The Library at Night

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Author: Alberto Manguel
Title: The Library at Night
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year of publication: 2006
Place of publication: Canada
Place of purchase: Jaipur
Purchase cost: Rupees 750
Ownership: Firsthand
General comments: The transcription of the inscription is pretty nondescript, the story behind it a lot more memorable. I ignored a deep-rooted distaste for a certain kind of literature festival when I heard Manguel was to be part of the JLF a couple of years ago. He didn’t disappoint one bit, criticizing Amazon (the main sponsor) with quiet glee while sitting under its banner and skillfully disappearing after every session. I happened to simply run into him while this book was on me. That I was even more reticent to engage with him than he with me seemed to encourage him to sign the book and later enthusiastically pose for a photo.The frog’s a linguistic pun- he found my name amusing and was pleasantly surprised when I told him I was in on the joke (my name means little frog in Spanish).
Transcription of inscription:
To
Ranita,
with best wishes

[signature]
A. Manguel
22.1.15
Submitted by:
Ranita Ray

Partisans

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Author: Alistair Maclean
Title: Partisans
Publisher: Fontana/Collins
Year of publication: 1988
Place of purchase: College Street, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 20
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: On a day in autumn in 2013, while rummaging through the book stalls at Peary Charan Sarkar Street (College Street by lane), I was overjoyed to buy a handful of Alistair Maclean books each at 20 INR. In one of them I was delighted to find this.
Transcription of inscription:
Surajit Biswas.
Class-IX
1989.

Be never too young, never too old
always strong enough
to live and love and inquire
ever loving,
always kind.
May life share its many blessings
with you,
and may its burdens be ever light
The wind at your back,
the sun in your soul,
and our love in your heart
now and forever.
For you and your Daddy,
my heart ever yours,
my love and my life
yours forever.
Submitted by: Agniva Roychowdhury

Chalochitra, Samaj o Satyajit Ray Vol.1

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IMG_20170626_223953Author: Amitabha Chattopadhyay
Title: Chalochitra, Samaj o Satyajit Ray Vol.1
Publisher: Film
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Asansol
Place of purchase: Golkpark, Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: I found this book while taking my usual stroll around the pavement bookshops near Golpark. This book is considered one of the first serious studies of Satyajit Ray’s films and won Silver Lotus at the 1981 National Awards ceremony. The transcription on the endpaper of the book suggests that this particular copy was gifted by the author to the actor Anil Chattopadhyay, who himself was part of three films by Ray.
Transcription of inscription:
শ্রী অনিল চট্টোপাধ্যায় কে
শ্রদ্ধার সহিত
– অমিতাভ চট্টোপাধ্যায়
১২/১/৯২

To Shri Anil Chattopadhyay
Respectfully
– Amitabha Chattopadhyay
12/1/92
Submitted by: Sarbajit Mitra