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Chander Pahar

Language: Bengali
Publisher: Signet Press (Ananda Publishers)
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Chander Pahar is a tale of adventure and thrill written by Bengali novelist Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. The story revolves around Shankar Roy Chowdhury, a 20 year old man and his adventures in Africa.

Summary Of The Book

Chander Pahar opens with the following premise - Shankar Roy Chowdhury, 20, was slated to take up a job in a jute mill after graduating from college. However, his interest lay in exploration and adventure. When he got the opportunity to work as a clerk in the Ugandan Railways, he jumps at the prospect and leaves home.

The story traces his journey through Pre World War I Africa, where he faced the perils of the man eating lion and the venomous Black Mamba. On his adventures through the continent, he meets Portuguese gold digger and adventurer, Diego Alvarez, who shares with him anecdotes from his expeditions with Jim Carter. He talks of the largest diamond mine that he found in Richtersveld, where his partner was killed by the mythical monster Bunyip.

The rest of the story traces the adventures of Alvarez and Roy Choudhury as they set out to find the lost diamond mine of Richtersveld. The narration is simple and the plot offers edge-of-the-seat thrills. Chander Pahar is considered to be one of the most important adventure novels in Bengali. Despite its first publication in 1937, the book is still in circulation and has been translated to English titled Mountain Of The Moon. The illustration on the cover has been done by renowned filmmaker Satyajit Ray.

About Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay is one of the most celebrated authors of Bengali literature. His novels and short stories are enjoyed by children and adults alike. Some of his other famous works include Aranyak, Adarsha Hindu Hotel and Pather Panchali.

Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay was born in 1894 in Ghoshpara-Muratipur village. He spent most of his life in abject poverty. He studied in Bongaon High School, graduated from Surendranath College with a degree in Economics, History and Sanskrit, and later taught at a school. His books are now counted as classics and many of them have been televised and filmed. He wrote more than 200 novels and 16 short stories. His son, Taradas Bandyopadhyay was an author and had completed several works of Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay after his death. He died in 1950 of a heart attack.

Specifications of Chander Pahar (Hardcover)

Author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
Book Details
Publisher Signet Press (Ananda Publishers)
ISBN-13 9789350400401
ISBN-10 9350400405
Language Bengali
Binding Hardcover
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09 Sep 2011

it's hard to believe how the writer who'd never been to africa described the sceneries so beutifully. it's one of the best adventure stories in bengali for youngs as well as older ones. i've read this quite a few times and still i'll love reading it again. it's certainly one of the best works of bibhutibhushan bandyopadhayay.

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19 Sep 2013
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if you are a Bengali and you can read, the one book you must read is this one. I read it when I was a boy reading in class V. and today I am again reading this book with the same thrill that I felt as young boy. it is not a book, it is a treasure that you will be proud to possess. the narrative, the adventure and the story---- everything is just awesome for this book . the cover image and the inner drawings are unbelievably amazing. if you are reading this, my advice is not to wait and just add it to your cart. I am sure you SHALL love it.

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04 Apr 2013
The BEST bengali adventure novel undoubtedly

I have read this book when I was studying in class VI, since then I have read it numerous times, most probably the most read book by me. None other Bengali novel can beat it in its genre. The atmosphere, the madness of nature in the diversity of Africa created by the author is unparalleled. The thrill, pace, feel and ambiance of the tale just can't get better. A must read for anyone who can read Bengali, irrespective of one's age. Truly a gem of Bengali Literature.

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27 Feb 2012
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good one

the way african jungle is described, in a word awesome. the writer has narrated every moment vividly and lively. it was worthy to purchase this book, cost is low, service is good, the theme was even better. wow writing. i m keen to read more from this author because reading this he is genuine. very good for everyone to read.

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07 Sep 2011
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This book is about a bengali young man Sankar. He went to Africa to work for a railway company. After a lot of adventures he found something precious in the forests of Africa.
This is a fantastic book. this book is one of the golden memory of my childhood. Every Bengali teenager must read the book. Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay has written this book with a simple but charming language.

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14 Aug 2014
Strong imaginary sentences

Great story. Strong imaginary sentences. Strong enough to explain the beauty of nature and adventure.. Hats off and salaam......... (View complete review)

02 Aug 2014
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touching a legacy

Chaander Pahar, a remarkable creation of Sh Bhibutibhusan Bandopadhyay has become an integral part of the legacy associated with Bengali Children's Literature. However, this particular book enthralls not only children but people obsessed with Bengali Literature of all ages till today. A graphic a... (View complete review)

20 Jun 2014
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Perfect buy

Other than paying the delivery charge.. Its 5 star.
Original StarMark product.
Small handy book with good readable font.

Go for this if you are yet to read it.
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05 Apr 2014
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An excellent book that every Bengali kid should read

This one here is the quintessential children's adventure book that many of us grew up reading and could not not forget. Highly recommended. (View complete review)

    Book: Chander Pahar by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay
    ISBN Number: 9350400405, 9789350400401, 978-9350400401


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