The Finkler Question

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Author: Howard Jacobson IMG_20170517_181429
Title: The Finkler Question
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Year of publication: 2010
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Allahabad
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Saranyo, aka Nino, was given this book by his friend Vasudha Pande whom he met while on a summer internship at Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, in 2011. The Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg had recently been released, and, playing on the name of the film’s protagonist, Vasudha was quickly nicknamed first Pande ji, and then Bulbul Pande. Saranyo recalls that she bought him the book at “Allahabad’s only mall at the time.”
Transcription of inscription:
Nino,

Thanks for all the laughter, the
random/interesting conversations, and
the life lessons. I didn’t expect to find
a sibling so far from home.

I’m glad I met you.

Ever grateful,
Bulbul Pande.
(June 22, 2011)
Submitted by: Saranyo Moitra, via Shalmi Barman

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

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

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

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

Billie’s Blues: The True Story of the Immortal Billie Holiday

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Author: John Chiltonbook-cover
Title:
Billie’s Blues: The True Story of the Immortal Billie Holiday
Publisher: Quartet
Year of publication: 1975
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Calcutta
Ownership: Gift
General comments: My dad’s present to my mum on her thirtieth birthday. A wildly generous compliment, even for the line maroing stage.
Transcription of inscription:
I think you’re doing better than her, Vasudha

Love
Ranjan

29 May ’87

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Postcard found inside the book.

Calcutta
Submitted by: Maya Palit

The World of Jeeves

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20160817_190710Author:
 P.G. Wodehouse
Title: The World of Jeeves
Publisher: Harper & Row
Place of publication: New York
Year of publication: 1989
Place of purchase: College Street
Ownership: Secondhand, gift
General comments: This book was a birthday gift from Anushka, long before we thought of Endpapers.
Transcription of inscription:
Apr 25th 2002
To my dearest Dida,
I want you to have this book, the short stories of which I have re-read countless times, for several reasons. You can say, compare Jeeves to Xavier – with Xavier indubitably coming out the winner. Second and most importantly – it is my favourite book – the principal Upanishads and Sartre are no match for it.
Your Raja Babu
[facing page]
Also! Today is Shweta’s Aashirbad. I hope to live a long happy and prosperous life with her. We are very much alike. She is intelligent and beautiful, and I have been called handsome since I was 2. We shall forge ahead in simplicity, love, pomp, passion and – love again. I know we have your blessings.
Your Grandson, Babu
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee & Anushka Sen