Book Club

BEYOND THE BOOK at Alipore

This is a photo of all the members who attended the first meeting of 'Beyond the Book' which forms the Alipore arm of the lsg book club.
The 7th July meeting was a vibrant one where about 25 members actively participated to enter the world of the Tagores of Jorasanko. The book provoked diverse emotions towards the most well known family of Bengal : pride, sadness, perturbation, uneasiness, curiosity... some even dreamt about those mansions!

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THE DANCING WORDS at Ballygunge

A name unanimously chosen by the group members on a rainy afternoon of 7th July 2016...
The meeting started with a lot of excitement and enthusiasm being the first of its kind marked a milestone in the history of The Ladies Study Group spearheaded by its extremely enterprising president Abhilasha Sethia and ended with happy smiles eagerly awaited next read..

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READ ON - Book Club meeting on 7 JULY 2016 at Ballygunge

Jorasanko was unanimously voted as a fantastic first choice for us ladies and discussing the book revealed the varied reasons each member had loved it and "lived " it . The author being a woman and the entire book being based in our city Kolkata and its surroundings was of course the most common factor.
Jorasanko was the house owned by the most popular family of Bengal ,the Thakurs ,also known as the Tagores .

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BEYOND THE BOOK at Alipore

This is a photo of all the members who attended the first meeting of 'Beyond the Book' which forms the Alipore arm of the lsg book club.
The 7th July meeting was a vibrant one where about 25 members actively participated to enter the world of the Tagores of Jorasanko. The book provoked diverse emotions towards the most well known family of Bengal : pride, sadness, perturbation, uneasiness, curiosity... some even dreamt about those mansions !
From our member Nilima Mitter : "Jorasanko, we thought would be far away from the modern Bengal household but amazingly, many of us could relate to everything that happened a century ago ! I think everyone at the meeting felt that the Tagore women were very strong and felt remorse and distaste of how the men lived - with or without them."
She signed off  "yours Genu "
Interestingly, Nilima's husband's family has been very closely connected with the Tagores, have a large joint-family even today and celebrates many festivals like Basant Utsab, as did the Tagores. So the connect became even more strong.
It was truly gratifying to see the enthusiasm and sincerity of the members . We are absolutely sure that this was just the beginning of a pleasurable and fulfilling journey in the world of books !

THE DANCING WORDS at Ballygunge

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READ ON - Book Club meeting on 7 JULY 2016 at Ballygunge

Jorasanko was unanimously voted as a fantastic first choice for us ladies and discussing the book revealed the varied reasons each member had loved it and "lived " it . The author being a woman and the entire book being based in our city Kolkata and its surroundings was of course the most common factor.
Jorasanko was the house owned by the most popular family of Bengal ,the Thakurs ,also known as the Tagores . While the word Tagore immediately makes one think of the great Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore , there is so much more to it and this book is basically about the women in the Tagore family and how they shaped the family fortunes and destiny . It tells us about the significant roles played by each one of them and how they were behind the men of such a successful and illustrious family. This was an eye opener as while we knew of Rabindranath's cultural achievements ,we were largely unaware of his personal life and especially of his family members and his ancestors.The characters have all been so beautifully etched and they stay with us as readers much after finishing the book and possibly for the rest of our lives . The book has historical importance too as it covered how Indians interacted with the British in those times and how we tried to imbibe their lifestyles. The social status of women at that time has also been vividly etched . It showcases the social rules a woman had to abide by including covering her face when out in public, travelling in a palki and the trend of child marriage to name a few .
The growth of the BRAHMO SAMAJ and the development of Santiniketan as a seat of learning along with the progress of Bengali literature and poetry especially through KADAMBARI and RabindraNath has been beautifully documented .
The intriguing fact is that though this book was set in a time period almost two hundred years back , the characters are so relatable even today to all of us and are present with alarming similarities amongst our own circle of friends and families !!That is the beauty of human relationships and emotions which essentially remain the same although the years have gone by .
The afternoon was thus filled with lots of happy brainstorming and ended with an enthusiastic decision to make a group visit to Jorasanko in the near future .