Rajsekhar Basu, or Parashuram, was one of the most venerated figures of 20th-century Bengal. A leading light of Bengali literature, Rajsekhar was a remarkable personality. He was a chemist by profession, but his expertise ranged over the fields of mechanical engineering, cottage industries, linguistics, lexicography and the scriptures. Above all, he was a humorist par exellence, and an astonishingly creative writer.
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