Author: Basudeb Chakraborti

Jernail S. Anand is a Poet of Epic Sensibilities

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe poet here tries to analyse the reasons for the decay and degeneration of a modern man. He goes on describing how prophets have come and gone and no perceptible light is seen. Towards the end of the poem, the poet laments for the sign of no restoration of ‘order and harmony’. Canto 1 itself […]

Geet: Rooted in the Tradition of Epic

Reading Time: 5 minutesGeet is a modern lyrical epic. What is very important to Anand’s epic is that he has picked up a subject for his epic, which is quite relevant to a man of contemporary times. Man is here used in a generic sense. Man includes both man and woman. The two words in ‘lyrical epic’ have some […]

My Tribute to a Statesman.

Reading Time: 1 minuteThe poet-statesman, former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee passed away today (Aug 16). On behalf of Different Truths, Basudeb pays him a poetic tribute. We, with people all around the world, pray that he may RIP. I invoke the MuseTo empower Atal ji to outlive evenAfter his crossing the horizon.And to make him an institution […]

Translation and the Readers Response Theory – II

Reading Time: 5 minutesBasudeb dwells into the complexities of translation and readers response theory, in the second and final part of his erudite research, exclusively for Different Truths. Translator’ construction of the text which he translates may not be identical to the text of the Source Language Text (SLT) author. It is his understanding of the language and […]

Some Problems of Translation: A Study of Red Oleanders by Tagore – I

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe journey of the theme and the meta-theme, encoded into one language, to another language, is the kernel of the translation process. We need to remember in this connection that the translation process is no longer considered a mechanistic one. Mechanical transfer of theme and linguistic features from one language to another is impossible. But at […]

An Inward Journey to Bodh Gaya: An Awakening of the Self

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe Buddhist temples built by many South Asian countries here are unique for pervasive tranquillity that penetrates even the heart of an atheist. The silence is so deep that you can hear our own breathing and heartbeats. It leads one to dive deep into one’s own unconscious mind, perhaps unknowingly. This is one of the […]

Red Oleanders: An Evaluation of Translational Strategies of Tagore

Reading Time: 14 minutesTagore’s visit to Europe and America is one of the stimuli that leads him to write Rakta Karabi and then to translate that into Red Oleanders for pinpointing the crises of western civilisation to the western reading public. Tagore does not accept the values of the industry-based society of the west. Of course, he is not against the machine. […]

Salad Bowl and Americanism

Reading Time: 5 minutesAmerican writers of the Indian sub-continent are women.  They are Mary Anne Mohan Raj, Bharati Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri and Bapsi Sidhwa, Pakistan’s important diasporic writer. In their writings, what we experience is the writhingly nostalgic pain, crises of their individual identity and rootlessness, opines Basudeb, in the regular column, exclusively in Different Truths.      […]

Neelam Saxena Chandra Emerging as an Important Indian Woman Novelist

Reading Time: 4 minutesBasudeb profiles Neelam Saxena Chandra, an emerging important woman novelist of India, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.  Neelam Saxena Chandra is a versatile and prolific writer. She is a bilingual poet, and an Indian woman novelist in English, short story writer both in Hindi and English and a lyricist. She is a winner […]

Anita Nair, a Journey towards Melliorism: The Better Man to Chain of Custody

Reading Time: 6 minutesBasudeb critiques the novels of Anita Nair, in the weekly column, exclusively in Different Truths.   Shornur at the district of Palakkad, Kerala, is Anita Nair’s birth place. She was born on 26 January 1966. She got her college education in Madras. After obtaining the B.A. degree with Major in English literature she returned to […]