An evening lost in stories

By Amrita Guha

One of the very few Bengali novelists and authors whom the kids have grown up reading to and is still familiar in the daily life of Bengal and wherever Bengali lives is Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. Mostly famous for his characters, detective Shabor Dasgupta and Fatik, some of his works have been turned into films. His genres have ranged from comics to thrillers and several of his works written over the years, which were not published earlier, has been accumulated together and brought out as ‘Hariye jawa lekha’.

3-220x300 An evening lost in storiesThe entire works which consists of 6 novels, 60 short stories, 9 essays on sports, political issues, movie reviews and also regarding the lives and works of few authors and poets have been segregated into 2 volumes by Ranjan, one of the members of Patra Bharati.The book launch was attended by some of the eminent figures from different walks of life and included Samaresh Majumdar, singer Swagatalakshmi, director and actor Arindam Sil and lastly Srijato who were welcomed with bouquets and a copy each of both the volumes.

According to the Sahitya Akademi awardee the name of the book has been very apt as most of the write-ups were almost lost and being a forgetful person he had lost the tracks of his write-ups and hence after such a long tenure when his works have been assembled together into volumes he is indeed happy and grateful.

3-220x300 An evening lost in storiesArindam Sil who have directed three of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s works into films of Shabor Dasgupta reminisces about his childhood days where he grew up reading both Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay and Samaresh Majumdar and when he had competitions at home on whose writing he and his family would read first from Desh or Ananda bazar Patrika. He, who has been Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s fan since childhood believes that he is way ahead of his time and shared his experience on adapting his book of Shabor into film.

Ranjan, the person who should be given the entire credit for bringing out the fabulous works of the great novelist into the 2 volumes spoke about his first connection with story books and how he was introduced to Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay in his childhood. He even promised to come up with another book consisting of more such unpublished works of the writer in the near future for his ardent readers.