Monday, February 10, 2014

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


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…

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.
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).

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

A Passge to Adventure by Cheryl Rao

A Passage to Adventure

Cheryl Rao

‘Your Dad’s getting married—eww!’

Sunny is devastated to hear about the impending marriage of his father with a fashion designer, who has two daughters of her own.

Things don’t get too much better as Sunny and his two best friends, the twins Vivek and Veena, end up in Kanpur spending the vacation with his two new sisters, Arundhati and Pragyavati, and their grandmother. 

Sparks—and chilli powder—fly. And all their grandmother can do is watch as a tacit war is declared. And even the police gets involved! 

And then, one of them goes missing.  

 But will they be able to overcome their differences?


Cheryl Rao enjoys writing adventure and strange stories for children and teenagers. Some of her books are A Friend for Raju, A Mixed Score:Ghost and other stories, Camp Adventure, and Adventures in the Desert. She also writes for younger readers. Dusty the Dachshund, Late for School, The Kite Festival, Little Painters, are among her titles for younger readers.

She conducts creative writing programmes for children and has written Fun with Creative Writing, a series of workbooks for children from Level 1 to 8, and contributes regularly to various children’s magazines and newspapers. 

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ISBN: 978-93-80637-09-9 / Paperback / B Format / 112 pages / INR 125