When Cong HQ was Suu Kyi's home
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, once lived at the bungalow here that is the Congress headquarters, occupying a room now held by Rahul Gandhi.delhi Updated: Nov 14, 2010 00:59 IST
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, once lived at the bungalow here that is the Congress headquarters, occupying a room now held by Rahul Gandhi.
She was 15 when she became an occupant of 24, Akbar Road in the heart of the capital after it was allotted to her mother Daw Khin Kyi, who was Myanmar's ambassador to India.
According to writer-journalist Rasheed Kidwai's new book '24, Akbar Road', this was the bungalow's first brush with history. Then PM Jawaharlal Nehru named the bungalow 'Burma House' in recognition of Daw Khin Kyi's status.
Says Kidwai in the book: 'Suu (Kyi) was a young girl with thick, long plaits of hair when she chose for her own the room that is currently occupied by Rahul Gandhi in his capacity as general secretary of the Congress.
'Suu picked the room because it had a huge piano. Every evening, a teacher would come to give her piano lessons.'
According to the book, Suu Kyi loved the house, which she found imposing on the outside and cool inside with its elegant rooms. It was in 24, Akbar Road that Suu Kyi learnt to make Japanese flower arrangements.
She also played with Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi in the garden.'Sanjay and Rajiv were her contemporaries, one born a year before her and the other a year later. She was often seen in their company at Rashtrapati Bhawan, where they took riding lessons from the presidential bodyguards.'