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This anthology of short stories, which master filmmaker Satyajit Ray adapted for the cinema, includes a range of fascinating tales: A rich landowner dreams that his daughter-in-law is an incarnation of Kali. A clerk’s life is turned upside down when he stumbles on a magical stone that can turn any base metal into gold. A housewife steps out of her lower middle-class home into the big city to work as a salesgirl and is awestruck by the urban labyrinth. Blessed with three magical boons from the king of ghosts, Goopy and Bagha fight the evil plans of the king of Halla and save the kingdom of Shundi. A group of friends run into a self-proclaimed ageless sage who claims to have been friends with Plato, Jesus and Buddha.
With short stories from legendary writers such as Tagore, Prabhat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Rajshekhar Basu and Premchand, 14 is an enduring collection of tales that offered Ray enormous scope for exercising his prodigious talents as a filmmaker.
14 Stories That Inspired Satyajit Ray
Ed. and transl. Bhaskar Chattopadhyay
HarperCollins Publishers India [paperback], 2014
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