Retired professor ensures her legacy with a gift of life insurance
May 31, 2019
SOURCE: McMaster Daily News
It all began with a plane ticket and the kindness of a stranger.
The year was 1968 and Basanti Majumdar learned she had been accepted to Columbia University on a scholarship. But she wouldn’t receive the funds until she arrived in New York — and to get there she needed a plane ticket from Delhi.
“I went to every head office of the airlines in Delhi to see if they would allow me to pay my plane ticket in instalments,” Majumdar recalls. From place to place, she was met with rejection. She arrived at one last office. “The front desk clerk said no. But then a man — Peter — emerged from the back and said he would be my guarantor for the cost of the ticket.”
She arrived in the United States with $12 in her pocket and soon made good on her promise to repay Peter.
Majumdar also made good on a promise to her family that education would always be a seminal part of her life.
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