Snowflake

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Author: Paul Gallico 20170422_105132
Title: Snowflake
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Year of publication: 1952
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Blossom Book House, Bangalore
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Secondhand
Transcription of inscription:
[inscription]
To a favorite uncle
from a favorite (he hopes!)
nephew. Happy birthday
on his ?th birthday
6-2-53

[stamp]
USL
WEEDED

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Poona
25 : 3 : 53
Submitted by: Vismitha

The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying

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Author: Sogyal Rinpoche IMG_20170422_204257
Title: The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying
Publisher: Rider
Year of publication: 2008
Editors: Patrick Gaffney, Andrew Harvey
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Found in the mixed collection of Meghna Nayak and her mother, Toopsi. Arijit Sett, who had gifted Meghna the book, was present and told Shalmi about how he had bought the book in a small town called Bylakuppe, near Mysore. Bylakuppe has a significant Tibetan community – Arijit had been there with a film crew in search of the grave of a woman called Dorjee, about whom very little is known except for her popularity in Poland. He bought this book from a bookstore outside a Tibetan monastery. Incidentally, Arijit said, he met the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala 6 months after this.
Transcription of inscription:
Dear Meg,
Hope this proves
to be an illuminating
read.
Love,
Arry
12/04/15
Submitted by: Meghna Nayak and Arijit Sett, via Shalmi Barman

The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor

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Author: Gabriel García Márquez IMG_20170422_203201
Title: The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: New Delhi
Translator: Randolph Hogan
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Found in the mixed collection of Toopsi Ray and her daughter, Meghna. Toopsi says she bought this book secondhand to give to Kim, her husband at the time. The copy as she found it already had the first inscription. When her intended recipient didn’t seem to enjoy the book, Toopsi says she simply inscribed it to herself and took possession.
Transcription of inscriptions:
[primary inscription]
Happy Birthday
Shillong

[secondary inscription, lighter impression]
TOOPSIE
2007
Submitted by: Toopsi Ray, via Shalmi Barman

Like Water for Chocolate

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Author: Laura Esquivel IMG_20170422_202540
Title: Like Water for Chocolate
Publisher: Anchor Books
Year of publication: 1994 (first Anchor edition)
Translators: Carol and Thomas Christensen
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Found in the mixed collection of Toopsi and her daughter, Meghna. The “not the rest”, Toopsi observed, is very telling, given that this book was gifted to her by an admirer – “it[the novel]’s full of sex!”
Transcription of inscription:
T,
Soyou can try
the recipes, but
not the rest!
R

Submitted by: Toopsi Ray, via Shalmi Barman

A Cricket Odyssey

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Author: Scyld Berry
Title: A Cricket Odyssey: England on Tour 1987-88
Publisher: Pavilion Books IMG_20170403_151343
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: London
Editor: Foreword by Tim Rice
Place of purchase: Amazon India
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: With photographs by Graham Morris. This book was acquired online by Arshdeep from an Amazon seller who specialises (he says) in secondhand sports books. Spotted by Shalmi in the School of Cultural Texts and Records.
Transcription of inscription:
Scyld Berry
Submitted by: Arshdeep Singh Brar, via Shalmi Barman

Cricket is My Life

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Author: Leonard Hutton
Title: Cricket is My Life
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd.
Place of publication:
London
Place of purchase: Ebay UK
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: I found this book while looking for secondhand cricket books at the Ebay UK website. However, finding a book autographed by Sir Len was too good to be true and I didn’t hesitate for a moment before submitting my bid. Sir Leonard was one of the finest to have graced the game and this signed copy of his autobiography will be a prized possession of my collection.
Transcription of inscription:
Len Hutton
Submitted by: Sarbajit Mitra
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ম্যাকবেথ

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Author: উইলিয়াম শেক্সপীয়ার [William Shakespeare] IMG_20170324_153042
Title: 
ম্যাকবেথ [Macbeth]
Publisher: 
আদিত্য প্রকাশালয় [Aditya Publishing House]
Year of publication: 1998
Place of publication:
Kolkata
Place of purchase:
College Street, Kolkata
Ownership:
Secondhand
General comments: 
Found and purchased by Shrutakirti Dutta while collecting ‘copy books’ of Shakespeare for Jadavpur University’s Shakespeare in Bengal project. Translations and prose summaries of Shakespeare’s plays continue to be used by English students of the various Kolkata colleges which have had Shakespeare in their syllabi since inception. Going by the cover illustration and the illustrated flyleaf with a space for inscription, this abridged translation in prose was probably meant to be given to younger readers.
Transcription of inscription:
প্রিয় বিপ্লবের ‘জন্মদিনে’
সোনালীর প্রীতি
উপহার

[On beloved Biplob’s ‘birthday’
Sonali’s loving
gift]
Submitted by: 
Shrutakirti Dutta, via Shalmi Barman

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Title: Tales of Mystery and Imagination img_20170129_154541
Publisher: Everyman’s Library
Year of publication: 1971
Place of publication: London
Editor: Introduction by Pádraic Colum
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: This book was bought by Devalina di at the Kolkata Book Fair 2017. She told me that it was very unlikely she would read it, given the punishingly small print, but Poe is always a good purchase and even more so when the cover art and inscriptions are as interesting as these.
Transcription of inscription:
[flyleaf]
(illustration of four hearts) 10
EVERY B

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1975.
To Ruma from herself.

[Introduction, p. v]
A memorable day The 17th, and a happy day to.
Submitted by: Devalina Mookerjee, via Shalmi Barman

Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam

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Author: Omar Khayyam
Title: Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam
Publisher: Dey’s Publishing
Year of publication: 1983 (1st edition)
Place of publication: Kolkata
Translator: Kantichandra Ghosh
Purchase cost: Rupees 30
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is very special because this shows the trend of presenting books on marriage ceremonies that was very much in practice even 20 years ago. This was given to my parents on their marriage by one of my uncles. He wrote it himself. It has the names of my parents Rana and Shelly in it.
Transcription of inscription:
রানা – 15878324_10207783275890223_1807417895_o

সাথী মিলে গেলে আসে
জীবনেতে পূর্ণতা,
সুখে-দঃখে সাথী দেবে
ভরে সব শূন্যতা।

শুভেচ্ছা জানালাম
আজ মধু লগনে
মন থেকে যেতে পারে
যে “শেলী” মগনে।।

পথের আলাপী
সমীর দা

[Rana –

When you find a partner
your life is complete
In joy and sorrow
she will fill up the emptiness

I wish you well
on this happy day
So you can dedicate
your heart to Shelly

An acquaintance from the road
Samir da]
Submitted by: Ragini Chakraborty

Ramkinkar Baij illustration

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Artist: Ramkinkar Baij
Title: Personal book of poems
Year of publication: 1959
Place of publication: Shantiniketan, Bolpur
Ownership: Gift
General comments: My Grandfather was very close to a few people in Shantiniketan and my mother even studied there in the 80s. This small gift was by Ramkinkar Baij on the first page of a personal notebook where my grandfather wrote down poems of his own and others. Archiving is something I genuinely believe in and Bengal’s conceit over its heritage sometimes hinders its conservation of the past. I have been a fan of Endpapers for sometime and I am very glad to contribute in this small way.
Submitted by: Teerna Bhattacharya