SANTI RANJAN PALIT was born in Calcutta on Marcli 24, 1912. His
ancestral home was in Gabdhan in the District of Barisal, now in Bangladesh.
His father, Naranarayan Palit, came to Calcutta after passing Entrance
examination from Barisal. In Calcutta, he got a job as a cashier in the estate
of the then renowned Sil family. He was a very kind and honest person.
Santi Ranjan's mother Srimati Kusum Kumari had a great yearning for
learning. She was herself a brilliant student in her career, though she had to give up formal studies at a very early stage. She continued, throughout her
life, to improve her knowledge through self-educatio n. Santi Ranjan was
the only son amongst four sisters. He was greatly influenced by his mother,
and it is by her insistence he could continue his higher education. This was
particularly so since his father wanted him to take up a job after pasqing