Saturday, March 29, 2014

Overwhelmed

I am overwhelmed by the compliments from some of the greatest writers in the world. I thank the legendary French journalist Patrick Poivre PPDA for his special appreciation: "On put aussi assister à un entretien enrichissant avec le Professeur Chinmoy Guha, un polyglotte très érudit installé à Calcutta et qui parle un français aussi limpide que celui des auteurs qu’il traduit.." I thank the legendary Edwy Plenel of Mediapart too. It is nice to be called "the finest model of Francophonie in the world" by Jean-Noël Schifono.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wiki mischief

After my recent title of Knight of Arts and Letters, a few gentlemen from another University have mutilated and vandalised the Wikipedia article on me! This can happen only in Bengal. They have chopped off the Times of India's comment on me as "India's best-known French scholar" and omitted the passage on Derrida's admiration for me, elaborately reported in Times of India and Hindustan Times after his visit. This reminds me of the Bengali gentleman who had actually gone to court to prove that Amartya Sen hadn't won the Nobel Prize!! Psychological problem? Citations are removed, and then demanded by these miscreants. The list of my CIIL documentaries have been mutilated. The names of the two ministries--the French Ministry of culture and that of National Education--chopped off. Mindless vandalism.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Oxford

Now working in Bodleian, Oxford. One of the most fruitful research works I have done. And Oxford is so beautiful now..so much light and joy! Enjoyed the poets' meeting.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Documentaries of the Central Institute of Indian Languages

I have anchored on-screen the following documentaries on Indian Literature for the Bhasha-Mandakini project of the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. Rabindranath Tagore (Letters) Arun Mitra Buddhadeb Bosu Krittibas Ojha Kaliprasanna Singha Peary Chand Mitra Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay

Monday, November 4, 2013

Wiki mischief

After my recent title of Knight of Arts and Letters, a few gentlemen from another University have mutilated and vandalised the Wikipedia article on me! This can happen only in Bengal. They have chopped off the Times of India's comment on me as "India's best-known French scholar" and omitted the passage on Derrida's admiration for me, elaborately reported in Times of India and Hindustan Times after his visit. This reminds me of the Bengali gentleman who had actually gone to court to prove that Amartya Sen hadn't won the Nobel Prize!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mrinal Sen

I have just given the voice-over for a Films Division documentary on Mrinal Sen. And I am translating into Bengali Mrinal da's book on Chaplin.

Monday, October 14, 2013

My favourite moments

Yes, I love teaching, I savour every minute of my lectures. And I love to sculpt my articles, and I know I have created my own style in Bengali prose. But if you ask me to choose the best option, I shall surely go for a film by Ray or Bunuel.