Short story

The clay girdle

Print edition : June 21, 2019

The selected story is from “Puranic Tales for Cynical People” by Parashuram; Translated from Bangla by Pradip Bhattacharya and Shekhar Sen (Indialog Publications, 2005) and was originally published in Bangla as “Kardam Mekhala” in “Chamatkumari Ittadi Golpo” (1958).

Parashuram, the author, is the pseudonym of Rajshekhar Bose (1880-1960), a Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi Award winner. With his battle-axe the pen, Parashuram satirised society, conflating the colloquial with the classical. He compiled a dictionary in Bengal, and wrote contemporary versions of both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Shekhar Sen, the translator of this story, retired as a Major General from the Army and is a Vishisht Seva Medal awardee. He has published articles in various books, journals and newspapers.

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