Fiction and Poetry

  • Kalidas

    Ramjibon Bhattacharjee

    199.00 | 9.99
  • Ghosts Of Calcutta

    Sebastien Ortiz

    Calcutta lends itself to fact and to fiction. Writers explore the city’s history, novelists create their cast of characters with the city as the backdrop. But few weave fact and fiction as magically as Sebastien Ortiz. Ghosts of Calcutta is a play of histories, lives, myths. Here fact overlaps fiction, fiction meanders along the lanes of past. The lanes of past are lined by palaces in ruins, that create a past in the present. The present too is a play of lives and loves. Ghosts have haunted Calcutta as long as the city’s memory goes. A young boy is killed in a duel between two Englishmen, the wife of the Commander of the British Indian Army declines and dies, a policeman is killed during an eruption of communal violence, the director of the Government Art College dies out of love for the female body. Numerous buildings of colonial Calcutta are today the haunted site of ghosts. Ortiz goes on the ghostly trail of the men, women, buildings that constitutes the many pasts of Calcutta. He also pens the life of a Bengali man, a lover of France, who loses his wife and lives an existence that is ghost of his vibrant past. Many lives crisscross, the poor Christan maid servant, her beautiful young daughter Rosemarie live pages across from the Bengalis in love with Dover Lane music conference. As one grapples with life and love of Calcutta, Ghosts of Calcutta meanders through a city that is present in the past and weaves a narrative that is as magical as real. In the novel, we come across lines from Borges, where he says, India is bigger than the world. The protagonist of this novel feels, if that was so, then Calcutta is bigger than India. Could it be true!

    399.00 | 9.99
  • Burmese Portraits

    Sebastien Ortiz

    A taxi driver who laments the decayed look of downtown Yangon, a nineteen year old girl who finds romance in far away Norway through an internet game, an artist who wants to make his voice heard after the 1988 student movement, a young girl whose mother is dead and whose father is in prison, a eighteen year old boy who finds a job in a hotel only to be severely bruised in his work experience – these are some of the nineteen lives of ordinary Burmese that Sebastien Ortiz captures in this book. There is a thread that connects these nineteen lives. They all gravitate around the Shwedagon, the great golden pagoda in Yangon that is at the core of the Burmese spiritual experience. These portraits are also of a people who have experienced repression and a land yearning for freedom. Ortiz's pen captures a rare beauty in a land and its people. Burmese Portraits brings alive the million hopes of ordinary Burmese and even more paints the many colours in which the ever evocative Shwedagon touches lives of the ordinary man and woman.

    295.00 | 8.99