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23 Jul 15

There are two books I published on Netaji. One was the story of Anand Mohan Sahay, who spoke not a word on the man himself but much about all that made Netaji’s reputation in South Asia.
The other book is the perennial seller ‘The Search for Netaji’. When the book first came as a proposal I smiled when the author said I was brave in taking it up. Then came the veiled (and not so veiled) threats to stop the publication. The book sells with no promotion. But what amazes me is that the efforts to keep the book down, continues. So much so that even a net seller (big as they are) suddenly removed the book from its list and refused to say why. O well, child of controversy, the author Purabi Roy, is never surprised at what people do to try to stop its sales. More about her later.

What has amazed me was the purely accidental balancing of perspectives that the two books offer on Netaji. Although one is autobiographical and the hard core academic with a detective fiction like exciting disclosure. One gives us why Netaji was who he was among the Indian diaspora. The other explains why Netaji was so thoroughly vanished but not vanquished from independent India.

Women now

07 Jul 15

A fiery book has been released by an author, Saikat Majumdar who teaches in USA and who had once written for ‘Akash Patra’ our e-zine.
The book of fiction is about a ten year old with a mother who acts in Theatre in Bengal.
I remember years back when I was an undergrad and there was a talented lady in the family who was an excellent actor. While being celebrated outside the family, within it, invectives and insults were thrown at her. But she stuck to her acting at great personal cost.
I wonder what turned the tide, when have women been given the freedom to follow her dreams? Or is it cosmetic freedom still? Anyone out there who can help me understand?

Books and other passions

24 Jun 15
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When Bryan and I first made our site active we had what we called the ‘Akash Patra’. Literally meaning letters by the sky. It was pretty effective. The editor was Shekher Das, now a well known film-maker. We got incredible response. People wrote in from all corners of the world. But we had to stop as Shekher got busy with his films and the rest of us just had no time.

So, here’s to reviving it as a blog, with Bryan’s wife Alison as the webmaster now.

I want to speak of Amitav Gosh’s last trilogy which was just published. But who cares of what I wish to speak on. Let’s listen to those out there. What do you want to speak about?


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