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A Whimsical Journey through Time and Imagination: Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury's Collected Stories

The Collected Stories of Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury

Translated from the Bengali by Lopamudra Maitra

Published by Aleph Book Company

Genre: Children's Fiction


MRP: Rs. 799/-

Thank you @alephbookcompany for a review copy of the book.

In the enchanting realm of Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury's storytelling, time stands still, and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Lopamudra Maitra's vivid translation of 'The Collected Stories' transports readers to a world where woodland animals talk, ghosts roam freely, and gods from distant lands share the stage with mischievous tailor birds and crafty foxes.

The first book, 'Tuntunir Boi,' serves as a delightful initiation into the whimsical universe crafted by Ray Chowdhury. With twenty-seven tales featuring beloved characters like Tuntuni, the tailor bird, the cunning fox Sheyal, the haughty Mawjontali Sarkar, and the intrepid farmer Buddhu's Baap, this collection is a celebration of the author's unparalleled storytelling prowess. The stories, sprinkled with rib-tickling humor and clever puns, effortlessly capture the imagination of readers, young and old alike.

As we delve into the second book, 'Golpomala,' the enchantment continues to unfold. Maitra's translation skillfully preserves the essence of Ray Chowdhury's narrative, allowing readers to revel in the magical lands and exhilarating adventures that define these tales. From the legendary duo of Gupi the singer and Bagha the instrumentalist to the mythical creature Ghyanghashur and the extraordinary sea voyage of a sailor, each story is a testament to the author's creativity and ability to weave captivating narratives.

Maitra's translation is a bridge that connects the rich Bengali storytelling tradition with readers of diverse backgrounds. Her proficiency in capturing the essence of the original stories, combined with Ray Chowdhury's own illustrations, breathes life into each character and setting. The result is a collection that not only entertains but also preserves the timeless charm of these tales for generations to come.

'The Collected Stories' is not merely a book; it is a journey through time and imagination. Ray Chowdhury's characters, brought to life by Maitra's translation, transcend cultural boundaries, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of readers. Whether you are encountering these tales for the first time or revisiting childhood favorites, this collection is a treasure trove of enchanting stories that will charm and delight readers of all ages.

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