Edited by Prasad Sanyal | Updated: July 22, 2012 14:41 IST
Growing up in Birbhum, in rural Bengal, Pranabda was better known by his 'daknam' or nickname - Poltu.
He began his career as a clerk in the office of the Deputy Accountant-General in Kolkata. He has also worked as a teacher in a Birbhum college and as a journalist for Desher Dak, a Bengali publication.
The 76-year old Mr Mukherjee maintains a diary. Even when he was managing some of the biggest ministries - External Affairs, Defence and Finance - Pranab Babu managed to write a page every day. His daughter wants to publish it. Not in his lifetime, Mr Mukherjee insists.
The quintessential Bengali, Pranab babu's favourite food is fish curry. Not one for eating out, he eats fish curry almost every day, except Tuesdays. He is also known to be exceptionally fond of posto or poppy seeds that are ground and cooked with vegetables.
He is an early riser - and hits works after his puja every morning. At night, he reads before he goes to bed, and take a customary nap in the afternoon for an hour.
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