Dead Souls

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Author:
Nikolay Gogol
Title: Dead Soulsgogol_4gogol_1
Publisher: Heron Books
Year of publication: 1967
Place of publication: London
Illustrated by: TIM
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of inscription:
শান্তিনিকেতনের কয়েকটা
দিনের সুখ-স্মৃতিতে
মিতিলকে
— মেজোমামা।
২৮.১২.৮৮.
[translation:
With fond memories of the few days in gogol_3Shantiniketan.
To Mitil
from Mejomama.
28.12.8]
Name of submitter: Ahona Chakraborty

Crime and Punishment

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Author:
Fyodor M. Dostoevsky
Title: Crime and Punishmentdostoevsky_4dostoevsky_1
Publisher: Heron Books
Year of publication: 1967
Place of publication: London
Illustrated by: Philippe Jullian
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of inscription:
শান্তিনিকেতনের কয়েকটা
দিনের সুখ-স্মৃতিতে
সুপ্রিয়াকে
— মেজোমামা।
২৮.১২.৮৮.
[translation:
With fond memories of the few days in Shantiniketan.
To Supriya
from Mejomama.
28.12.8]
Name of submitter: Ahona Chakraborty

The Complete Book of Aunts

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Author:
Rupert Christiansen
Title: The Complete Book of Aunts
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Year of publication: 2007
Place of publication: London
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is a gift from Sroyon Mukherjee “Bugai” to his aunt, Supriya “Gagga”. Sroyon was born in 1985, which presumably marked the beginning of Gagga’s auntdom.
Transcription of inscription:
For Gagga,
The complete aunt
since 1985.
-Bugai
05-12-14
Name of submitter: Ahona Chakraborty

The Plague

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Author: Albert Camus                  FullSizeRender
Title: The Plague
Publisher: Penguin (in association with Hamish Hamilton)
Year of publication: 1960 (this translation first published by Hamish Hamilton in 1948)
Place of publication: Great Britain
Translator: Stuart Gilbert
Ownership: Secondhand / Hand-me-down
General comments: Paperback, 251 p. Diagonal tear across the front wrapper that has been patched up ineffectively with sellotape. Front wrapper loose and binding coming apart. This book is from my father’s collection and has been this way for as long as I’ve seen it. A. H. Wheeler is an Indian-owned distribution company for books, magazines, and newspapers that, until 2004, had a monopoly over reading material sold on Indian Railways platforms. (For more on this, see here.)
Transcription:
[half title page]
R. Sarkar
Dimapur, October 5/’62
Nagaland.

[circular stamp]
A. H. WHEELER & CO.
PRIVATE LTD.
Rs 2.80

[stamp further down]
238
161
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

A Year in Provence

IMG_6588Author: Peter Mayle
Title: A Year in Provence
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: (1989) 2008
Ownership: Gift
General comments:
This is a gift from a friend, Aparna. The book is an absolute delight. “Bhombol” is a name I was given in college for reasons unknown to me.
Transcription of inscription:
ভোম্বল
তোর কপালে থাক…
নিশুতি শীতের রাতে
অনেকগুলো কম্বল
অপর্ণা
[translation:
Bhombol,
May there be in store for you
On winter nights
Many a blanket.
Aparna]
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Outsider

IMG_6590Author: Albert Camus
Title: The Outsider
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 1961
Place of publication: London
Translator: Stuart Gilbert
Ownership: Gift / Hand-me-down
General comments:
I had gifted a friend Camus’s The Plague on her birthday. I realised after I saw this that I’m not the only one who has no sense of occasion! Supriya is my aunt, Soma-mashi is still her friend.
Transcription of inscription:
To Supriya
Love
Soma
7th August ’83
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Bridges of Madison County

IMG_20151026_112550Author: Robert James Waller
Title: The Bridges of Madison County
Publisher: Mandarin
Year of publication: 1993
Place of publication: Great Britain
Place of purchase: College Street, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 30
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Found it on one of my book hunts at College Street. It was a lovely surprise.
Transcription of inscriptions:
Tod
Happy Christmas ’94.
a short book to take on our next holiday.
A
xxx

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Submitted by: Ayantika Nath

Three Men in a Boat

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Author: Jerome K. Jerome                     img_20151024_135804
Title: Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog
Publisher: Tor Books
Year of publication: 2001
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This was ordered from Singapore by my brother through Fabmall, which used to be the most popular Indian online retailer back in 2004. The notes attached on top of the packages had to substitute for inscriptions. Another book came with this package: The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
Transcription of inscription:
[inscription]
Devarshi Chakrabarty

[gift tag]
140920040145:

Dearest Tinuburo
Well done! Keep up the good work at school. Enjoy these books while it rains cats and dogs!
lots of love,
bhaishona
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

St Clare’s

IMG_20151024_135841Author: Enid BlytonIMG_20151024_135906
Title: St Clare’s (Three Books in One)
Publisher: Reed International Books
Year of publication: 1997
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: While the smiley is self-explanatory, the Marco Polo is a bit of a puzzle. My best guess is that it doesn’t refer directly to the merchant/explorer, but to the cheat codes ‘Marco’ and ‘Polo’ that can be used in Age of Empires 2, a game I was obsessed with back then, to reveal the map and remove the fog of war respectively.
Transcription of inscriptions:
To Tintin with love, from Bhaishona
Dec ’02

[Additional scribbling by me]
(big smiley)
Marco
POLO
Favourite
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

Whit, Or Isis Amongst the Unsaved

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Author: Iain Banks
Title: Whit, Or Isis Amongst the Unsaved
Publisher: Little, Brown
Year of publication: 1995
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: Daryaganj, Delhi
Purchase cost: Rupees 100
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments:
Appears to be author’s autograph.
Transcription of inscription:
Iain Banks
Submitted by: Uttaran Das Gupta