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Poetry

Buddhadeva Bose

Sonnets for 3 A.M.

Tr: Buddhadeva Bose

Frogs

Tr: Buddhadeva Bose

Two Poems from Bandir Bandana

Tr: Ketaki Kushari Dyson

The Moment of Creation

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Now the Battle is Against the World

Tr: Nandini Gupta

To A Dead Woman

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Rain and Wind

Tr: Nandini Gupta



Sudhindranath Dutta

The Vagrant

Tr: Sudhindranath Dutta

The End

Tr: Buddhadeva Bose



Sunil Gangopadhyay

Ephemeral

Tr: Sheila Sengupta

A Truth Bound Sentiment

Tr: Sheila Sengupta

This Hand Has Touched

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Easy

Tr: Nandini Gupta



Sankha Ghosh

The Storm of Desire

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Fool

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Four Poems from Pnajore DnaRer Shabda
(Oars in My Ribs)

Tr: Nandini Gupta

White Tombstones

Tr: Nandini Gupta

At the Bend

Tr: Nandini Gupta

The Holy

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Alone

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Just this one

Tr: Bhismadev Chakrabarti



Sunil Kumar Nandi

Land

Tr: Nandini Gupta

A Strange Farce

Tr: Nandini Gupta

No

Tr: Nandini Gupta



Rabindranath Tagore

Dialogue Between Karna and Kunti

Tr: Ketaki Kushari Dyson

Grateful

Tr: Nandini Gupta

I

Tr: Dipali Chakraborty

The cornet

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Open the doors

Tr: Nandini Gupta

The murderous night advances

Tr: Naina Dey

Many had come

Tr: Naina Dey

From Why do you whsiper

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

But you've set my life alight (Song)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

I'm tired. (Song)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Madhobi, the young (Song)

Tr: Anandamayee Majumdar

My heart is secured (Song)

Tr: Anandamayee Majumdar



Joy Goswami

Things Recalled at Night

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Five Poems

Tr: Oindrila Mukherjee

Six Poems

Tr: Skye Lavin, and Joy Goswami

If You Must Ask Me

Tr: Skye Lavin, and Joy Goswami

Rain-drenched winds in my sleep

Tr: Nandini Gupta

Inflammable

Tr: Bhismadev Chakrabarti



Sukumar Ray

Khichuri

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Woodly Old Man

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Mustache Thievery

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Sur-Prize

Tr: Zinia Mitra



Alokeranjan Dasgupta

Seven Poems

Tr: Alokeranjan Dasgupta

Exile

Tr: Bhismadev Chakrabarti



Mohammad Rafiq

Poems of Mohammad Rafiq - I

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Kirtinasha

Tr: Carolyn Brown

Poems of Mohammad Rafiq - II

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Poems of Mohammad Rafiq - III

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta



Khaled Hossain

Water Bird
(Oliullah tried his whole life to become a poet)

Tr: Shabnam Nadiya

A Forest-Born Poem

Tr: Shabnam Nadiya



Lalon Fakir

I have not seen her even once--

Tr: Carol Salomon

Who wants to go to the other shore?

Tr: Carol Salomon

This time, search your own house..

Tr: Carol Salomon

When will you be united with the Man of my Heart..

Tr: Carol Salomon

His play knows no end…

Tr: Sudipto Chatterjee

Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?"

Tr: Sudipto Chatterjee

The unknown Bird in the cage...

Tr: Sudipto Chatterjee

Three songs of Lalon Fakir

Sung by: Sudipto Chatterjee



Jibanananda Das

The Scent of Sunlight

Tr: Clinton B. Seely


Short stories

Eight Legs Sixteen Knees

Swapnamoy Chakravarty

(অষ্ট হাঁটু ষোলো চরণ)

Tr: Tapati Gupta

Of Man and Bolster

Swapnamoy Chakravarty

(মানুষ কিংবা কোলবালিশ)

Tr: Tapati Gupta


The Trip to Heaven

Sunil Gangopadhyay

(স্বর্গদর্শন)

Tr: Indranil Dasgupta

Warm rice or just a ghost story

Sunil Gangopadhyay

(গরম ভাত অথবা একটি নিছক ভূতের গল্প)

Tr: Oindrila Mukherjee


Birinchi Baba

Parashuram

(বিরিঞ্চি বাবা)

Tr: Gopa Majumdar

Kochi Sansad [Club for Tender Spirits]

Parashuram

(কচি-সংসদ)

Tr: Gopa Majumdar

The Third Dice Game

Parashuram

(তৃতীয় দ্যূতসভা)

Tr: Pradip Bhattacharya

Boligarto

Begum Rokeya

(বলিগর্ত)

Tr: Tapati Gupta

The Night of the Full Moon

Gautam Sengupta

(পূর্ণিমার রাত)

Tr: Tapati Gupta

Hunger

Kabita Singha

(খিদে)

Tr: Bashabi Fraser


Bolai

Rabindranath Tagore

(বলাই)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Ritual and Reform

Rabindranath Tagore

(সংস্কার)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

A Wife's Letter

Rabindranath Tagore

(স্ত্রীর পত্র)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

The Parrot's Tale

Rabindranath Tagore

(তোতাকাহিনী)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal

The Wrong Heaven

Rabindranath Tagore

(ভুল স্বর্গ)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal

The story of a Muslim woman

Rabindranath Tagore

(মুসলমানির গল্প)

Tr: Swapan Kumar Banerjee

The Judge

Rabindranath Tagore

(বিচারক)

Tr: Saurav Bhattacharya

F is for Fail

Rabindranath Tagore

(ফেল)

Tr: Sreejata Guha


Grieving for Oneself

Ashapurna Debi

(নিজের জন্য শোক)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

Matchbox

Ashapurna Debi

(দেশলাই-বাক্স)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta


The Substitute

Narendranath Mitra

(বিকল্প)

Tr: Sreejata Guha

Show Business

Narendranath Mitra

( অভিনেত্রী)

Tr: Sreejata Guha

Method

Abhijit Sen

(পদ্ধতি)

Tr: Sahana Ghosh


Forbidden Openings

Samaresh Basu

(নিষিদ্ধ ছিদ্র)

Tr: Prasenjit Gupta

The Invisible Man Beckons

Samaresh Basu

( অদৃশ্য মানুষের হাতছানি)

Tr: Tapati Gupta

Befriending the Wild Elephant

Samaresh Basu

(বুনো হাতির বন্ধুত্ব)

Tr: Atreyee Gupta


A Funny Story

"Bonophul"

(Haasir Galpa)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal

The one and only

"Bonophul"

(অদ্বিতীয়া)

Tr: Nita Das

The one and only

"Bonophul"

(বিধাতা)

Tr: Nita Das

Jatin and His Sandals

Sukumar Ray

(যতীনের জুতো)

Tr: Zinia Mitra


The Wicked Tiger

Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri

(দুষ্টু বাঘ)

Tr: Indrani Chakraborty

Toontooni and the naughty cat

Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri

(টুনটুনি পাখি আর দুষ্টু বিড়ালের কথা)

Tr: Indrani Chakraborty


Lalu (1)

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

(লালু (১))

Tr: Somdatta Mandal

Lalu (2)

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

(লালু (২))

Tr: Somdatta Mandal

Lalu (3)

Saratchandra Chattopadhyay

(লালু (৩))

Tr: Somdatta Mandal


The Bait

Narayan Gangopadhyay

(টোপ)

Tr: Indrani Chakraborty


In Retrospect

Selina Hossain

(ফিরে দেখা)

Tr: Hafiza Nilofar Khan

Moirom Doesn't Know What Rape Is

Selina Hossain

(মরিয়ম জানে না ধর্ষণ কি)

Tr: Shabnam Nadiya


Dawn of the Waning Moon

Jharna Rahman

( কৃষ্ণপক্ষের চাঁদ)

Tr: Shabnam Nadiya


Nishikanta in the Rain

Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay

(বৃষ্টিতে নিশিকান্ত)

Tr: Nilanjan Bhattacharya

Look at me

Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay

(আমাকে দেখুন)

Tr: Nilanjan Bhattacharya


The Mango Belle

Paritosh Sen

( আমসুন্দরী)

Tr: Swapna Dev


The Indigo Terror

Satyajit Ray

(নীল আতংক)

Tr: Barnali Saha


Pragjyotish (Before the stars could foretell)

Saradindu Bandyopadhyay

(প্রাগ্‌জ্যোতিষ)

Tr: Indrani Chakraborty

Gupi Gyne Bagha Byne

Upendrakishore Raychaudhury

(গুপি গাইন ও বাঘা বাইন)

Tr: Barnali Saha


The Annihilation

Anwara Syed Haq

(হনন)

Tr: Masrufa Ayesha Nusrat


The room on the third floor

Ramanath Ray

(তিনতলার ঘর)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal

Hero and heroine

Ramanath Ray

(হিরো-হিরোইন)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal

There's no enemy any more

Ramanath Ray

(কেউ আর শত্রু নয়)

Tr: Palash Baran Pal


Salty

Tilottama Majumdar

(লোনা)

Tr: Chhanda Bewtra

Imperfect

Tilottama Majumdar

(অসম্পূর্ণা)

Tr: Chhanda Bewtra


Swapan Is Dead, Long Live Swapan

Udayan Ghosh

(স্বপন মৃত, স্বপন দীর্ঘজীবী হোক)

Tr: Arunava Sinha


Essays

Bengali Songs to the Goddess Kali
Sagaree Sengupta
An essay containing translations of many songs.

On Sudhidranath Datta
Buddhadeva Bose

Sudhindranath Dutta: The Person I Knew
Damayanti Basu Singh

Sukumar Ray: Master of Science and Nonsense
Zinia Mitra

Bengali Gastronomy
Buddhadeva Bose

Translation as Recognition
Indira Chowdhury

Bathroom
Buddhadeva Bose (Tr. by Hanne Ruth-Thompson)

Tiger-Savant Long-Tail (Byaghracharya Brihallangul)
Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay (Tr. by Sudeshna Kar Barua)

Translation: the magical bridge between cultures
Ketaki Kushari Dyson

Temporality in the Poetry of Jibanananda Das
Faizul Latif Chowdhury

In memoriam: Meenakshi Mukherjee
Sanjukta Das

In memoriam: Carol Salomon
Sudipto Chatterjee

That little drop of dew!
Shivani (Tr. from original Hindi by Ira Pande)

Two Women Writers of the Bengali Diaspora: Ketaki Kushari Dyson and Dilara Hashem
Sumana Das Sur

Lila Majumdar: A Granddaughter Remembers
Anu Kumar interviews Srilata Banerjee

Buro Angla and Nils: A tale of transmigration of stories
Chhanda Chakraborti

At Ramkinkar's house with Shakti
Samir Sengupta
(translated from original Bangla by Bhaswati Ghosh)



Book Excerpts

The Book of Yudhisthir
Sujit Mukherjee
A translation of Buddhadeva Bose's Mahabharater Katha.

The Land Where I Found It All
Tr. Nandini Gupta
A translation of Buddhadeva Bose's memoir of his visit to Rabindranath and Santiniketan, Sab Peyechhir Deshe.


Noton Noton Pairaguli
Tr. Ketaki Kushari Dyson
An extract from the "Bengali diasporic" novel, translated by the author herself.


The First Promise
Tr. Indira Chowdhury
Extracts from the translation of Ashapurna Debi's famous Bengali novel Pratham Pratisruti.


The Scent of Sunlight
Tr. Clinton B. Seely
Collection of 34 well-known poems by Jibanananda Das, translated with an Introduction by Clinton Seely.


Reviews

Selected Short Stories of Rabindranath Tagore
Rajat Chanda

Kingdoms, Cats, and Crypts: Back to the Classics
Susan Chacko
A review of three recent titles on children's literature.

Outcastes and Oppression
Susan Chacko
A review of two collections of short stories.

On the Wings of Hummingbirds, Rabindranath Tagore's Little Poems: An Invitation to a Review-cum-Workshop
Ketaki Kushari Dyson

Divergent Rays
Susan Chacko
Review of two translations of Satyajit Ray's work.

How hard should we try? - Questions of detail in literary translation
Ketaki Kushari Dyson
Workshop style review of No Symbol, No Prayer by Vijaya Mukhopadhyay, a book of poems translated from the original Bengali by Carolyne Wright, Paramita Banerjee, and Sunil B. Ray.

From the Hooghly to the Seine
Susan Chacko
Review of French Lover, translation of Taslima Nasrin's fiction Phorashi Premik.

A Chronicle of Discrimination
Fatima Husain
Review of My Girlhood- An Autobiography, translation of Taslima Nasrin's Amar Meyebela.

A Tremendous Comet: Michael Madhusudan Dutt
Ketaki Kushari Dyson
Review of Lured by Hope : A Biography of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, translation of Ghulam Murshid's Ashar Chholone Bhuli.

Selected Poems of Buddhadeva Bose
Sibnarayan Ray
Review of the translation (with an introduction) by Ketaki Kushari Dyson.

Yogayog (Nexus) by Rabindranath Tagore
Meenakshi Mukherjee
Review of the translation (with notes) by Hiten Bhaya.

Twice-Told Tales
Susan Chacko
Review of Upendrakishore Rauchaudhuri's stories in three books of translations (by William Radice, Madhuchchanda Karlekar, and Swagata Deb).

Reflections on Clinton B. Seely's Translation of Meghanad-Badh Kabya.
William Radice
written for the 18th. European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Lund, Sweden, 6-9 July, 2004.

Anandamath, or The Sacred Brotherhood: A Book Review
Ketaki Kushari Dyson
Review of a recent translation by Julius J. Lipner of Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay's famous novel.

To Attain You, Oh Freedom - The Best Poems of Shamsur Rahman
Shobha Rao
Review of a recent translation by Shankar Sen.

Let him speak in his own voice: Three books [on/by Rabindranth] by Uma Das Gupta
Ana Jelnikar
Reviews of (a) A difficult friendship: Letters of Edward P. Thompson and Rabindranath Tagore, 1913-1940, (b) Rabindranath Tagore: A Biography, and (c) Rabindranath Tagore: my life in my words.

Naxalism -- Views from the other side
Sumanta Banerjee
Review of THE NAXALITES: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE POLICE. Select notifications from the Calcutta Police Gazette. 1967-1975., Edited by Ashoke Kumar Mukhopadhyay

Straight from the Heart: Celebrating Lalon Phokir
Prachi Deshpande
Review of Man of the Heart, a play written and performed by Sudipto Chatterjee and directed by Suman Mukherjee.

Fantasy, Fiction, Fact: Magic and Realism in Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s The Ghost of Gosain Bagan
Sanjukta Dasgupta
Review of the classic Bengali children's novel Gonsaibaganer Bhut.

A Review: Maitreyi Devi's Tagore by Fireside
Anandamayee Majumdar
Review of Maitreyi Devi's Mungpute Rabindranath, translated as Tagore by Fireside..

The Owl's Gaze—Everyday life in early Calcutta
Anu Kumar
Review of Kaliprasanna Sinha's The Observant Owl: Hootum’s Vignettes of Nineteenth-century Calcutta, translated from Hootum Pnyachar Naksha..

Beloved story teller of magic worlds: Three novellas of Lila Majumdar
Anu Kumar
Review of Lila Majumdar's The Yellow Bird, and The Burmese Box: Two Novellas.

'Once when I was a woman!'
Anu Kumar
Review of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay's The Final Question.


Other articles

A Biographical Sketch of Buddhadeva Bose
Ketaki Kushari Dyson

The Hermit and the Courtesan (Drama)
Buddhadeva Bose

Kolkata's Elektra—A Play in Three Acts by Buddhadeva Bose
Translated from the Bengali by Sreejata Guha


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