Shishendu Mukhopadhyay’s skyrocketing popularity in children’s literature. He has built a world of his own for the little ones. All the amazing characters appeared in the strange world of Rosse Toitambu. In his own words – ‘Ghosts, bitches and scumbags, Uzbuk and vagrants, fools and tricksters, darogababu of various sizes, even Rajagaja come and sit in knots on my writing pages.’ Just what? Kapalik, head-crazy people, gluttons, tight-fisted, stupid people – who is not in his juvenile novels? All their strange antics keep the little ones amused, while the mystery-thriller flavor keeps them from taking their eyes off the pages. Ghosts feature heavily in Shirsendu’s works, but they are not menacing, but rather extend a hand of friendship, helping those in danger. The first volume of ‘Kishor Novel Samagra’ contains Manoj’s strange house, Gonsai Bagan’s ghost, Hetamgarh’s treasure, Nrisingha’s mystery, Boxer Rattan, ghost watch, Gaur’s kabach, diamond ring, Pagla Saheb’s grave and lost cockatoo. In the light of humor, mystery and sense of well-being, novels are shining in Bengali juvenile literature.
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