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

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

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:
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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

On Anarchism

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Author: Noam Chomsky chomsky-cover
Title: On Anarchism
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Chakrabarti/Chatterjee, College Street, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 250
Ownership: Gift
General comments: I got this as a birthday present from a friend of mine who is leaving India to do her PhD. This book reminded her of the very first political discussions we had in the sun-drenched winter afternoons in Presidency University, Kolkata where we spent our undergraduate years together.
Transcription of inscription:
স্নেহের দীপ্যমান-কে,
দুই-কুড়ি-এর পর সবটাই anarchy.
অতএব|
-শুভাত্রী
2016

[To beloved Dipyaman,
Everything after two scores is anarchy.
Therefore.
-Shuvatri
2016]
Submitted by: Dipyaman

Shorosh golpo

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Author: Bimal Kar
Title: Shorosh golpo
Publisher: Ananda
Year of publication: Nov 1985; 2nd rev ed, 3rd imprint Dec 2005
Place of publication: Kolkata
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Price: Rs. 125
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Gifted by a dear friend at the time on my birthday, October 2006.
Transcription of inscription:
To the best possible Gravy Chewer on this planet.
(Although I’m open to convincing arguments of the expensive gift nature).
2006.
Submitted by: Poushali Bhadury aka Kaichu

Kangal Malshat

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Author: Nabarun Bhattacharya img_20161029_215338
Title: কাঙাল মালসাট (The War-Cry of the Beggars)
Publisher: Saptarshi
Year of publication: 2005 (3rd edition)
Place of publication: Serampore
Place of purchase: Chinsurah
Ownership: Gift; borrowed
General comments: Admin found this in a box of books left behind in the Department of English by Aritra Chakraborti, who recently completed his PhD at JU and moved to Hyderabad. Aritra da said that he had got the book as a present from his father, and got it autographed a couple of years later when he bumped into Nabarun da outside the now-closed Worldview bookstore on campus. Having the book on hand, he asked the author for an autograph; Nabarun da asked him why he wanted such a thing. He would go on to run into the author several times, at Jadavpur 8B, and at the Kolkata Book Fair where Nabarun da once asked him to write an article on Bengali pornography for his magazine Bhashabandhan. Aritra da admits that he never did get around to it.
Transcription of inscription:
বুড়োকে জন্মদিনে–
বাবা
২০০৬.

শুভেচ্ছা
নবারুণ ভট্টাচার্য
৩১.১.০৮

[To the old fellow on his birthday–
Father
2006.

Good wishes
Nabarun Bhattacharya
31.1.08]
Submitted by: Aritra Chakraborti, via Shalmi Barman

Jibananda Das-er Sreshtha Kabita [Jibanananda Das’s Finest Poems]

20160813_16122720160813_161155Author: Jibanananda Das
Title: Jibananda Das-er Sreshtha Kabita [Jibanananda Das’s Finest Poems]
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Kolkata
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in Golpark
General comments: Spotted at a Golpark secondhand book shop.
Transcription of inscription:
শ্রী প্রভাতকুমার বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়
[Sri Prabhat Kumar Bandyopadhyay]
02.02.98
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Tenida Samagra [The Collected Teni-da]

20160813_161311Author: Narayan Gangopadhyay
Title: Tenida Samagra [The Collected Teni-da]
Editor: Pranab Kumar Mukhopadhyay
Publisher: Ananda
Place of publication: Kolkata
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in Golpark
General comments: Spotted this emphatic statement of possession at a Golpark secondhand book shop. Three names written with mixed scripts (bangla and Roman) are written: Imon, Arka, Arnab. But it appears the claim has been made by Imon who has traced a dotted line from the statement, ‘The one and only owner of this book is’, down to his own name. Most appropriate for a Teni-da book, no?
Transcription of inscription:
এই বইটির একমাত্র অধিকারী…
ই M অন
অ R ক
A র N ব
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Bosch

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Author: Mario Bussagli Scan 20
Title: Bosch: The life and work of the artist illustrated with 80 colour plates
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year of publication: 1967
Place of publication: London
Translator: Claire Pace
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This was a gift from Sri Arun Das Gupta, legendary professor of English literature at Calcutta University, to my parents for their wedding. Arun babu probably did not have the heart to write directly in a volume so pretty. The card looks more like it was stuck to the gift-wrap from which my parents had carefully salvaged it. It continues to float around the pages of the book.
Transcription of inscription:
কল্যাণীয়
শ্রীমান সন্দীপের
শুভ পরিণয়ে
স্নেহোপহার
নিত্যশুভার্থি
শ্রী অরুণ কুমার দাশগুপ্ত
২০ ফাগুন ১৩৯০

[Dear Sondwip,
On your wedding,
A loving gift from
Ever your wellwisher,
Sri Arun Kumar Dasgupta
3 March 1984]
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee