জন-অরণ্য

A veil had descended on the city It wasn t very late but Somnath felt as though the sun had suddenly set on impenetrable forest giving way to a dangerous darkness s Calcutta The city is teeming

  • Title: জন-অরণ্য
  • Author: Sankar
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  • Page: 202
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  • A veil had descended on the city It wasn t very late, but Somnath felt as though the sun had suddenly set on impenetrable forest, giving way to a dangerous darkness 1970s Calcutta The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work Somnath Banerjee spends his days queuing up at the employment exchange Unable to find a job despite his qualifications, Som A veil had descended on the city It wasn t very late, but Somnath felt as though the sun had suddenly set on impenetrable forest, giving way to a dangerous darkness 1970s Calcutta The city is teeming with thousands of young men in search of work Somnath Banerjee spends his days queuing up at the employment exchange Unable to find a job despite his qualifications, Somnath decides to go into the order supply business as a middleman His ambition drives him to prostitute an innocent girl for a contract that will secure the future of Somnath Enterprises As Somnath grows from an idealistic young man into a corrupt businessman, the novel becomes a terrifying portrait of the price the city extracts from its youth.

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    About "Sankar"

    1. Sankar

      Shankar s real name is Mani Shankar Mukherjee Sankar is a very popular writer in the Bengali language He grew up in Howrah district of West Bengal, India.Shankar s father died while Shankar was still a teenager, as a result of which Shankar became a clerk to the last British barrister of the Calcutta High Court, Noel Frederick Barwell The experience of working under Mr Barwell provided the material for his first book Koto Ojanare , translated as The Great Unknown.During 1962, Shankar conceived the idea of writing the novel Chowringhee on a rainy day at the waterlogged crossing of Central Avenue and Dalhousie a busy business district in the heart of Kolkata Many of Shankar s works have been made into films Some notable ones are Chowringhee, Jana Aranya , translated as The Middleman and Seemabaddha , out of which the last two were directed by Satyajit Ray.

    966 thoughts on “জন-অরণ্য”

    1. Although 'The Middleman' was written in 1970, it still holds its pronounced relevance to present day as well. Because we still continue to breed like rabbits and want those kittens to be shining graduates. We still allow any two dime businessman or wannabe politician to setup his own college to accommodate them and they continue not to give flying fuck about the student studying in their colleges. (Neither the students are for that matter). It’s a safest business one can think of, it’s not l [...]


    2. A powerful take on unemployment and the collective frustration of an entire generation of the 60s and 70s. Set in Kolkata, this gem from Sankar is about the vicissitudes of Somnath Banerjee who, after a couple of years of struggling to find a job, decides to become a middleman matching 'demand and supply' for stationery items. But the elation of finding a foothold in life soon slides to despair when he realizes that at times there is more to sealing a deal than just a transparent negotiation. Th [...]


    3. Sankar's Middleman translated by Arunava Sinha is probably not relevant today but echoes the horror of the society in 70s. The book traces the fall of Somnath Banerjee, an idealistic jobless youth with a supportive family, by the values of 70s.The narrative is unsettling with it's calmness around the bleakness(?). In the afterword the author felt bad his book offers no hope to the reader. Characters are so entrenched in reality. Kamala as the concerned sister-in-law offers warmth and hope all th [...]


    4. The Bengali writer Sankar wrote Chowringhee, one of my all-time favourite novels set in India. Very few of his books are available in English translation so when I found this one in India last year, I snapped it up. Whilst Chowringhee is outstanding with its parallel stories and complex interwoven plot lines, The Middleman is a simpler, sadder and darker tale which holds lots of parallels with life today for many young people.The book is almost unremittingly miserable and it's generally a fair a [...]


    5. Men, authors, books come and go and yet our country remains filled with angst ridden youth. Sankar’s Middleman is a Bengali novel translated to English and even though it chronicles the life of an unemployed young man in 1970’s Calcutta (as it was called then), it could well have been set in 2014 in any of our country’s cities.Somnath Bannerjee is a young man who was average at studies in 70’s Calcutta and is thus, unemployed as of date in the book, even though he has been looking for a [...]


    6. "Human Jungle" rightly defines the dillemas and issues faced by us in today's world with plethora of people trying to get the same things, competing for same jobs, admissions, awards it is all a matter of taking shortcuts, PR, contacts & underhand2+2 is not equal to 4 it can be anything from zero to hundred Hardwork is not the key to success, knowledge is not equal to respect a lot of old sayings & principals have gone staleI only think how long will this last how long will people who ar [...]


    7. The Middleman is the second in the series of translations of Shankar's novels by Arunava Sinha.The book was made into a movie by Satyajit Ray in 1976. Surprisingly though the book is set in 70's India, it still has freshness and relativity factor to it.It is good to read a book about which is not b -school authors where characters are soul searching or solving problems of love life.This one is about youth who has a graduation degree , but unable to secure a job,Shankar descirbes this frustration [...]


    8. Having read Chowringhee, I was fascinated by Sankar's style of writing and depictions of Calcutta, a city I have always loved. The fact that most of his novels are drawn from personal experience only make the stories all the more beautiful. While the concept of the city corrupting its helpless citizens has become a cliché, Sankar is still able to present an engaging read with Calcutta as his background. While the novel demands slightly more knowledge about Calcutta's suburbs than Chowringhee do [...]


    9. Circa 1970 when the then aam aadmi was struggling to find a job that could fetch him a meal for a day. The Calcutta backdrop makes it more enjoyable to read. Throughout, the author reminds me of the Tamil classic movie starring Kamal Haasan 'Varumaiyin Niram Sigapu'.


    10. Interesting reading. Simple story with peeps into human relationships and into many tiny corners of human character. More like a Narayan's Malgudi story in an urban setting and a personalised fix on the story.




    11. The books is an excellent piece of literature where the author is successful in creating a aura of hopelessness, frustration & naked truth. But not in a Kafkaesque style, but more in a Dickens way.


    12. Seem a lot of movies of a similar nature, especially in Tamil, disillusioned youth from the 70s and 80s. Interesting nevertheless.


    13. superb e way Sankar has written about unemployment n the climax is very delicately handled . gives u a realistic glimpse of the business game


    14. A common man's journey to earn a job and living. Very well told by Sankar. Pinches you deep on the lifestyle of the urban India and focuses more the vanishing values in the society.



    15. As Khokon, the lead character of the novel would say, it was looking at lives getting lost in the "human jungle". Made me cry a lot but am glad I experienced it.



    16. I'd call this and the film Ray made out of it xenophobic (in the sense you could use this word in India) but I'm biased


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