This is a humble tribute of a Bengali daughter-in-law to a wonderful, extraordinary and often impossible mother-in-law. I have always believed in developing relationships. But this is the best relationship that I have been blessed to have. My bonding with and love for my mother-in-law (Ma) defies description. Even forty-four years after her death, her memory moves me to tears. Whenever I am in a tight spot, I get inspiration from the memory of her life and ideals by challenging the situation I’m in and invariably emerge from it successfully.
The best I can do to pass on the legacy of the wonderful women who helped me understand my place in the world is to gift it to the future generations - of daughters, wives, and mothers-in-law.
You can buy the book online at goo.gl/uM793t
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WHEN YOUR GRANNY WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Manju Dasgupta
Sanskar Publications, 24 pages
Review by Ritwik Mallik
It is seldom that one comes across inspiring stories in our daily lives, let alone inspiring people. However, Manju Dasgupta is one such exception. Septuagenarian, madam Dasgupta or MDG as she is fondly called, decided to pen her debut novel (a short story to be precise) in a bid to share with her grandchildren priceless accounts of her childhood days. This was done in an attempt to bridge the gap that grandparents face in communicating with their grandsons and daughters in an age dominated by Facebook and other forms of social media.
The narration starts with the earliest memories of MDG and ends with the story of her father’s deteriorating health – a time when the author believes that her childhood ceased to exist. It is a journey of thirteen years dipped in history, nostalgia and most importantly subtle social messages which very few would’ve been able to pull off so brilliantly.
The author talks about times when joint families existed, of uncles, aunts and countless brothers and cousins living under the same roof. She talks about the condition of women in the pre-independence era, of aspiration less lives and rigid, prohibitory social customs. She talks of visits to rural Bengal and quintessentially mouth watering food, vacations to the same place every year and a life so full of contentment that it makes one wonder what life has actually come to in modern India.
Saying so, two accounts of the author’s life makes this work highly commendable. The great famine of 1943 and the Hindu-Muslim riots find a mention in her life as a little girl. The trauma and circumspection that a child would go through in lights of those horrific events come out so naturally that it would make one feel like a witness to those acts. There is also the chance meeting with Gandhiji and its ever lasting impression on the author’s life.
This book serves as a well written lesson for all kids and adults on history and society of an India that we hardly know about. However, it might get off pace at times for people who know little about Bengali way of living, but on the flipside, one might get to learn so many new things.
Reasonably priced, well printed and beautifully written. For a trip down an unknown memory, this book is a must read.
Posted by Subhorup Dasgupta at 9:07 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I am proud to announce my first book, When Your Granny was a Little Girl. I began writing this as a way of leaving behind my memories for my grandchildren, and I was more than surprised at how it has turned into a book. I am grateful to my sons, Subho and Abhimanyu and my daughters in law, Madhavi and Chandreyee and my husband, Surajit, for helping out with the editing and proofreading. The noted artist Ranen Ayan Datta has done the in-text illustrations, while the cover design is by my son, Subhorup Dasgupta.
Posted by Subhorup Dasgupta at 1:13 AM
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Here is a link to a post on social values and the current crisis that our civilization is going through. It talks about how we are failing to preserve the important values and instead focusing on the values that the corporates are thrusting on us.Click here to read the full post.
Posted by Subhorup Dasgupta at 9:54 PM
Monday, July 18, 2011
A frequent question that right thinking individuals are faced with is how we can make a difference to the environment beyond setting our own individual lives right. For writers, artists, bloggers, musicians, this is the driving force that makes them stick to their beliefs, striving to share and promote their vision without compromise.
I recently came across a wonderful blog set up by a team of young people who are trying to do just that. It is called I Blog for a Cause, and tries to create a community of people that are working to reverse the damage we have done to our environment and our society. A truly laudable initiative, this project promises to make a real difference to the world around us, by bringing ideas and people together. Do visit, subscribe, join as a follower, and share on your social networks.
This is what the team says about itself.
“I Blog For A Cause” is a social project that provides bloggers to showcase their Social Responsibility. Everyone supports one or more social cause, everyone tries to make a difference, but that is not enough. We need a platform and a solid network of like minded people. “I Blog For A Cause” is a community where you can share a cause that you support and where the fellow members will help each other to spread the word. Just imagine how easy it becomes to spread the message when there are people who are as serious about a social cause as you are.
Here's wishing I Blog for a Cause all the best!!