MY KIND OF GIRL by Buddhadeva Bose

Frederica Bepler
Book Review

It is late at night in a train station in the Uttar Pradesh province in Northern India. Four men of various ages are sharing the waiting room when a young couple walks in, then walks out. The sight of them creates a shockwave within the previously silent and shuffling group, launching them into a round of reminiscences about their first experiences of love in the 1920's India of their youths. Each story examines a turning point in the teller's life, a point where he saw something that in some way defined love to him, and has haunted him ever since. Each man (they are described by their professions: a contractor, a bureaucrat, a doctor, and a writer), in some way, loses something in the story--whether it is the love itself, or an idea about what love could be.Buddhadeva Bose (1908-1974) was a renowned poet and writer in India, and a central figure in the movement towards modernism in Bengali literature. Though he is widely known in India for his prolific writings and as a translator of popular Western poets like Baudelaire and Rilke, only a small portion of his work has been translated into English.


Frederica Bepler

imageFrederica Bepler is a writer and editor in New York City. She graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from Oberlin College.

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