By Rabindranath Tagore, Radha Chakraborty

The literature of the recent age seeks to not narrate a series of occasions, yet to bare the secrets and techniques of the guts. Such is the narrative mode of Chokher Bali —Rabindranath Tagore, Preface to Chokher Bali

Chokher Bali explores the forbidden feelings unleashed while a gorgeous younger widow enters the probably harmonious global of a newly married couple. This path-breaking novel by way of Rabindranath Tagore weaves a tangled net of relationships among the pampered and self-centred Mahendra, his blameless, childlike bride Asha, their staunch buddy Bihari, and the wily, seductive Binodini, whose arrival transforms the lives of all concerned.

Radha Chakravarty's translation brings the area of Tagore's fiction to lifestyles, in lucid, idiomatic prose.

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5 another. Foure dayes after this uncomfortable separation, in the morning toward ten of the clocke, we had a terrible clap of thunder, which slew foure of our men outright, their necks being wrung in sonder without speaking any word, and of 94 men there was not one untouched, whereof some were stricken blind, others were bruised in their legs and arms, and others ia their brests, so that they voided blood two dayes after, others were drawen out at length, as though they had been racked. But (God be thanked) they all recouered, sauing onely the foure which were slaine outright.

14, p. 319. 8. The eighth voyage, John Saris Lib. iv, caps. 1 and 2. 9. The ninth voyage, Edmund Marlowe cap. 5, p. 440. INTRODUCTION. xvii I take this opportunity of expressing my thanks to Mr. Handcock, of the State Paper Office, for his valuable assistance in deciphering and making abstracts of the earlier logs of the seventeenth century in the India Office. The present volume concludes with a document relating to a very different part of the world, which was, however, very closely connected with the early history of the East India Company.

732. Purchas also gives the journal of the ship Pearl, an interloper (1612), of which Samuel Castleton of London was captain, written by John Tatton, master (iii, cap. xv, p. 328). XVU1 INTRODUCTION. priceless Arctic journals. This one has alone escaped. It was once in the hands of Purchas, for he gives extracts from it occupying 4 j pages ;* and a collation of the original manuscript with his version, affords a good example of the way in which the Rev. Samuel dealt with his materials. Captain Way mouth's Arctic expedition and others, as well as that of Captain Knight, were despatched by the East India Company ; but Captain Knight was originally connected with the Danish expeditions to Greenland of the seventeenth century, and it will be well to glance briefly at his antecedents.

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