f\ jarasandha's the voyage (paadi)
Trns. Dr. Ketaki Dutta
Jarasandha is the pen name of Charu Chandra Chakraverty. He catapulted to fame in 1952 when the first volume of Louha Kawpat [The Iron Gate] got published. He had a brilliant academic career, winning the 7th position in the Entrance examination from Hare School, Calcutta and an equally good result in M.A. in Economics from Calcutta University. He was born on the 23rd March, 1902, in a remote village of Faridpore district, now in Bangladesh. He qualified the B.C.S Examination to be appointed as a Jailor at Alipore Central Jail. He wrote a number of books that won him a secured position in the Bengali literary scene, Tamashi, Ashray, Louha Kawpat, Ekush Bachchar, Mashirekha, Abaran, Ebari Obari, Paadi are just to name a few. He wrote short stories for children too, which won wide acclaim. He passed away on the 25th May,1981 in Calcutta.

The story pivots round a girl named Tara, who was the only daughter of a Steward to a Zamindar.The girl fell in love with a Security Staff of their Estate and they stood estranged from each other as the boy had to go behind the bars after protesting against an unjustified calumny thrown on Tara, and murdering the culprit in a fit of outrage. Eventually Tara, too, landed up in the Andaman Jail and got united with her lover after a gap of long long years. They got married at last and she gave birth to a son too. This story was inspired by Prof. Manindranath Bandyopadhyay, who happened to be a man with a wanderlust. He was a close pal of this writer and who narrated this experience to Jarasandha on returning from his long tour of Andaman.

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The translator, Dr. Ketaki Datta, is an alumni of St. John's Diocesan Girls' H.S. School, Kolkata. Her translated stories are regularly published in Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, Pratibha India, New Delhi, Harvest, Anustup, Kolkata etc. She is a regular contributor to the Sunday Supplement of THE STATESMAN. She is a critic and reviewer apart from being a creative writer. Her thought-provoking scholarly articles have been published in various books and journals of repute. She is the Head, Department of English, A.B.N. Seal Govt. College, West Bengal.