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Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali

Song of the Road

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay
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In the idyllic village of the Abode of Contentment, Durga and her little brother, Opu, grow up in a world of woods, orchards and adventure. Nurtured on their aunt’s songs and stories, they dream of secret magical lands, forbidden gardens and the distant railroad. The grown-up world of debts, resentment and bone-deep poverty barely touches them. Their parents, Shorbojoya and Horihor, also dream of the railroad, though as the gateway to lands with a better future. But can distance really change destiny? Will the railroad augur a triumphant future for the Roys, or a ballad of fates drastically altered?
A powerful testament to the indomitable human will to prevail, this timeless novel comes alive in an incandescent new translation.

Imprint: India Penguin Modern Classics

Published: Sep/2019

ISBN: 9780143102953

Length : 504 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Pather Panchali

Song of the Road

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

In the idyllic village of the Abode of Contentment, Durga and her little brother, Opu, grow up in a world of woods, orchards and adventure. Nurtured on their aunt’s songs and stories, they dream of secret magical lands, forbidden gardens and the distant railroad. The grown-up world of debts, resentment and bone-deep poverty barely touches them. Their parents, Shorbojoya and Horihor, also dream of the railroad, though as the gateway to lands with a better future. But can distance really change destiny? Will the railroad augur a triumphant future for the Roys, or a ballad of fates drastically altered?
A powerful testament to the indomitable human will to prevail, this timeless novel comes alive in an incandescent new translation.

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Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay wrote novels, short stories, travelogues and detailed diaries, all in Bengali. His literary career began in 1921 and his first novel, Pather Panchali, was recognized as a landmark in Bengali fiction soon after its publication. Its sequel Aparajito was published in 1931. His other important writings include Meghamallar, Mauriphul, Aranyak, Adarsh Hindu Hotel, Smritir Rekha, Devayan, Hiramanik Jvale, Utkarna, He Aranya Katha Kao, Ichhamati and the posthumously published Asani Sanket. Bandopadhyay also wrote for children, and the novel Chander Pahar, an adventure story set in Africa, is considered a classic.

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