Prachet Gupta (14 October, 1962) has captivated the attention of the Bengali story-lovers with his unique style. His stories have real stories, not just ideas. His narrative takes us directly into the midst of the story without rambling. Our atention is immediately drawn to the situation. The selected story has the element of fun. But it ends with an earnest appeal.
Samaresh Majumdar (born on March 10, 1942) has won the hearts of Bengali story-lovers with his direct and straightforward narative technique. He goes into the story directly without digressions on the mood of the characters. He presents us the details, the reader is to form the ideas. Our selection for this month is a story by this author which at the beginning seemds to be a story on the parting words of a dying man. We finish the story with the belief that as long as we are in the midst of people, we can always expect a happy smile on the face of our parting friends.
Does soul exist beyond the physical frame? This question has puzzled man since he started seeking truth. The same question puzzled Harry Houdini, the famous American Magician, in a different way. He wanted to talk to his departed mother whom he could not meet on her deathbed. Houdini knew how to escape from chains and padlocks. Was the magician able to talk to his mother? Listen to our selection, an informative story by Narayan Sanyal (26 April, 1924 — February 7, 2005).
Read the first part first, please.
Narendranath Mitra (January 30, 1917 — July 14, 1975) is one of the most popular short story writers in Bengali literature. His stories focus on the uncertainty and tension building up in the lives of the innumerable families who sought shelter in and around Kolkata after partition. Born in the Faridpur district in undivided Bengal, he himself felt the pangs of estrangement an alienation. The story we have selected is the narrative of love between Sudha and Indubhushan, love nipped in the bud. The society was not yet prepared to allow such relationship. It did not hesitate to kill innocent Indubhushan. The story turns out to be the bitter tragedy of a daughter's father.
Today the whole of India is celebrating the conclusion of the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Viveananda (January 12, 1863 — July 4, 1902). We are podcasting this story by Swami Ritananda in which a child is trying to spread Swamiji's messages through his kites, messages he has learned from his mother. Most of you have read this inspiring story on the Sunday supplement of AnandaMela of Anandabvazar Patrika of October 20, 2013. We selected this story for those sightless readers who did not have the opportunity to read the story.
Shibram Chakraborty (1902 or 13 December, 1903 — 28 August, 1980) is remembered for his stories, full of alliterations, puns and ironies. His two characters Harshabardhan and Gorardhan will remain favourite for many many years to come. Our selection for this month's podcast is a typical Shibram story. The confusion of a railway station master over the freight for pig and guinipig leads to a chaos.
This month's podcast is the Bengali translation of The Mexican by Jack London (January 12, 1876 — November 22, 1916). First published in 1911, the hero of the story, Felipe Rivera, was inspired by a real-life boxer, Joe Rivers, the pseudonym of a Mexican revolutionary. His boxing winnings supported the Junta Revolucionaria Mexicana, a group of revolutionaries-in-exile stationed at El Paso, Texas. Rivers worked as an ice deliveryman to earn his living at his later life.
This is the story of the rustic people of a unnamed village near the capital who have never visited Delhi or Agra or any other city. The whole world is a collection of villages to them. The only ideas they have of the outside world are the bits of stories told by Ostadji, a vagabond fakir. So when this fakir proposes to take them to Tajmahal for a cup of tea, the villagers flock around him like the children following the pied piper of Hamlin. Listen to the story to know how the fakir entertains his followers at Tajnahal. This is our homage to Sunil Gangopadhyay (September 7, 1934 - October 23, 2012) on his first death anniversary.
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