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‘ Bukhari’ (The Hearth) ‘ written by SHYAMAL BHATTACHARYA, translated by SUBHRASANKAR DAS, is a fiction based on the lives of the Indian soldiers who were performing their duties in the untried icy and treacherous heights of Siachen, where not even a blade of grass grows. The novel subtly reveals the smoldering volcanoes that each soldier carries within himself in the unforgiving icy surroundings. The latent desires, dreams, restlessness and helplessness of the characters find an adroit expression in this novel.
More than 25 blustery, shivering years, the Indian and Pakistani armies have been fighting a "No-Win" battle on the 20,000-foot-high Siachen Glacier, the world's highest war-ground. On average, one Pakistani soldier is killed every fourth day, while one Indian soldier is killed every other day. Over 1,300 Pakistani soldiers have died on Siachen between 1984 and 1999. According to Indian estimates, this operation had cost India over Rs. 50 billion and almost 2,000 personnel casualties till 1997. Almost all of the casualties on both sides have been due to extreme weather conditions. In spite of this,
The word `Siachen` ironically means the place of wild roses. Arduous to live in, the Siachen area is beautiful to look at from the cockpit. Some of the world's tallest mountains fill the landscape, their snowy tops giving way to rivulets of white that glitter against the black and purple rock. It is a moonscape of mesmerizing pinnacles and ridges and drops. Ice formations rise a mile high. Clouds seem at arm's reach. During storms, the heavy snowfall seems as thick as long, white drapery. The wind does pinwheels, and the basic of a hard life gets that much harder.
The roots of the conflict over Siachen lie in the non-demarcations on the western side on the map beyond NJ9842. Prior to 1984 neither India nor Pakistan had any permanent presence in the area. Today, Siachen is more important as a test of diplomacy than of high-altitude battle skills. Over the years, Siachen itself has been the subject of seven major rounds of talks under various Governments ruled by various parties, negotiators have agreed that the conflict is futile -- and some have even called it lunatic. But one side or the other has always been too afr. Presently India holds two-thirds of the glacier and controls a few of the top-most heights aid of a double-cross to complete a deal.
But what is the guarantee that in future Pakistani general/president will not re-occupy Siachen with ‘freedom fighters’? And in future Indian government will not ask the armed forces to take back the Soltoro ridge? USA and few western weapon manufacturing countries are only interested in selling more and more Fighter Aircrafts, Canons, other weapons and war machines to both the country. Hence, for their business shake the show must go on. If indeed we wanted to hold on to the heights, then why are we talking with each other for the last two decades to demilitarise the area? What of the four thousand soldiers who have been disabled? The cost is not only what is paid out to them in terms of disability pensions. . What of the suffering of thousands of soldiers who spend several long months at altitudes where basic survival is at stake? And finally, what about the effect on the environment?

About the Authors

Shyamal Bhattacharya, born in Agartala (1964), holds a Masters degrees in Hindi and Public Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism. Received honorary Doctorate (Vidyabachaspati) from Vikramshila Hindi Vidyapeeth, Ujjawain, Madhya Paradesh. Besides Bengali he knows Hindi, English, Punjabi, Dogri and Rajasthani. He started his career with Indian Air Force as Aircraft Controller (1981- 2001) and later served the ICFAI University as Academic Monitoring Coordinator (2004 – 2010) and Adamas Institute of Management for brief period. Thereafter he shouldered the responsibility of Assistant Editor in Sakalbela, a Bengali daily till April 2013. Presently he is working with Press Information bureau as Translator to Prime Minister of India. He is an eminent author of Bengali Literature and a linguist of repute. His early translations include the poetry of Jugal Parihar from Rajasthani into Bengali, short stories of Amrita Pritam, Kartar Singh Duggal, Ajeet Caur, Omprakash Gaso, RamsarupAnakhi and 42 others from Punjabi into Bengali and short stories of Ved Rahi from Dogri into Bengali. Some of his important indigenous works include novels like Bukhari and LodravarKachakachi; short story collections like Chilte Daag, Fulmotir Basantkal, Jamichalang, Aakashe Orar Galpo, Bharong Pakhir Naach etc. Recipient of honours by Jahangirnagar University, Ganobiswabidyalaya and Dhaka University of Bangladesh(2016) Punjabi Lekhak Akademi, Jallandhar, (2000); Punjabi Sahitya Sabha, Sangrur, (2000); Triveni Sahitya Akademi, Jallandar (2000); Viswakarma Literary Society, (2000); Tripura Prabha Honour (2007), Sutapa Roy Chowdhuri Award by Paschimbanga Bangla Akademi, Govt. of West Bengal (2010), Amrita Pritam Samman (2015), Siromani Sahityakar Samman, Udaipur, Rajasthan ( 2016), Tathagata Srijan Samman, Siddharthanagar, U.P. ( 2016), Mahatma Fule Talent Search Academy, Nagpur( 2016),Sahitya Akademi,Govt. of Madhya Pradesh ( 2018), Manohar Kothari Smriti Samman,by Sahitya Mondal, Shreenathdwara, Rajasthan ( 2019) and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award (2010). He represented country at Beijing International Book fair in 2010 and attended Brahmaputra Literary Festival(2018).
Selected Bibliography:
Novel: Bukhari (1997, 2002, 2006); Lodravar Kachakachi (2008); Banchchakalpataru (2019). Bukhari (in Hindi) (2002, 2006, 2015).Dweepantare phul phutechhe(In Press) Mahastyer Biparite ( In Press)
Short Fiction: Chilte Daag (1981); Fulmotir Basantkal (1994); Laupakhir Dim(1997); Jamichalang (1999, 2017); Jamichlang (in Hindi) 2006; Aakashe Orar Galpo (2006); Bharong Pakhir Nach (2008, 2017); Paisley ( in English, 2007).
Translations: Samakalin Punjabi Galpo (2002, 2008)(Akhshar Publications); Dharma Juddha (2011); Aay Re (2014) & Kumari Harinir Chokh (2007); (Sahitya Akademi); Kon Bhore Bonchka Khuli (2014) (NBT); Kuvempu (2018)(Rastrakavi Kuvempu Trust, Karnataka).
Other Books: Tripurar Galpo o Galpokar (Jt.1999)( Ubudosh); Prasanga Biofelia (2011)( Srot); Path-Pratikriya (2012)( Tripura Bani); Tripuray Bangla Sahitya (2016)( Srot). Rastrakavi Kuvempu(2019),Bharater Bangla Galpo (Jt.2017)(Srot)
Biography: Barun-60- An aesthetic journey(2016)( Colourland Art Academy).
Children Literature: Chhoy Ponar Kando (2014, 2016) ( Srot), Jungale daitya( in Press).Adventures of Six little Fish(2019)(Insha); Chhah Nanhi Machhliyon ka Abhiyan(2019)(Insha); Jungle ka Daitya(2019)(Insha);Monster of the Jungle(2019)(Insha).


About The Translator

Author. Teacher. Translator. ResourcePerson

¤ Author of : 1. SfotikChaapa Phosphorus ( Akshar Publication )

 2. 'Baul Molecules' (collection of modern Bengali poems, Srot  publication);

3.'Tontukit'(collection of modern Bengali poems, Vasha publication); 

4.'Zebracrossing '(ebook of English poems, Smashword).

¤ Invited & Awarded at “Poschimbongo Bangla Acedamy” as “Sera Torun Kobi (Best poet)”  by “Binoy Podok committee”, kolkata for the book “Tontukit.”

¤ Honored by 'Banani Literary Society' (Kolkata). And by 'Tobu Ovimaan' Kolkata.

¤ Poems, short stories, reviews & interviews have been published in the reputed local news-papers (ex-Dainik sambad, Fariad, Tripura darpan, Sandan, Arohan,Tripura times etc).

¤ Invited to the little mag conferences of Tripura and Guahati.

¤ Invited and honored by TTO as Guest Poet.

¤ Writes poetry in top literary & commercial magazines:

Kolkata : Kabisammelen, KabitaPratimase, Pratham Alo, Pankauri, Daur, Dadhichi, Uttar itihas, Annwesa, Bristidin, Monkolom, Tobu ovimaan, MouriFul, Tarunno, Shudhu bighe dui etc.

Tripura : Vasha, Jalaja, Srot, Prahari, Bajrakantha, Windows, Kalbela, Ei somoy, Onarjo, SomoySonket, Sabdik, Gomati, FotaMati, Akasher chaad etc.

Assam/Gwahati/Silchr : Anno desh, Betrikam, Kabikantha, Jugasankha, Ujjal pandulipi etc.& others.

Bangladesh : Adda, Shorolrekha , Vatiyal and others.

¤ Poems have been included in many collections of poems : Mukur(Kolkata),Tin Banglar sunner Kobita(Bangladesh), Kabitaghar(Tripura), ProthomDoshokerKobita(Kolkata), Dour, Shonali-dhulo , Niharika & others.

¤ Few poems have been recorded in (cdmp3)'KobiKonthe kobita'(Souharda,Kolkata) & ‘Je matite jibon jage’(Eastern school of publication).

¤ Poems in English have been published and appreciated in various international journals/web magazines/blogs.i.e. Enchanting Verses International, Lateras Caseras, Velvetillusion and others.

¤ Has got invitation from the president of '22nd World Congress Of Poets'(Larissa , Greece 2011),'united poets laureate international'..and from 'Asia Writes'.

¤ Enlisted in Best poems encyclopaedia.

¤ Featured in ' Washington Bangla Radio Online.'

¤ Invited to the LIVE tv program 'Akasher Mukhomukhi' presented by 'Akash Tripura'(a reputed satellite channel of North-East.

¤ Invited and Interviwed LIVE by AIR ,city branch in the program 'Sristir Ongone' twice.

¤ Invited by 'Press Information Bureau' to attend the 'Writers' Meet' at Gitanjali Govt guest house.

¤ Editor of the 1st Bilingual Literary Webzine of North East :

# Editor of 'WATER' ,the1st (international) multilingual
VideoMagazine from Tripura

Book Details

ISBN: 9789354264856
Publisher: Shadowkraft
Number of Pages: 270
Dimensions: 6"x9"
Interior Pages: B&W
Binding: Paperback (Perfect Binding)
Availability: In Stock (Print on Demand)

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