Professor Hamiltons Passage to India

Manisha Roy
Publisher : Yapanchitra Books, Kolkata.
Published : February, 2009
ISBN: 978-81-908260-2-0
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"This novel describes the unpredictable turn of events in the life of an American researcher in India and how he has no choice but to surrender to the dual experience and its consequences.

Charles Hamilton, M.D., professor of infectious diseases, receives a substantial research grant to spend a year in India gathering data on parasitic diseases in order to understand their epidemiology better. The year is 1975. His explorations take him to a world of problems and challenges, at the same time wonders and surprises far beyond his medical research. He is rejected by a woman that he finds irresistible, and by his colleagues he wants to help and finally his wife divorces him. In the process he also encounters people and events that teach him something new about life, changing him ever so subtly. He learns to accept a life that is not just based on recognition and fame and is beyond his control.

This is a fresh and unique variation to the observations of E.M. Forster in his Passage to India, by introducing an American doctor into the Indian society of the seventies. His experiences with rural and urban Indians range from hilarious to touching pathos. The unexpected emotional, cultural and political conflicts in his quest turn into a crucible leading a transformation that is subtle yet moving. .."
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First fiction in English by the author of well-known Bengali Women.

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Nirmal Babu's Bride
Alison Mukherjee

Publisher: Indialog Publications, New Delhi; Pp.192
ISBN: 81-87981-23-7

Bengali Christians, social work in England, Bible translation, Christian insecurity as the BJP take power - these are just some of the elements woven together by Alison Mukherjee with first-hand knowledge and consummate skill. Absorbing, mysterious and heartfelt, her novel takes its readers into new realms. It will leave them subtly changed. - William Radice, SOAS

A delightful read, Nirmal Babu's Bride captivated my imagination with its keenly observed detail of Bengali life. The particular predicament of South Asian Christians has been too long ignored by novelists. Alison Mukherjee's novel illuminates with sensitive integrity those powerful themes of identity, religion, generation and gender. She writes with authority and compassion and deserves a wide readership. I hope that another novel will not be long in following. - Eleanor Nesbitt, University of Warwick

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Ayodhya Cantos/Ayodhya Kando
Rukmini Bhaya Nair

Bengali tr. by Hiten Bhaya
Publisher: Saptarshi Prakashan; Srirampur, West Bengal; Pp.97

"The first significant volume of post-modern poetry written by an Indian is now available. No prizes for guessing the author is Rukmini Bhaya Nair. For its boldness, its conceptual daring, its crafting and many scintillating imagesThe Ayodhya Cantoshas emerged as a landmark volume." Keki Daruwalla in Biblio

All told, this is a book of incredible poetic vigour, variety and ingenuity that marks the development of a new stage in the development of Indian poetry in Englishtruly deserves the overworked adjective 'great'. Christopher Levenson in The Toronto Review of World Literature.

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The Arabian Nights of Kolkata
Tr. Sudipto Roy Choudhury

Published: 2002
Publisher: Writers Workshop, Kolkata; Pp. 430
ISBN: 81-7595-830-8 (HB)
ISBN: 81-7595-831-6 (PB)

In this beautifully produced volume has been assembled an impressive selection of 23 short stories by the major authors of Bengali literature.

The authors included are: Premendra Mitra, Ashim Roy, Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, Prabodh Sanyal, Samaresh Basu, Rameshchandra Sen, Narendranath Mitra, Ranjan, Annadashankar Ray, "Parashuram", "Bonophul", Sandipan Chattopadhyay, Hasan Azizul Haq, Gourkishor Ghosh, Syed Mujtaba Ali, Manik Bandyopadhyay, Dipendranath Bandyopadhyay, and Saradindu Bandyopadhyay.

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