Gitanjali

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Author: Rabindranath Tagore
Title: Gitanjali
Publisher: Visva Bharati Granthalay
Year of Publication: 1942 (probably)
Place of Publication: Kolkata
Purchase cost: 2 Rupees
Ownership: Previously gift, now family possession
General comments: This was gifted to my maternal grandfather Subrata, by his friend Amitabha at the time the former was getting married. The book is now in our house.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
Subrata
Amit nishwash chhari kohichhen “haaye,
Amare chhariya bondhu cholilo kothaye?”
Amitabha Mukhopadhyay
4. 12. 53

[Translation of the couplet:

Amit sighs and cries out “Oh,
Where does my friend, forsaking me, go?’]
Submitted by: Anushka Sen

Sanchaita

sanchaita

Author: Rabindranath Tagore
Title: সঞ্চয়িতা (Sanchaita)
Publisher: Viswabharati
Year of publication: 1961
Place of publication: Kolkata
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is a gift from my grandparents to my father (official pet-name “Bapi”) on his 10th birthday. The ten year old, misconstruing the fly-leaf for space of dialogue, has scribbled “Thank you” in response.
Transcription of dedication/inscription: শ্রী সন্দীপ মুখার্জি

“বাপির জন্মদিনে”
মা আর বাপি
৭ই নভেম্বর, ১৯৬৩

“ধন্যবাদ”
বাপি
Translation:
“On Bapi’s birthday”
Ma and Bapi
7th November 1963

“Thank you”
Bapi
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee