MEMORIES Of MADHUPUR
Mid-Century Vignettes from East of India
Samarendra Narayan Roy
Cover & Illustrations: Dipankar Ghosh
Paperback, Pages: 127+xiv; US$14.95; Rs. 175
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"The stories are full of eclectic detail and eccentric personalities that created a rich, memorable world for a young boy transplanted from the metropolis of Calcutta."
As the world moved to the next millennium, so naturally did
Bihar, only in a more tumultuous way than most. The vignettes
in this book will start you on that journey, describing many true
incidents during the 1950s and ’60s which took place in a small
town in what is today Jharkhand.
By all standards, Samarendra Narayan Roy had an unusual
childhood. Raised by his grandparents at Madhupur—his
grandfather retired as a District Magistrate in India under
the British Raj—he was homeschooled there till age twelve,
learning Sanskrit, English, and Mathematics. Along with
Jaydev, Tennyson, and Todhunter, he also imbibed mohua (a
country liquor), local dialects and folklore as he was allowed
to mix freely with the local tribals and other townspeople
from varied walks of life. The result is a vivid picture of life
in and around Madhupur, drawn with great humour and deep
empathy by a brilliant mind with an extraordinary power of
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