“Kolyaniashu Indu” is a collection of 30 letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1928 to his daughter Indira Gandhi when she was 10 years old. The actual letters written by Nehru were in English and published in a book named “Letters from a Father to His Daughter”. At the time of the writing these letters, Nehru was in Allahabad and Indira was in Mussoorie. In these letters, Nehru discusses a variety of topics. He discusses about natural history, the beginning of the earth, and evolution. He talks about the varied races of the world, the differences in communities, the origin of language and races, how these races were formed. Nehru also discusses the ancient civilizations, the history of India, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the great kings of the past and their kingdoms.
Pahar Churay is a very nice poem written by Sunil Gangopadhyay. This poem depicts beautifully the three stages of one person’s life.
“Ajanito” is a short story written by Ashapurna Devi. In this story she describes about a lady who is a mother of 6 grownups. She had an accident and since then she lost her mental balance. All her kids are worried about her. Finally when she died, they found out the truth.
Poem “Shubhokkhan” is written by Rabindranath Tagore and recited by Anindita Bhattacharya
“Ekhono Somoy” is written by Ullas Das. Ullas Das is a regular writer in Anandamela, Unish Kuri and Sananda magazine in West Bengal, India.
Jonmo Hayna Mrittu Hayna is a poem written by famous Bengali Poet Sunil Gangopadhyay.
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“Muktir Upay” is a short story written by Rabindranath Tagore. This was published in “Golpo Guccho”. Muktir Upay talks of a married man who turned into a fakir and tried to run away from his family. Finally he realized that he actually likes his family and returns.
Shakuntala’s story is told in the Mahabharata. Shakuntala was born of the sage Viswamitra and the Apsara Menaka. Menaka came to distract the great sage Viswamitra from his deep meditation. She succeeded, and bore a child by him.
Viswamitra distanced himself from the child out of anger. Later Menaka left the newborn Shakuntala in the forest. The new born child was found by Kanva Rishi surrounded by Shakunta birds. He thus named her Shakuntala. She became the wife of king Dushyanta and mother of emperor Bharata. The story of Shakuntala was dramatized by Mahakavi Kalidasa. Abanindranath Thakur converted the story of Shakuntala for children. Bengali Audio Book has created this children’s Shakuntala into audio format. Hope you and your kids will enjoy this old story of Shakuntala one more time…..