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Tagore’s Idea of Education

Tagore’s Idea of Education

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Miscellaneous Translations | 0 comments

For Rabindranath, joy was more valuable than knowledge. Thus he endeavoured to leave the greenhorns, the boys and girls of his land, in the midst of unlimited joy. The syllabus of Tagore’s education was made juicier with music and joy. He would not worry if the share of knowledge was a little less; but he would worry if the share of joy decreased....

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Discovery of a Literary Giant

Discovery of a Literary Giant

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Miscellaneous Translations | 0 comments

[In his Sampadaker Boithake, Sagarmoy Ghosh recounts how a young and unknown Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhyay was discovered by a man who patronized literature and litterateurs. Translated excerpts…..] You know Bangalitola (the locality of the Bengalis)? The Bangalitola of Bhagalpur? The Ganguly’s of Bangalitola were a very aristocratic family, it was...

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A Remarkable Friendship

A Remarkable Friendship

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Miscellaneous Translations | 1 comment

Purbasha [Editor: Sanjay Bhattacharya (1909-69) and Assistant Editor: Ajit Guha (1919-69)] followed the same thoughts and ideas in literature as the Kallol group of writers. The journal was first published in the month of Boisakh, 1339 (Bengali year). Purbasha was published to dispel the vacuum created by the absence of the progressive literary journals...

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Taking an Examination

Taking an Examination

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Miscellaneous Translations | 2 comments

Buddhadev Bose described the pleasant academic atmosphere of Dhaka University in detail in the Second Chapter of his memoir Amar Jouban (My Youth). In the month of July, 1927, he got admission to the Dhaka University with Honours in English. …. He also studied Sanskrit and History. He had a sweet relationship with his college. He writes: “Our...

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The Development Economist who lived with the homeless – II

The Development Economist who lived with the homeless – II

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Miscellaneous Translations | 0 comments

Some time later leaving London for good, Jean Drèze began to live in Delhi. Then he became an Indian citizen and started teaching at the Delhi School of Economics while living in a slum with the poor. Clad in a punjabi, in summer winter or rain, he would travel over long distances riding his bicycle with his notebooks and a laptop in a shoulder-bag (when I...

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The Development Economist who lived with the homeless – I

The Development Economist who lived with the homeless – I

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Miscellaneous Translations | 0 comments

Long ago, while on my way home from Berkeley, when I went to see some of my friends at the London School of Economics (LSE) Nicholas Stern (of whom I’ve already spoken) made me acquainted with a Belgian guy who had then begun to teach at the LSE. He was Jean Drèze. From then on I had a close friendship with Jean and I have not seen many men as great...

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