Outlook Puja Special has Sandeep Ray as Guest Ed

19 Oct,2012

By A Correspondent


Bangali O Probas (The Expatriate Bengali), Outlook’s first Puja special in Bengali has Sandeep Ray, the filmmaker and Satyajit Ray’s son, as the Guest Editor. The cover design is a painting done by the renowned Paris-based artist, Shakti Burman. The lead essay is by one of the leading and most popular Bengali writers, Shankar, of  Chowringhee fame.The focus of the issue is on the expatriate Bengali and contributors include Nabaneeta Deb Sen and Sunil Gangopadhyay, two respected figures in Bengali literature. Contributions have also come in from London, Massachusettes and Australia. Graphic novel has been done by Delhi based Bishwajyoti Ghosh.


The art review is by curator Ina Puri. There is a bit of history, a bit of nostalgia, a bit of humour, an adda session on Bengal’s politics, a humour column by Suhel Seth and column by Sharmila Tagore.There are interviews with Bipasha Basu, Diya Mirza and the director of Kahani, Sujoy Ghosh. There is a photo feature as well on Bengali actors. There are provocative reports on Bengali actresses hogging the limelight in the South, a Bengali being the first Law Minister of Pakistan and the growing matrimonial bonds between Kerala and Bengal. There is an erudite essay on Bihar based Bengali writers enriching Bengali literature and also a review of Bengali blogs. A whosesome and varied fare, in short, to stimulate the mind, draw a laugh or two and make readers think.


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