Rhymes of Whimsy - The Complete Abol Tabol by Sukumar RayOnly very rarely comes along a book that both delights the senses and stimulates the intellect at the same time. This first and only complete translation of Abol Tabol in more than 100 years manages to do both with consummate ease.
With amazingly rhyme-accurate rendering that reads as if the poems had been penned in the English language to begin with, this translation preserves every single rollicking rhyme and the exact same cadences as in the originals. Each translated poem is one hundred percent line-accurate and evokes immediate nostalgia of the original in both rhyme and rhythm.
Abol Tabol is, in fact, cleverly disguised socio-political satire, written to mock the state of society and administration of early 20th century colonial India. The book provides groundbreaking analysis, linking the poems to specific historical events and uncovering the targeted satire hidden in many of the poems. It answers questions like: Who is Katth Buro? Which scandal in English parliament is the poem Gondho Bichar about? Which Bengal-school painting is mocked in Bhooturey Khela? Which three Indian statesmen were the Ahlaadi in real life?
With a total of more than 250 pages, this is a book in two parts: the first comprises the translated poems and more than 40 illustrations. The second contains investigative analysis and some never-before-published commentary on the symbolism and hidden meanings woven skillfully into the poems. The analysis is beautifully clear, concise and logical, and cites more than 45 separate bibliographical references.
This book turns conventional wisdom about Sukumar Rays Abol Tabol on its head, and irrevocably changes the understanding of this timeless work forever. A must-read for enthusiasts of humorous nonsense verse, as well as for academicians and students engaged in comparative literature and South Asian literature studies.
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Jump to navigation. Sukumar Ray, the father of Oscar winning writer and filmmaker Satyajit Ray and son of acclaimed children's writer, artist, musician and printing pioneer Upendra Kishore Roy Chowdhury, was a genius born way ahead of his time. His seemingly nonsensical and subtly satiric rhymes in the extremely popular collection Abol Tabol Nonsensical Mnemonics, are so pristine that had he composed nothing apart from these 45 rhymes, he might still be considered one of best authors in Bengali literature. Ray was only eight when he penned his first poem, 'Nadi' River. Over the years, he penned poems, rhymes, plays, stories, articles, research papers and a few essays in Bengali and English.
Ray and Sons publishers. It consists of 46 titled and seven untitled short rhymes quatrains , all considered to be in the genre of literary nonsense. Bengali readers were exposed to a new nonsense fantasy world by the poems in Abol Tabol. This selection offers the best of Sukumar Ray's world of pun-riddled poetry. Although it was not understood at the time of its publication, many poems in Abol Tabol contain skilfully hidden satire on the state of society and administration of early 20th-century colonial India - mostly Bengal.
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