“I have been taking care of Dadababu’s household for the past 30 years and have never seen this happen before. Serving food to him used to be a very casual affair. But not anymore. Now, the guards check the food before it is served to him,” she told The Indian Express.
“If Dadababu goes to the bathroom now, security guards wait outside for him. This is disgusting. But I’m happy, he is spending his life happily at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” she quickly added.
Chhaya had prepared bhaat (rice), posto, kalmi shak, aloo patoler dalna, thor mocha, mugger dal ,chatni papad and tak doi to welcome Mukherjee, who was visiting his Kolkata residence for the time after occupying the highest office of the country. Mukherjee arrived at his residence at 10 am and spent four hours speaking to Chhaya, other staff members, his relatives including son Abhjit and friends in the apartment.
So has the President changed? “No, not at all,” she replied. “Only that he has become pale and thin. I told Dadababu to take rest. He smiled and said he was fine and will take care of his health,” she added.
She said Mukherjee sometimes feels claustrophobic surrounded by security all the time in the huge Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Before he left the house, the President had already made his wish known to Chhaya. “He told us that at Rashtrapati Bhavan, cooks prepare mochar chop, which he said was fabulous. He told us to prepare it when he comes here again during the Pujas,” she said, her eyes glinting.