Today we present another story of Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay (19 July, 1899 — 9 February, 1979), more popularly known as Banaphool to the Bengali readers. This is the third story of this author on our site. We have to come back to him for his variety. Today's selection, Manmatha, is a funny story; although what is fun to the readers is not so to our romantic hero.
Samaresh Basu (11 December, 1924 — 12 March, 1988) has enriched Bengali literature with novels and short stories depicting his inumerable experiences in the urban and rural Bengal. His experiences in the industrial suburbs of Kolkata made a lasting impression on him. He joined the labour movement when he worked as a daily-paid worker. Today's story tells us of a peasant who is trying to earn the rent for his plot of land by killign monkeys. The governemnt pays him for it to save crop. But the last date for his rent payment is over before he can kill enough monkeys. His land is seized before his eyes when he has a gun in hand. Yet he is unable to protect his land and crop.
Today Bengali-speaking people are celebrating the 115th birth anniversary of Kaji Najrul Islam (24 May, 1899 [11 Jyaistha, 1306 according to Bengali calendar] — 29 August, 1976). Known for his rebellion against British rule and social oppression in his poetry, we have selected a short story of this poet which shows the same indomitable rebel. In this story the rebel is a woman waging war against the prejudices of the male-dominated society.
Children are fond of their grand-parents. When everyone in the family is busy, the grand-parents can pass time with the children. But Pintu regretted that his grand-father is not like others'. He is a serious scholar and never indulges in his plays. Something happens to his grand-father, all on a sudden, and Pintu has a great surprise. Listen to this story by Satyajit Ray Ray (May 2, 1921 – April 23, 1992) on his 93rd birth anniversary.
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.
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