The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

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Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Title: The Emperor of All maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Publisher: Scribner
Year of publication: 2010
Place of publication: New York
Ownership: Gift
General comments:
Another gift from PK. He is a passionate bioinformatician. His sad realization after reading this book was that Siddharta Mukherjee has penned such a mesmerizing account of medical history so early on in life, and here he is, sitting and doing nothing for mankind. He perhaps wanted me to share the self-pity. 😉
Transcription of inscription:
July 1, 2014
Dear Sreyo,
I hope you enjoy this enthralling retelling of the human pursuit of understanding and tackling one of the most ubiquitous illness of our generation.
Lots of love,
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale


Author: Art Spiegelman
Title: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Year of publication: 1992
Ownership: Gift
General comments: My latest read. An intense personal account of Nazi torture and the bargain for life. It was a very thoughtful gift from my friend PK with whom I’ve had many valuable exchanges on this and many other sensitive topics. After walking through the haunted lanes of Auschwitz and the charred grounds of Birkenau last year, reading this book felt like surviving the horror all over again.
Transcription of inscription:
July 1, 2015
This book gave me one of the most immersive experiences on this issue. Hope you find it interesting.
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury

Conversations in Bloomsbury

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Author: Mulk Raj AnandScanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device
Title: Conversations in Bloomsbury
Publisher: Arnold-Heinemann
Year of publication: 1981
Place of publication: New Delhi
Ownership: See below
General comments: This is a first edition published in Delhi. You will notice that it is inscribed by Anand himself (signed ‘Uncle Mulk’) as he describes this book as the echoes of a troubled past. It was a gift to Krishan Gould (from the ex libris sticker), who was an actor and a television producer for the BBC One show Asian Magazine in the 1980s, which was a show that focussed on the South Asian diaspora in Britain.Scanned from a Xerox Multifunction Device002

The book now belongs to Anouk Lang, one of my lecturers at the University of Edinburgh. One of my other lecturers, Olga Taxidou, first showed us this book. She and Anouk both teach a course on Global Modernisms, and Anand’s Conversations was one of the texts on the course. Olga happened to buy this copy on-line and discovered it was inscribed by Anand. She showed it to us in class, and later presented it to Anouk because she was the one who was really keen on him.
Transcription of inscription:
Krishan Gould
dear friend:

these are echoes of a troubled past.
with warm regards
Uncle Mulk
New Delhi: 1986

[The printed dedication page in the 3rd image says: “Study is a serious form of gossip”–E.M. Forster]
Submitted by: Vivek Santayana

Tenidar Kando-karkhana

IMG_0991Author: নারায়ণ গঙ্গোপাধ্যায় (Narayan Gangopadhyay)
Title: টেনিদার কান্ডকারখানা (Teni da’s misdeeds)
Publisher: Sri Shyamapada Sarkar
Year of publication: 1990
Place of publication: Calcutta
Ownership: Gift
Price: Rupees 20
General comments: This was a gift from my para (neighbourhood) friend, Gogol. Gogol was the petname of two boys in our neighbourhood (their real or formal names being Utsav and Sharthok). There is a cherished para tradition of using pet names over formal names, so Utsav and Sharthok simply became known as Gogol-One and Gogol-Two respectively.
Transcription of inscription:
শ্রয়ণ এর
গোগোল (১)
২৪শে জুলাই, ৯৯
On Sroyon’s happy birthday
Gogol (1)
24th July 99]
Submitted by: Sroyon Mukherjee

Sera Satyajit

IMG_0989Author: সত্যাজিৎ রায় (Satyajit Ray)
Title: সেরা সত্যাজিৎ (Sera Satyajit)
Publisher: Ananda
Year of publication: 2010 (1st ed. 1991)
Place of publication: Calcutta
Ownership: Gift
Price: Rupees 350
General comments: This book was a gift from my aunt and her family (a book I gave her is also featured on this blog).
Transcription of inscription:
On your 27th Birthday
Aabar Satyajit
Gagga, Gaggamoshai & Tootling
Submitted by: Sroyon Mukherjee

Hokkaido Highway Blues

IMG_0987Author: Will Ferguson
Title: Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan
Publisher: Soho Press
Year of publication: 2003
Place of publication: USA
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is a book about hitch-hiking in Japan. My friend Surya came to visit me in 2011 when I was living and working in Tokyo. Surya’s note is a reference to one of our (mis)adventures: having to walk 30 km along a highway in Hokkaido because despite our best efforts, we failed to hitch a ride.
Transcription of inscription:
so that next time, we know what to do
From: surya
Submitted by: Sroyon Mukherjee

What Am I Doing Here

Bruce Chatwin
Title: What Am I Doing Here
Publisher: Vintage
Year of publication: 1998
Place of publication: Great Britain
Place of purchase: Guildhall Market, Bristol
Purchase cost: 4 GBP
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: I bought this book while visiting my friend Abira in Bristol. The second inscription is by me; I was trying out a calligraphy pen gifted by Abira and her then-boyfriend-now-husband, Sarbajeet.
Transcription of inscription:
Christmas 2002
Happy Christmas
Bought second-hand from the Guildhall Market, Bristol
Submitted by: Sroyon Mukherjee