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When penning a book of Bengali short stories, it is only natural to begin with Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Kabuliwallah,’ the iconic tale of friendship between an Afghani dry-fruit seller and a 5-year-old girl, that continues to be recited till date in homes and classrooms across Bengal and beyond.

Award winning translator, Arunava Sinha who has taken upon himself the task of translating Bengali literature into English and make it accessible to a wider audience, has compiled a selection of what in his opinion are the 21 ‘Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told,’ in the form a book of the same name.

Although the book opens with one of Tagore’s stories, Sinha’s selection reflects a thoughtful yet personal curation that gives equal prominence to almost all the literary stalwarts that Bengal has ever produced and also those who remained unheard of.

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Greatest Bengali Stories Ever Told – Short Story News

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