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The Bengali scientific fiction story book Shanku Samagra by Satyajit Ray is a collection of the famous children’s series created by this gifted writer and is about the comic and heroic exploits and ‘travels’ of its hero Professor Shanku.
Summary Of The Book
The volume, Shanku Samagra, brings together all the Shanku series published over a period of time and is read by all age groups. The hero of the book, Shanku, portrays the character of a Bengali scientist, who is driven by an insatiable appetite for scientific adventures. He undertakes several journeys, including one to Mars. Ray’s hero Shanku is an absent-minded and eccentric genius.
Among his imaginary medical inventions is a wonder drug called ‘Miracure-all’ - which can cure any disease, ‘Remembrance’ - for restoring a failing memory, and his most powerful weapon ‘Annihilin’ - which can destroy anything without leaving any evidence. Armed with these ‘weapons’, he can travel to any new strange world or even time zones. His travels have adventure, mystery, and science all with extraordinary stories. He seems to have the uncanny ability to land himself in all types of dangerous situations, from which he comes out eventually. He has faced a killer Tyrannosaurus Rex, met one of man’s distant ancestors, and even travelled trough the dense rain forests of Amazon.
Professor Shanku has even travelled across time zones into past and future and other planets, and all stories end with a thrilling climax. Other characters who always join him in his adventures are his own inventions - the robot called Bidhushekhar, his servant Prahlad, and his pet cat Newton. In this volume, readers can find about how they land on Mars, where they are attacked by the natives from whom they escape narrowly. Subsequently, after wandering through space for several days, they discover a planet called Tafa inhabited by what Shanku calls the first civilised human race of the solar system.
Satyajit Ray had got inspired to write the series on Shanku by Arthur Conan Doyle’s book Professor Challenger.
About Satyajit Ray
Satyajit Ray was an eminent Bengali film maker, apart from being a renown writer. He was born in Calcutta on May 2, 1921, into a Bengali family known for its contribution to the world of literature and arts.
His other popular books in English include The Complete Adventures of Feluda (Volume 1 and 2), Deep Focus: Reflection on Cinema, Speaking of Films, and Adventures of Feluda: Bandits of Bombay, and he has also written books in other Indian languages.
In his writings, you can trace his interest in puzzles, suspense, and puns. His short stories gave him the freedom to express his favorite themes, which he could not for some reason represent in his films. His works make an interesting study in psychology. Ray won international acclaims from authors and film makers around the world.
Ray obtained a B.A (Hons) in economics from Presidency College, Calcutta, and later studied at the Viswa Bharati University at Shantiniketan. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray entered the film industry and directed several feature films, documentaries, and short films. His films Pather Panchali, Aparajito, and Apur Sansar won him several national and international awards. He married Bijoya Das in 1949, and his son Sandip is also a film director.
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Jan 19, 2015
Jan 2, 2015
The book is obviously Great also the quality of book is very good
Dec 17, 2014
Nov 27, 2014
A must read for detective novel readers-Good sellere
Nov 1, 2014
Sep 21, 2012
Too Good ..Well .. when the author is Satyajit Ray, do you really need a review ? Seriously ?? Another masterpiece from Ray, a must read :).
Feb 13, 2012
The Greatest of his fictional charactersRay's Feluda is probably his widest known literary character. With the due respect to the amateur detective, Proffessor Trilokeshwar Shanku would die in disdain if he were not conferred the tag of being one of the most enthralling, imaginative and "different" fictional characters ever created. Written in the style of a chronicle, this unique genre of sci-fi takes its readers for a ride you wished never ended. It is a child's Utopia where the gadgets he thought impossible came to life. Fast-paced, adventurous,thrilling, educative in science and geography, Shanku is literature par excellence. Si… (Expand)
Jun 16, 2012
The Complete Diary of Prof. Trilokeswar Shanku in Your HandYou can say that this book is THE COMPLETE DIARY of Prof. Shanku, including all the days of his wonderful life that he wanted to share with his fans. This book [read 'his diary'] contains all the stories and facts his Discoveries and Inventions, Adventures and Experiments including 2 Incomplete Experiments...
Apr 8, 2012
Awesome CollectionFor those ,who have been brought up by going through Anandamela..Prof. Shanku is someone like the greatest bengali scientist, a role model to us. Heartiest Congratulations to Ananda Publishers for combining and bringing all the Shanku adventures under one single cover. A must collectible for people like us.
Mar 19, 2012
Awesome...Thanx Ananda Pub for putting all Shanku in a book...There is nothing new to say regarding Shanku or Satyajit Ray. Earlier I have read Shanku discretely. Now getting all those fabulous story in a book is an awesome experience. Printing and Book binding is very good ( And its quite normal for Ananda Pub.). Packaging and delivery by flipkart is also very good.
Sep 6, 2011
Great work of fictionRay's unique first person commentary bring a unique façade to the reader's mindset. This is for kids of all ages. And if you haven't read it yet, then you can become the kid and ride along the pages of the diary of Professor Shanku.
Jan 19, 2015
Awesome BookLove that book from early days of my life. No need to say about the author. All we Know that he was the genius. .
Jan 2, 2015
The book is obviously Great also the quality of book is very goodSatyajit Roy's books are always great but the quality of this book is very good.
Dec 17, 2014
No commentsI read all story of Shanku adventure but in PDF book. So I buy this for my wife. The product quality delivered by flipkart is very good.
Nov 27, 2014
A must read for detective novel readers-Good sellereGood compilation of all the stories.Good hardy book.Stories are awesome. Always advice to go for it.Excellent collection a Bengali should have as a proud owner. Every body should read.