Friday, 24 April 2015

MY DADU book of poems


To my grandfather
who did not know
old age
Anuradha Bhattacharyya

Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya is the granddaughter of late Professor Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya, who has been awarded Padma Shri by the Indian government in 2017 posthumously. He was an art historian and author of more than thirty books written over more than thirty five years, ever since his retirement in 1975 from the position of Director, Indian Museum, Kolkata. The same year she was born. She has seen her grandfather only in his personal residence in Lake Gardens after he shifted there from the official residence inside the Museum premises. The frequent visits to her grandparents’ have formed deep impressions on her. They have not only formed her character but also shaped her theory of life. This is her fourth book of verse.
Dr. Anuradha Bhattacharyya is author of three books of verse, Fifty Five Poems (1998), Knots (2012) and Lofty – to fill up a cultural chasm (2014), all published by WRITERS WORKSHOP, Kolkata. Presently, she is Assistant Professor in English at Postgraduate Government College, Sector-11, Chandigarh since 2006. She lives with her husband and daughter. This is the eighth city she has lived in. She has had spent parts of her childhood in Durgapur, Roorkee, Jaipur and Kolkata. For her education she has been at Kharagpur as well as Mumbai. For work she has been at New Delhi, teaching in a Management Institute before coming to Chandigarh as this is a UPSC position. Her myriad experience and a keen observation of the habits of the people of all these diverse parts of India allow her a complex trapeze of expressions. Her novel One Word has been awarded BEST BOOK of the year 2016 by Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi.

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