India, Oct. 21 -- This was perhaps in 2011-12. When I entered the Prayagraj Express from Allahabad to Delhi, an old gentleman was sitting in front of me. I was settling down and arranging my luggage, when he asked if he had seen me somewhere. I looked at him closely, and felt that I had met him before as well. But the question was where.

Then, it struck me. The old gentleman extended his hand and introduced himself as Palok Basu. "Oh dada!", I exclaimed spontaneously. Palokda was a justice in the Allahabad High Court, but he never gave up the bond of brotherhood with the people of the city. When I first met him, he was among the eminent jurists and theatre artistes in the city.

Justice Basu was so warm-hearted that he bridged the long g...