Born: September 27, 1953.
Death: August 22, 2015.
It was Saturday, the 22nd August when Anit, as he was known to all and young Bablu to me, walked into the Sunset and on to a new dawn.
Born in 1953 to an illustrious father, Sri Kali Krish Banerjee, a well known and respected barrister, and Shrimati Abha Banerjee, Anit went to school at Goethals Memorial School in Kurseong. On completion of his schooling, a high spirited and lovable Anit full of pranks enrolled himself at Cotton College in Guwahati. After graduation, he joined Tata Finley and worked as a tea planter for over a decade. However, he had to return to Guwahati because of family responsibilities and joined Eastern Tea Brokers and served the company with great distinction. Post retirement, he served as an adviser in Assam Tea Brokers Pvt. Ltd.
Young Anit always exuded an infectious, positive energy and a sense of well-being which enthused everybody around him. Not one to be mired and bemoan the past, he bestrode the present firmly and with immense confidence. He always looked upon the future with optimism and hope.
When death came calling, albeit too early, Anit was prepared, at peace with himself and merged with the gentle breeze. Aptly and fleetingly he may have pondered over these immortal words.
“Of all the wonders I yet have heard,
It seems strange to me,
That men should fear,
Death being a necessary end,
Will come when it will come,
The valiant never taste of death but once.”
Farewell, my brother. May you be happy on that distant shore doing what you did so well in our midst.