Music Box and Moonshine


Dr. Partha Banerjee is a human rights activist, writer, educator, media critic, and musician. Born and raised in Kolkata, he now lives in New York with frequent visits to India. He has published three books – including his Bangla memoir Ghotikahini (2016). Music Box and Moonshine is his fourth book; two other works – both in Bangla – are due to come out in 2018. Partha haswritten numerous articles in print and online media from the U.S., India, and Bangladesh. His blog focuses on social and cultural issues of a Bengali-Indian immigrant in America going through a lifelong isolation and separation from home. His writings bring out the often-unknown reality of an immigrant life – with its nostalgia, alienation and emotional struggle.

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Music Box and Moonshine is a collection of eighteen short stories from both undivided and partitioned Bengal. Translator Partha Banerjee takes pride in his dexterity in the two languages: he believes his long immigrant life in America preceded by a Bengali-medium schooling in Kolkata, and his profession as a human rights activist and educator working with ordinary Americans made him skillful in mastering them. The stories he chose for this collection transcend a century – from Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, and Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay’s classic literature to a modernist period’s Syed Mujtaba Ali, Leela Majumdar, and Parashuram to a post-modernist Narendra Nath Mitra and Sunil Ganguly, and such literary giants. He believes a vast audience – both young and old generations willing to admire the treasures of Bengali literature – would embrace the translated gems.


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