“I Developed Writing as a Hobby”
Dignity Dialogue|October 2020
In this interview, Suresh Chandra elaborates about what keeps him active and robust while he goes about engaged in the welfare of seniors.
Suresh Chandra

Could you tell us something about yourself?

I was born in a very poor family. My father had very little education and worked as a clerk in a shop, getting a salary of ₹20 per month. Moreover, he was infected with tuberculosis at the young age of 30, suffered intense pain for one year, and expired in the year 1942. I was a child of eight years then. I was good at studies and got a first division in my matriculation examination but in intermediate could get only a second class. After that my guardians refused to support me and hence I had to work as a primary school teacher in a village.

Following that stint, I was selected as an assistant station master in the Indian Railways. I was married in 1955 because my guardians felt that my job offered good prospects and therefore it was the right time to tie the nuptial knots. However, I was not satisfied with my railway job and so after a gap of four years I joined college again and to my utter surprise got a first division in BA and a gold medal in English. But ill luck struck me again and in MA I could get only a third division. I wanted to be a degree college lecturer but such a poor grade did not make eligible for it. For all other government services I was age-barred.

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