Kolkata: In life as in politics, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is known to have unconventional ways, like when she used saucepans for taking bath during her trip to New York in 1998 or bought lip balms mistaking them for lipsticks.

"I had left a saucepan in the bathroom because in American hotels, it is difficult to get buckets or mugs. When I entered my room, I bumped into the cleaning lady and she was quite bewildered about the saucepan in the bathroom," Banerjee writes in her just-published memoirs "My Unforgettable Memories".

"I tried to explain to her that I use it to take my bath but she just could not understand," she says recalling the funny incident.

Call her unsmart or whatever, the chief minister once rode pillion on a motorbike in rural Bengal and even now wears 'hawai chappals' (rubber slippers) to office.

She was candid enough to say in her book, "When it comes to things like this (shopping), I am not very smart; in fact, kids today are far smarter than me."

She said she had never been fond of dressing up and wearing make-up.