The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor


Author: Gabriel García Márquez IMG_20170422_203201
Title: The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: New Delhi
Translator: Randolph Hogan
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Found in the mixed collection of Toopsi Ray and her daughter, Meghna. Toopsi says she bought this book secondhand to give to Kim, her husband at the time. The copy as she found it already had the first inscription. When her intended recipient didn’t seem to enjoy the book, Toopsi says she simply inscribed it to herself and took possession.
Transcription of inscriptions:
[primary inscription]
Happy Birthday

[secondary inscription, lighter impression]
Submitted by: Toopsi Ray, via Shalmi Barman

Kangal Malshat


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–

নবারুণ ভট্টাচার্য

[To the old fellow on his birthday–

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

My Animal Book


Author: Yevgeny Charushin IMG_6719
Title: My Animal Book
Publisher: Progress
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Olga Shartse
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased in bulk from Golpark. Since this is among the thicker volumes, let’s say the price would be around Rs. 50. Illustrations by Nikita Charushin.
Transcription of inscription:
Baishakhi Pal
Subhankar Pal

Happy Birthday
to Tulee,
Moudidi 1981.
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Little Prince


Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Title: The Little Prince
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and World
Year of publication: 1943
Place of publication: New York
Translator: Katherine Woods
Place of Purchase: Autumn Leaves, Ithaca, NY
Purchase cost: Around 10 USD
Ownership: Gift
General comments: We found this book in one of our favorite places to spend time in
on the Ithaca Commons, the secondhand bookstore Autumn Leaves. This book hasIMG_20151003_163412
been my favorite since I was a child, and I do not own a copy currently, so my boyfriend got it for me as a present. We loved that there were already two inscriptions inside, and of course, added one of our own. We were rather heartbroken that Birch and/or his parents would abandon a book gifted with so much love (Uncle Mike is obviously the best kind of uncle anyone could ever ask for!), and felt like we had to give this book a home.
Transcription of inscriptions:
Nov 2006
You are a wonderful little boy, and special enough that someday you will find your very own little asteroid someday.
I love you very much,
Uncle Mike

dec “72”
You are special, as your own person, and to me. You are most like the Little Prince. not everyone will appreciate it though -asteroid B-612 isn’t for everybody _ _ _ _ _ just special ones –
Merry Christmas


Here, for my favorite girl: Her favorite book 🙂 I hope it brings you lots of happiness! (I also hope you have time to read it this semester… which I’m sure you will!)
Good luck this year and lots of love to my habibti,
Karroum ❤
Aug 2015
Submitted by: Pratiti Deb

Alice in Wonderland


Author: Lewis Carroll
Title: Alice in Wonderland
Publisher: The Children’s Press, London and Glasgow
Year of publication: 1976
Place of publication: Great Britain
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Not sure what to call this one, but I ultimately settled for ‘gift’.
This book has two inscriptions
One from 1978 or 1987, the writing is far too stylized for me to decipher this:
” Happy Birthday
To Bula..
Chanchalda ”
12th Feb, 1978/1987

‘Bula’ is my maternal aunt(mother’s own sister) and ‘Chanchalda’ is my maternal uncle(mother’s cousin brother).

The second one is from 1992 and simply reads:
Arghya Roychowdhuri

Arghya is my brother. I’m guessing the book changed hands somewhere along the way and is now in my possession.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
” Happy Birthday
To Bula..
Chanchalda ”
12th Feb, 1978/1987

Arghya Roychowdhuri