Ekti Samajik Palar Namkaraner Samasya by Swapnamay Chakraborty, Read by Shila Biswas

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on August 14th, 2014

Gadadhar is writing a social play for acting in his locality. Ideas keep cluttering his mind. He wants to unearth the evils of the society. But where should he start? There are a lot of evil-doers in the society. He cannot decide whose crimes he should include or exclude. Can he complete the play? Listen to our this month's story by Swapnamay Chakraborty (born on January 2, 1952). Shri Chakraborty points out petty crimes and follies we often commit.

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Manmatha by Balai Chand Mukhopadhyay, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on July 19th, 2014

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.

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Ain Nei by Samaresh Basu, Read by Shila Biswas

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on June 13th, 2014

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.

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Raksusi by Kaji Najrul Islam, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on May 26th, 2014

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.

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Pintur Dadu by Satyajit Ray, Read by Sutapa Dhar Chatterjee

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on May 2nd, 2014

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.

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Chheletake Ekdu Dekhun by Prachet Gupta, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on April 8th, 2014

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.

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Phire Paoya by Samaresh Majumdar, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on March 10th, 2014

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.

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ParalokTatwa o Bijnan by Narayan Sanyal, Read by Shila Biswas

Posted in Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on February 7th, 2014

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).

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Bikalpa (Part 2 of 2) by Narendranath Mitra, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on January 31st, 2014

Read the first part first, please.

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Bikalpa (Part 1 of 2) by Narendranath Mitra, Read by Supriya Majumdar

Posted in Fiction, Short Story, Non-Profit by bpaindia on January 30th, 2014

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.

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