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Mukherjee, wife make nostalgic trip to Narail

NARAIL, March 5, 2013 (BSS) - The first Bengali Indian President along with her spouse Suvra Mukherjee today made his maiden visit to his in-laws' ancestral home to be accorded a hearty traditional reception meant for a "jamai" or husband of a Bengali woman at the western Narail.

"We received 'dadababu' (husband of elder sister's husband) with 'uuluddhani' and 'mangal pradip' as he arrived with our (cousin) sister Suvradi," Suvra Mukherjee's cousin told BSS after the couple's private visit.

An air force helicopter carrying Mukherjee and the first lady landed at Narail town from where they took a motor drive through the village roads up to Bhadrabila village, some nine kilometres away to be received by their relatives.

"Pranab Mukherjee exchanged pleasantries with his in-laws and enquired about their welfare . . . he knew many of them while his wife introduced to him several other relatives," ruling Awami League lawmaker from the constituency Fazilatunnesa Bappi told BSS from the scene as she accompanied the couple.

Witnesses said the in-laws offered him a gold chain to their 'dadababu" as a gift and a sari to their 'didi' (first lady)
during their brief 1.45 hours trip when they visited a nearby
Hindu temple and offered prayers.

The enthusiastic relatives entertained the high-profile couple with coconut waters and Bengali traditional sweetmeats while a makeshift stage was erected on the premises of the household for their exclusive family reception.

The ancestors of Suvra Mukherjee migrated to India in the early 1950s, years after the 1947 partition but she was born and went to her elementary schools in Narail.

The first lady earlier visited her ancestral home for once in 1995 along with her daughter and revisited it with her husband, who made his maiden tour to his in-laws' ancestral home.