Category Archives: Bengal

Manusher Ghorbari: Atin Bandopadhyay

“After we had been without food the whole day, my younger brother Piloo came back with news of a network of cucumber vines on a trellis beside a house. He took me to the place in the afternoon and showed … Continue reading

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Today is not Calcutta’s birthday, thank you.

According to the High Court and a panel of eminent historians in 2003, this is not the day that Calcutta was founded by Job Charnock, that sullen Lancastrian who was disliked by his peers but so appreciated as an honest … Continue reading

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বরং/ Borong/ The Alternative: Premendra Mitra

বরং প্রেমেন্দ্র মিত্র কোথায় যাব ভেবেছিলাম হয়নি যাওয়া। বন্ধ ঘরের সার্সি কাঁপায় দমকা হাওয়া। কাঁপাক, তবু ঘরেই আছি। ভাবনাগুলোর পোকা বাছি, জ্বালায় যখন, তাড়াই মাছি, ঠিক জেনেছি, চক্ষু দুটি ঢাকলে পরেই ফুরোয় চাওয়া। শিখেছি তো যেদিকে রোদ সেদিক ঘেঁষেই বাড়তে, … Continue reading

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Favourite letters from a Rainy Day or Borshar Priyo Chithi: Srijato

‘It was dusty. The rain kept beating down. The streets were empty in our ancient town. The clouds of the past never went any where Caught by a thousand umbrellas as they were. If they went, would the bus stop … Continue reading

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Rajkahini, Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

‘When Maldev brought Hambeer to the court where his father and his father’s father had ruled their kingdom from, one cannot begin to describe what was going through Hambeer’s mind. He felt as though all the brave men of the … Continue reading

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Clive of India

Seeing that it is the anniversary of the Battle Of Plassey, Robert Clive was born in September 1725 at Styche Hall, near the village of Moreton Say near Market Drayton. His father, Richard, was a lawyer and a former MP, … Continue reading

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Tell me, which village is that?

Your father lives in this village Your husband lives in that Which of them is yours woman Tell me, which village is that? All your life you cooked in pots bought by someone else And lived in someone else’s house … Continue reading

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