic helper job in the national capital. It was not easy for her at all as she encountered with many  barbaric incidents and opprobrious house owners; which latter on get placed in her  memoir.



But life has some other plan for Baby rather sweeping floors and washing clothes.  Neither the employer nor the employee can remember the exact date when Baby was hired  by the retired professor Prabodh Kumar as a domestic helper. Kumar, grandson of Hindi  literary scholar Munsi Premchand, hired Baby through a milkman. And here started a new  chapter  of  her life.



The renowned academician Kumar observed something unusual in this newly employed  maid's behaviour. She works silently throughout the day but her finger stops only  when she begins cleaning of Kumar's library. After observing her few more days, the  Professor finally confrontted her, “Do you Read?”.

Following her love for reading, the Professor allowed baby to use his library and  she chose Taslima Nasreen's, 'Amar Meyebela' (My Girlhood). And then rapidly she  finished other famous books of famous writers. And one day the kind professor brought  her a pen and notebook.


"It was nearly 20 years since I had ever written in a copybook, I had forgotten  spellings. It was very embarrassing, especially when my children wanted to know  why I was writing in a copybook instead of them," Baby said once.

With this pen and paper she begun her voyage towards literature; she started writing  about her past life, which latter become the best selling, ' Aalo Aandhar'. New York  Times dubbed Baby's memoir as Indian “Angela’s Ashes".



A voracious reader Baby has written two other books, 'Eshat Roopantar' in Bengali,  a sequel of her first book and 'A Life Less Ordinary' .

Baby now lives with her elder son Subodh in Gurgaon and has also brought house in  Kolkata. Her life now revolves around the World of literature.

Snigdha Mandal

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