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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Samantak Das

The writer is Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University.

The life and times of the Hungry Generation of modern Bengali poets, arguably the most dynamic and divisive literary movement of its generation
Sun, Jun 09, 2019

Perhaps the most debated and certainly the most divisive, “movement” in modern Bengali poetry is that of the Hungry Generation, whose founders and followers were labelled “Hungryalists”.

God is a Bullet
Sat, Dec 08, 2018

In its choice of authors and texts, an anthology of Bangla pop lit misses its target by a whisker.

Boroline to Bantul the Great: How the bumper Puja issues of children’s magazines shaped Bengal’s literary taste
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

The pujo sankhya (puja issue) or puja barshiki (puja annual) forms part of the mental universe of every educated middle-class Bengali, especially those who call, or once called, Kolkata home.

(Im)Balance of Power
Sat, Jul 29, 2017

A magnificently written, marvellously phrased book, with its heart in its right place, A State of Freedom might not be quite what its Western critics claim (“devastating portrait of the inhumanity of the rich to the poor”, and so on) but it is certainly worth the read.

The Bania’s Eye View
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Long reviled and caricatured by the city they have shaped, Calcutta’s Marwaris are humanised and demystified in Sujit Saraf’s novel.

The Streets Know All the Stories
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

A book that brings Kolkata to life in strange and striking ways, with the affection of a besotted lover.

Abol Tabol and the New Man
Sat, Jul 02, 2016

A book on the illustrious Ray family is a magnificent addition to the exploration of Indian modernity

Our peaceful Bengal
Thu, May 12, 2016

Did anyone say assembly elections in the state saw violence?