‘Jagari’: A look into the tale of the sleepless night

An engrossing tale of a single night spanning 250 pages, Satinath Bhaduri’s ‘Jagari’ occupies a unique place in Indian Literature. It was translated into English as ‘The Vigil’ in 1965 by Lila Ray. A fascinating fact is that ‘Jagari’ was the author’s debut novel, written during his imprisonment. Continue reading ‘Jagari’: A look into the tale of the sleepless night

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: Wanderlust of the enchanting storyteller

In 12 September 1894, in the remote village of Muratipur in Bengal’s Nadia district- a boy was born to Mahananda Bandyopadhyay and Mrinalini Devi. He was named Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay- a name that would eventually become monumental in upcoming Bengali literature, a name that no nature loving bibliophile would be able to forget Continue reading Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay: Wanderlust of the enchanting storyteller

Nalak: A picturesque tale

The story narrates the life of Gautama Buddha- his journey in becoming Buddha from Prince Siddhartha. But the author does this through a novel way. He tells the story of Gautama in parallel with that of Nalak, a little village boy. Nalak is born with the special power of divine vision- owing to which he gapes at the incidents of Buddha’s life happening at the same time in another part of the world. Continue reading Nalak: A picturesque tale

Lust for life: Thoughts on a translation

These days, Vincent Van Gogh has become a household name. He stands out as one of the most celebrated artists of the nineteenth century with his celebrated paintings, especially Starry Night. Yet, how much do we know about him as a person- about the hardships and adversities he had to face in his life in order to pursue his passion? Continue reading Lust for life: Thoughts on a translation

Ray’s Professor Shanku: Mind blowing inventions by the mastermind

With a stroke of his pen, Satyajit Ray made his fictional scientist-inventor Professor Trilokeshwar Shanku invent the CameRapid. Could he possibly think of Fuji’s brilliant instant print camera which would eventually be invented precisely to serve the same function? Continue reading Ray’s Professor Shanku: Mind blowing inventions by the mastermind