Author Archives: secondsaturn

About secondsaturn

Independent Scholar. Polymath.

Keshub Chandra Sen – Pedestrianization of the Brahmo Samaj

Sanjiv Chattopadhyay. Dharmayuddha. Bengali. Dey’s Publication. Kolkata. 2011. The book is a biography of Keshab Chandra Sen, a prominent social reformer of Bengal who lived between 1838 and 1884 and occupies the mind of the Bengali intelligentsia as man of … Continue reading

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Bankimchandra and Bangadarshan – Looking Into the Future of Bengali Language

Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay was already an established novelist and a well-entrenched bureaucrat under the British rule when he decided around the 1870’s to edit a Bengali literary magazine called Bangadarshan. The idea behind this was to expand the reach of the … Continue reading

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Muslim Politics

A very young friend of mine who is already an internationally acclaimed scholar pursuing his post graduate in a globally reputed University in England and from who I always have learnt a semester worth of knowledge through his posts and … Continue reading

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Some Obituaries

That Saroj Khan will not live into her centenary was clear from her demeanour. She looked exhausted and harassed, puffed up in her face with a glassy glint in her eye and somehow communicated a feeling that somewhere the world … Continue reading

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Fascism Talks 1 : Long Calls With K

K called up; I was busy and so I sent him a message saying that I will call later when free. He sent a bit of an apologetic message saying that he just wanted to continue the discussions of some … Continue reading

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Dusting During Lockdown

Ever since the lockdown I have taken passionately to sweeping and mopping floors of my homes in Faridabad and Kolkata. I visualise and plan the best ways to do the turns of the rooms, which order must I sweep them … Continue reading

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Last Lear – Rituparna Ghosh’s Thesis on Amitabh Bachchan

Many moons ago, my senior in Jadavpur University, now a eminent gender economist, was keen that Rituparna Ghosh who was a year senior to me in the class and I should become very good friends. I barely knew who he … Continue reading

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15th September, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee

Today is the birth anniversary of Sarat Chandra Chattpadhyay, the greatest novelist that India has ever known, perhaps the greatest in the world, if the impact factor is taken in. He wrote in Bengali and has been the world’s most … Continue reading

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Indian Secularism

My friend Reshmi Bhaskaran asked us through her Facebook posting what secularism was? On the face of things, secularism, by its European definition would be the ineffectuality of religion in the affairs of politics and of public life since ideas … Continue reading

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Detective and the Thriller

Culture, taste, literature/detective Detective vs the thriller Sociology of literary genres August 2020 Last week I finished reading two books on the Amazon kindle, one was a detective story and the other one was a thriller. Women in their early … Continue reading

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