The voyage that never ends

Bengali novelist Samaresh Bose's quest for the 'celestial blinkers' that blind millions has contemporary resonance

The voyage that never ends

The voyage that never ends

Uttaran Das Gupta
Title: In Search of the Pitcher of Nectar
Author: Kalkut (Samaresh Bose)
Translator: Nirmal Kanti Bhattacharjee
Publisher: Niyogi Books
Pages: 288
Price: Rs 450

In the Bengali novel Shamba, for which he received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1980, novelist Samaresh Basu retold the story of Prince Shamba from the Mahabharata. Afflicted with leprosy, Shamba searches far and wide for a cure. At the end of his journey, he comes across a wooden idol of the Sun God at the confluence of two rivers and realises: “Nothing in life is meaningless.”

A few decades before this, Basu (I shall use this spelling though the translator

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First Published: Sep 23 2022 | 6:16 PM IST

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