The man-eating lions In “Mountain of the Moon”, the workers building the railway are bedevilled by a pair of man-eating lions. There is an uncanny resemblance of this part of the story with the true story of the man-eaters of Tsavo. The two lions who caused so much depredation have been immortalised by Lt-Col. J … Continue reading
The Uganda Railways Found some great pictures of the Uganda Railways from the early part of the 20th century (Source – http://www.sikh-heritage.co.uk/heritage/sikhhert%20EAfrica/sikhsEAfrica.htm). (Source – Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Carpenter Collection) There’s this GREAT poster for the Railways from Wikimedia Commons.
Some pictures of Calcutta of the early 1900s – fascinating stuff! This is the city in which Shankar, the hero of “Chander Pahar” lived and studied. He goes to college in Calcutta; the author doesn’t mention which. I dug out some old pictures of Calcutta of the early 1900s, which may be of interest. This … Continue reading
A friend has sent this wonderful set interesting stuff on Chander Pahar. There is this wonderful link: http://gauravdas.podbean.com/2009/11/05/episode-12-chander-pahar-16/ Some of the text in the page runs as follows; I just can’t wait to explore those links! “Bibhutibhusan Bandopadhaya’s adventure classic- CHANDER PAHAR or ‘Mountain of the Moon’. First episode of a total of six episodes. … Continue reading
The author, Bibhutibhushan, the master that he was, did a fantastic job of creating a world that he had never seen! He lived for a long time in the small town of Ghatshila, in Jharkhand, and to my knowledge (incomplete though that is), he had never gone to Africa. But so vivid was his writing … Continue reading
The blurb on the back cover of my book.
The front cover of my book
This is a shameless attempt at self-promotion. And the first of many. You have been warned. I have written another book – this time it is a translation “Chander Pahar”, the classic Bengali adventure tale, written by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. And, I have started a new blog for this – http://mountain-of-the-moon.blogspot.com/ So, from time to time, … Continue reading