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Charaiveti: An academic's journey-2

'My skill at concise expressions of intense personal feelings, honed in my grandmother's kitchen, was later tested once in a crowded Kolkata post office', says the author

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Pranab Bardhan 



Pranab Bardhan

Santiniketan in my childhood used to attract a lot of foreign scholars, artists and students, which was a boon to a young stamp-collector like me. Every day, the sorting at the small post office was completed by mid-morning and many of the resid­ents used to come and collect their mail themselves. I, along with a couple of other children, used to wait there for the foreig­n­ers to collect their mail. As soon as one was spotted, we used to scream “Stamp! Sta­mp!”; they obliged us by tearing off the stamps on their enve­lopes. Soon I had a thick album of foreign stamps. I used to lin­ger wistfully over every stamp and imagined things about those distant foreign lands. (I remember Swiss stamps said only ‘Helvetia’ on them, which I could never find in the only world map I had at home).

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First Published: Wed, August 04 2021. 06:00 IST

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