The book, Tilottama at a glance, is a short book written by Sreeparna Sen as a part of her blog challenge and then compiled her posts into a book. The book goes with a subtitle – Nooks and corners of the city of joy.
What I love:
After reading the book I do agree with the quote the author mentioned in her book, “Calcutta is beautiful. Whenever you place a camera, you get a vision.” – Pradeep Sarkar.
As I started exploring my journey of Kolkata with Sreeparna’s writings I instantly got connected with Adda’s. Yes, I too have amazing memories of having random chit-chats with friends at an adda. She almost gave me a realistic feel by her description.
Literature and Kolkata go hand in hand. Boi Para and Boi Mela (bookfair) I have heard a lot about the annual book fair held and I love these kinds of book fairs, where it is not just about the writers but also readers. Love the interaction sessions held.
I would like to jump again to the addas. My vivid memory about the addas is long talking’s along with some amazing chai! As quoted in the book, “The thirst for the perfect tea cannot be achieved with those videshi machines and the tea bags provided by some offices. It has to be from the roadside stall, served in the earthen cups.” I am sure, all readers would nod their heads when they read this.
Durga pooja and Bengali are so inseparable. Sreeparna’s vow not to be out of Bengal for the Durga pooja was one such fact that we experience when we couldn’t celebrate our favorite festival.
Every acceptance of her description in the book made me realize of me having the same sort of experience with my city too. My long-awaited wish list includes visiting Bengal during the Durga Pooja and experiencing a whole new different world.
Titlottama at a glance is a short and light read with just 70 pages. As this is a book compiled from a series of blog posts, chapters are in alphabetical order. Each of the chapters gives us the local feel of Kolkata.
About the Author:
Sreeparna Sen is a Banker by profession and she has found her peace in writing. She is an author of the book tales of Wizardencil and she is also a part of 10 anthologies which also includes Until Dawn, an international project.
Follow her on her social media, Instagram.
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