On my recent trip to Kolkata a couple weeks back, I was sitting at this really amazing old worldish 'small' chai shop sipping through a cup of brewed Makaibari tea. It was the perfect afternoon when Kolkata was just starting to turn from hot to a pleasant feeling, and I was already dreading the thought of returning to scorching Mumbai.
My chai finish, I went to the counter, looking at the many artefacts and tea pots, paying up my bill, when I saw a section of the area dedicated to bengali books. Yes I don't read bengali much, in fact I must admit with a not-so-proud feeling that I don't read bengali books - I can read it, but it takes me absolutely years to finish one page of bangla, and then it's just not worth it - loses all the charm. Books, however, fascinate me, whether I bring them home or not, and so it was that I looked around and thought I saw something that read 'Anupam Roy.'
It didn't click and I turned back to the counter and then....whoops....what????....wait.....what did I see????......and then turned back again to the book space......and looked closely....
There, standing stylishly amongst many other bengali books was the one book by Anupam Roy that I still hadn't found anywhere......Anupamer Lekha.
Kolkata.....you've really been giving me many reasons to smile and moments to cherish.... :)
Of course we went back home....'we' meaning the book and me.....
Anupamer Lekha by Anupam Roy completes my collection of the 3 written treasures by the man. His first book that I got was Chhoyache Kolom, followed by Shomoyer Baire and finally Anupamer Lekha. Of course I read all the wonderful columns that he writes (and have tried to share some of them here on the blog too) and his writing is something I've always enjoyed. In fact, his writing is the only bengali writing that I do read.
The front inner cover jacket.....Anupam Roy talks about his thoughts on poetry and prose, how this book came about, and about one of his favourite persons, in his words, Shomit da. If you've read some of his columns before, I'm sure you're familiar with this name
These are the following stores where you can find the book:
De's, De book store, Bookfriend, Chakrabarty and Chatterjee Naba Grantha Kutir Balaka (College Street), Books (Shiliguri), New Central Book House (Shiliguri), Pustak Mahal, Mukta Dhara (Gole Market, New Delhi)
- Debolina Raja Gupta