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Monday, February 10, 2014

Abanindranath Tagore's classic 'Buro Angla' now in English


Thumbkin

Abanindranath Tagore’s ‘Buro Angla’

Translated from Bengali by Nonda Chatterjee

Hriday, a naughty little boy, is unthinkingly cruel to animals. He goes his merry way till a terrible crime causes him to be turned into a Thumbkin with no prospect of return to the human world.

Now, he is at the mercy of the very same animals he has wronged, and is desperate to make amends. But all the animals are happy with his situation! Finally, the pet lame swan of the family takes pity and Hriday is wafted away on his creaky wings to the Himalayas in search of Lord Ganesha who can save him.

Little does Hriday realize that this will be the beginning of the strangest adventure in the worlds of mice and men, Gods and demons, hate and love and better understanding…

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Abanindranath Tagore (1871 - 1951) became famous as a painter with a unique style amalgamating and modernizing different forms of painting in India that led to the development of modern Indian painting through the Bengal School of Art. But he was equally noted as a writer. Popularly known as Aban Thakur, he was urged to write for children by his uncle Rabindranath Tagore. He wove the folklores and myths of Bengal into his stories, created vivid imageries in his writings that marked the turning point in early Bengali children's literature. His best known books include Khirer Putul, Buro Angla, Rajkahini and Nalok.
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Nonda Chatterjee (1938 – 2012), was a much loved and widely respected educator. She spent most of her long and distinguished teaching career at The Calcutta International School where she served both as a teacher of English and history, and as Principal. She also served as the Principal of The Cambridge School, Kolkata. In 2006 she received ‘The Cambridge University Inspirational Teacher Award’, a distinction granted for the first time in India and subsequently she received The Telegraph Award for 'Lifetime Achievement as a Teacher'. She was widely read in Hindi, Bengali and English literature.

A scholar, a novelist, and a writer of short stories and articles, Nonda Chatterjee drew much of her intellectual inspiration from nineteenth and twentieth century Indian history. She contributed short stories and articles to The Statesman and The Sakaal Times among other publications, and her poems have been published in the journal, Indian Literature. She has to her credit a collection of short stories, The Strawberry Patch (Penguin, 2004) and a novel, Half a Face (Niyogi Books, 2010).

Buy Thumbkin at http://bit.ly/1cnHBAL

ISBN 978-93-80637-08-2 / Paperback / B Format / 144 pages with 11 black & white illustrations / INR 150

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