The Bengalis

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Well yes! I am grateful I could do my trip to #Kolkata this year before the #Lockdown took place! I have a lot of memories with Kolkata, some that I can't even express. Kolkata book fair was one of those. I picked up books, also witnessed the excellent collection of art & the lip-snaking eateries! The city of joy has all my love & gratitude, 2020 indeed started off grand!
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This #bookreview is dedicated to the artistic souls of #Kolkata !
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The Greatest Bengali Stories ever told by Arunava Sinha is a collection of stories with Bengal to English translation. The most attractive thing, of course the cover, this book caught my eyes in one glance!
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Arunava Sinha has handpicked 21 short stories, each by a different author. All stories are is distinctive and exhibit a discreet form of work. The stories relate to the time and during the era of the respective author, hence they all stand out to be different & take you through disparate times. While entertaining, some also deal with the social issues back then, like the money lending giving a glimpse of the social mores & culture then-a-days. You may wonder if we've evolved in time or perhaps still are stuck up a little bit with the olden way of life!
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While Rabindranath Tagore has been my most favourite author since childhood. We had Tales of Tagore in our Literature session too, this book brought back my childhood memories. I also enjoyed reading stories by Banaphool, Satyajit Ray, Nabarun Bhattacharya, Mahasweta Devi and Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay.
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A beautiful collection of 21 Bengali short stories, fantastically translated what more could I ask for! I have read and re-read few and trust me I can read them again and again. For instance I had read The Kabuliwallah by Tagore, when I was in school but I read it all over again and believe you me it's I remember it all till today and I'm sure forever!
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I highly recommend readers to read this collection once & you'll eventually end up reading some of the bengali stories again. The tales will give you a feel good moment which is so much the need of the hour!
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Final rating 4.5/5

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