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The Collected Short Stories Paperback – 27 May 2021

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Satyajit Ray was born on 2 May 1921 in Calcutta. After graduating from Presidency College, Calcutta, in 1940, he studied art at Rabindranath Tagore’s university, Shantiniketan. By 1943, Ray was back in Calcutta and had joined an advertising firm as a visualizer. He also started designing covers and illustrating books brought out by Signet Press. A deep interest in films led to his establishing the Calcutta Film Society in 1947. During a six-month trip to Europe, in 1950, Ray became a member of the London Film Club and managed to see ninety-nine films in only four-and-a-half months.

In 1955, after overcoming innumerable difficulties, Satyajit Ray completed his first film, Pather Panchali, with financial assistance from the West Bengal government. The film was an award-winner at the Cannes Film Festival and established Ray as a director of international stature. Together with Aparajito (The Unvanquished, 1956) and Apur Sansar (The World of Apu, 1959), it forms the Apu trilogy and perhaps constitutes Ray’s finest work. Ray’s other films include Jalsaghar (The Music Room, 1958), Charulata (1964), Aranyer Din Ratri (Days and Nights in the Forest, 1970), Shatranj Ke Khilari (The Chess Players, 1977), Ghare Baire (The Home and the World, 1984), Ganashatru (Enemy of the People, 1989), Shakha Proshakha (Branches of a Tree, 1990), and Agantuk (The Stranger, 1991). Ray also made several documentaries, including one on Tagore. In 1987, he made the documentary Sukumar Ray, to commemorate the birth centenary of his father, perhaps Bengal’s most famous writer of nonsense verse and children’s books. Satyajit Ray won numerous awards for his films. Both the British Federation of Film Societies and the Moscow Film Festival Committee named him one of the greatest directors of the second half of the twentieth century. In 1992, he was awarded the Oscar for Lifetime Achievement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and, in the same year, was also honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

Apart from being a film-maker, Satyajit Ray was a writer of repute. In 1961, he revived the children’s magazine, Sandesh, which his grandfather, Upendrakishore Ray, had started and to which his father used to contribute frequently. Satyajit Ray contributed numerous poems, stories and essays to Sandesh, and also published several books in Bengali, most of which became best-sellers. In 1978, Oxford University awarded him its D.Litt degree. Satyajit Ray died in Calcutta in April 1992.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0143425056
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin; Latest edition (27 May 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 424 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780143425052
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0143425052
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 476 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 4.32 x 20.32 cm
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 286 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 9 March 2016
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of Ray’s best short stories.
By Abhii on 31 August 2021
Satyajit Ray has been the role model for millions of art enthusiasts for decades. His first feature film, Pather Panchali, introduced Indian cinema to the world. Under the huge umbrella of fame as a filmmaker, Ray is remembered as a multi-talented genius. He enhanced Indian culture through decades and influenced millions of young minds across generations. He was a commercial artist, calligrapher,editor, publisher, filmmaker, musician, the man with the brush( his books contain thousands of sketches made by him. All his major characters have an original face. He also sketched scenes, camera angles, character anatomy and costumes before shooting. He often painted portraits of his friends) & an acclaimed writer.
His short stories have always been a fascinating read. They were primarily written for Bengali children's magazines & were targeted towards young adults, but most of them dealt with the mysterious ways in which the human mind operates. They include fear, deceit, obsession, coincidences, identity. The stories are complex, but what makes them enjoyable is the way they are written - peppered with humour and full of vivid details. This book has 49 short stories & is a collectors item for any Ray fan. The book was first published in 2012 & this is the 2020 edition. Gopa Majumdar has done a commendable job with the translation from Bengali - English. The illustration on title page is by Satyajit Ray. A must have if you fancy Indian writers/stories set in India or if you want to explore the storytelling genius of Ray.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
By Rahul Bhandari on 17 July 2019
49 amazing stories to keep you on edge
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inside access into a legend's mind.
By Aditi on 12 August 2021
I have colossal respect for the most iconic and legendary figure Satyajit Ray. Ever since I read Frtiz, I have been fascinated by his intriguing and chilling story plots that he weaved quite effortlessly. I have been selective in my approach of picking books to read and this is the first time that I have been mind boggled by a collection of short stories that is primarily meant for adolescents. So grateful to penguin India for this mesmerizing bouquet of Ray's tales that will leave you grinning with cherry delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and interesting stories
Reviewed in the United States on 18 September 2021
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