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Twelve timeless stories by a master storyteller The creator of immortal films, Satyajit Ray was also a writer of great repute. In this collection are some of his most extraordinary and gripping stories that will take readers to realms of adventure, fantasy and horror. While ï¿½Bonku Babuï¿½s Friendï¿½ deals with a mofussil schoolteacherï¿½s encounter with a friendly and somewhat awkward alien, ï¿½Anath Babuï¿½s Terrorï¿½ is the tale of a ghost hunterï¿½s foray into a haunted house. Meet Bipin Chowdhury, who seems to be suffering from a most disagreeable bout of amnesia, and read the amazing story of a carnivorous plant with a monstrous appetite in ï¿½The Hungry Septopusï¿½. This collection also includes two stories featuring everyoneï¿½s favourite detective, Feluda. Published originally in Bengali as Ek Dojon Goppo, this collectionï¿½the first in a series of short stories written by the master storytellerï¿½is funny, sinister and intriguing by turns and truly a must-have.
About the Author
Satyajit Ray (1921ï¿½92) was one of the greatest film-makers of his time. In 1992, he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In the same year he was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna. Ray was also a writer of repute, and his short stories, novellas, poems and articles, written in Bengali, have been immensely popular. He has published several books in Bengali, most of which became bestsellers. He is also the author of the famous Feluda stories, the translations of which are available in Penguin. Gopa Majumdar has translated several works from Bengali to English, the most notable of these being Ashapurna Debiï¿½s Subarnalata and Bibhutibhushan Bandopadyayï¿½s Aparajito, for which she won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2001. She has translated several volumes of Satyajit Rayï¿½s short stories and all of the Feluda stories for Penguin Books India. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her work has been published in over fifty magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over sixty anthologies. Her works have been translated into fourteen languages, including Dutch, Hebrew and Japanese. Her other childrenï¿½s books are The Conch Bearer and The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming. Her novel The Mistress of Spices was made into a movie. She lives in Houston with her husband and two sons, and teaches at the University of Houston