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


William Shakespeare
Title: Sonnets
Publisher: Spring Books
Year of publication: 1977
Ownership: Gift         WP_20151231_001
General comments: This book was given to Lav Kanoi by Ruby Chatterji, former professor at Delhi University who, post retirement, donated enough books to the English Department of Jadavpur University from her personal collection to furnish a student library dubbed the Ruby Chatterji Collection. Lav, himself once a student librarian, recalls that Ruby di picked out the book for him and wrote the inscription with “a shaking hand” in either late 2011 or early 2012. Ruby Chatterji passed away in 2012. The library named for her continues to be operated by students of JU’s English department and new additions are regularly made to it.
Transcription of inscription:

Lav’s labours not lost

Ruby Chatterji
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman