Kahaaniyaan Nai Purani/ Nana Ronger Golpo show

Kahaaniyaan Nai Purani/ Nana Ronger Golpo

Summary: This is a bilingual podcast in Hindi and Bangla for those interested in short stories in the two languages. The Hindi pieces are my own translations from the Bangla originals. Hope you like them! :)

Podcasts:

 Ghumonto Puri by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumdar (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 612

Enjoy the magnificence of the language in this (relatively) early prose piece. It is one of the stories from 'Thakurmar Jhuli', which was intended as a repository of the orally transmitted fantasy tales from Bengal. The book also did its bit to make Bangla more pleasurable to read, and the trills and timbre in this story bear witness to the same.

 Do Hanson ka Joda by Satinath Bhaduri (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1655

The deeply underrated (and under-read) defines love for you in this beautiful representative story. Strong lines of character and the luminescent dialogue do their bit here.

 Chaabi by Ashapurna Debi (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 956

A twisted journey into the darkest recesses of a lonely housewife's mind by the inimitable Ashapurna.

 Dhakka by Ashapurna Debi (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 845

This one is from Bangla literature's master purveyor of domestic politics, Ashapurna Debi. Sharp and crisp, it examines class relations within the confines of a middle-class urban home. Don't miss the little sting in the end!

 Mukti by Dilip Das Biswas (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1944

A fine piece of medical fiction, which also raises questions about the limits of responsibility and filial love. Hope you love it as much as I did!

 Saugaat-e-Aam by Prabhatkumar Mukhopadhyay (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 938

A cute slice-of-life story about a time gone by and a fruit whose glory is eternal. Happy listening!

 Mrityumukhe Khogen Khamrui by Ullas Mallick (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1046

A biting satire about the idea of welfare in India, with even-handed tributes to all sides. Let this snappy little story speak for itself. Happy listening!

 Borobil by Nalini Bera (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1397

A contemporary gem redolent of the flavours and fragrances of the red-coloured lands of our country. A tale of how the mind, young though it be, learns that the world in unequal. And an author who will keep you coming back. Happy listening!

 Dakater Ma_Satinath Bhaduri (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1142

In this tongue-in-cheek story of falling from grace, Satinath gives us a glimpse of his mastery. Great dialogue, even better psychology. Happy listening!

 Aadaab by Samaresh Basu (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1075

In a tale for our time and a tale for every time, Basu explores the eternal human condition: that of the best in us trying to ward off the worst. We are people above all else. A shared greeting is all it takes to convey that to another, he seems to say.

 Mahesh by Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1554

A moving tale of a Muslim man in a rigidly caste-based society. Gafoor is iconic both for his intense parent-like love for his ox and society's failure to make sense of this love.

 Chaabi by Ashapurna Debi (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1044

A twisted journey into the darkest recesses of a lonely housewife's mind by the inimitable Ashapurna.

 Boshbar Ghor by Ramapada Chowdhury (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1236

The masterly Ramapada Chowdhury explores the pettiness of the middle-class mind in this story about the quest for the ideal living room.

 Rakshas-Gan by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay (Hindi) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 899

A quaint tale of love, longing and guilt from one of the masters of the Bangla short story. Listen in to this characteristically Bibhutibhushan short!

 Dhakka by Ashapurna Debi (Bangla) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 762

This one is from Bangla literature's master purveyor of domestic politics, Ashapurna Debi. Sharp and crisp, it examines class relations within the confines of a middle-class urban home. Don't miss the little sting in the end!

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