The news of Subhash Chacha's disappearance was spread in the same way as we had planned. Our idea was effective and the government and police were completely confused. We heard that on January 19 (1941) the authorities located a Japanese ship that left Calcutta and turned it towards a Chinese port to search it! However, we also heard that the Central Intelligence Bureau bosses in Delhi did not believe in the rumors that Subhash Chacha had renounced his worldly life and had become a monk. A precautionary message was sent to all the borders and ports to locate and capture Subhash Bose. But by the time the police came to know about the disappearance, the uncle had crossed the northwestern border of India and entered the tribal areas going to Kabul.
Sometime later, Suresh Majumdar of Anandabazar Patrika told the father about information he had heard from a Delhi source. Apparently, a few days later a sensational reveal in the newspapers that a ticket checker of the East Indian Railway had seen someone who looked like Subhash Chandra Bose. The police questioned him. And according to the information of Mr. Majumdar, the description of the dress and disguise of the person, which resembled the pseudo disguise of Mohammed Ziauddin as an uncle. One evening, Dad called me and said about Majumdar's message that the details are so close to reality that it seems the ticket checker had probably seen Subhash Chacha. I agreed with him and was worried.
Meanwhile, at home and outside, there was no limit to the speculation about Subhash Chacha's disappearance. Many family members were silent, especially those who believed that the uncle had some political motive. I could never read my grandmother's mind. I think she was seriously worried, but externally she was calm. Our doctor uncle Sunil used to think practically. He feared that after being completely isolated politically, Subhash might have done something to come out of frustration. How did he hide in India? Even the little child knew them. At the same time, some people agreed to take his retirement.
My grandmother was a religious woman. He told us with great confidence that Subhash will return one day in the disguise of the monk. It is true that Subhash Chacha once ran away from home in search of a spiritual master when he was a teenager. In the decades after independence, many rumors spread that Subhash Chacha was seen in the disguise of sadhus. Our family friend Nripendra Chandra Mitra heard that one evening two Sikhs came to meet Subhash Chacha and later three turbaned people went out of the house in Elgin Road. My cousin Ganesh told a very colorful story, which he had heard. One day late at night, a tall, handsome man came to the banks of the Ganges and asked the sailor to take him to the middle of the river. When he said to pay a lot of money to the sailor, the sailor agreed. As the boat reached deep water, a loud sound was heard and a submarine surfaced. The tall man gave the sailor money and jumped into the submarine.
The submarine once again made a loud sound and got into the water. After turning the house of Elgin Road into a museum, people from all over India started visiting it as a pilgrimage place. Once I heard that an old woman was telling her younger grandson how Subhash's uncle transformed himself into a bodyless creature and came out of the iron bars of the room's window and ran down the street to escape. Subhash Chacha's adventurous and remarkable feat was that he was a genuine and committed revolutionary who became the subject of many fairy tales.