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4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  313 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Spine-tingling tales from the other side of midnight. Indigo is the mood in this new collection of stories about the supernatural, the peculiar and the inexplicable from Satyajit Ray, one of the best-loved writers of our times. There are tales here of dark horror, fantasy and adventure along with heart-warmingly funny stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situatio ...more
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Published November 28th 2000 by Penguin Books Australia Ltd
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Bharath Thampi
Dec 04, 2015 Bharath Thampi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book 2 months back. Now, I'm a well known procrastinator. And I really really did not want to rush into a review for this book. I wnated to put some time and effort into writing it. Combine both of these and it's taken me 2 months for this :)

Satyajit Ray needs no introduction. But for those unaware of his accomplishments, Akira Kurosawa once said about him :
"The quiet but deep observation, understanding and love of the human race, which are characteristic of all his films, have
This is a collection of short stories from the master story teller Satyajit Ray, a true legend unto himself. And he does not disappoint with this collection at all.

These are stories that are super natural, bizarre, quirky and even some truly inexplicable in nature but definitely make a great read. It describes Calcutta (and I use this name deliberately) in those days and the various quirks of its people in such a wonderful manner that you are actually transported to that land and experiencing ev
Shoma Patnaik
When I was about 10, a friend lent me an anthology of Satyajit Ray's stories after her praise for his chilling ghost stories got me interested. I remember reading about an ill-fated attempt at a parapsychological experiment in a rural haunted house and a strange little story about a man who hung himself upside down from a tree like a bat. When I found this book, I bought it in hopes of re-reading some of those tales. The last one is not here, but the first, Anath Babu's Terror is, and is still d ...more
Reading Satyajit Ray was like feeling the warmth of winter sun in the backyard of my home back in North...

Each story warms your heart softly and you feel you are reliving your childhood. It was as if someone holding your finger and in this case it is Satyajit Ray takes you through the scenes of your past when you were a child playing at the street corner with your friends, enjoying the comic books, making interesting discoveries, discussing trivial things as if they were wonders of the world..
Jul 04, 2013 Page99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Indigo’s a collection of short stories – really weird short stories. When I think of fiction stories with a twist, Jeffery Archer always comes to mind. I’m a huge fan of his short works – Cat O’ Nine Tales, Quiver Full of Arrows and so on and so forth. All the stories are surreal, and have this strange unprecedented twist in the end. ALWAYS.

Indigo is a little like that. I’m not comparing Jeff Archer and Satyajit Ray – not at all. But I’ll be honest, I’ve never read Satyajit Ray before and I neve
Dhiraj Sharma
Oct 09, 2014 Dhiraj Sharma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is how I like my short stories to be, really short, crisp and with a surprise ending. Each of the stories is a real treat with subjects ranging from ghosts, supernatural elements and with some bizarre characters thrown in.

Ray is master of this genre. I am sure it was his talent to look beyond the mundane that must have got reflected in his writings and movies too.

Abstract stories are not really my cup of tea. I have read short stories of many authors running into several pages and afte
Oct 26, 2015 Harini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read. A refreshing change from some of the layered stuff I find myself stuck with. But, intriguingly , with each passing story, I noticed the absolute absence of Women characters, in this collection. All the characters; central, peripheral, tertiary, were all men.
I have never encountered this. I wonder why...
Sheetal Maurya (Halo of Books)
Read full book review on my blog Indigo: Selected Stories by Satyajit Ray – Book review

I must admit that I have fallen in love with the Satyajit Ray’s stories and looking forward reading more work of him. The one thing which I really loved in this book is the characterization, they are simple yet impressive. Some stories will leave you spellbound, some will make you laugh. These stories will also leave the enchanting impression of old Calcutta. This book can be read and enjoyed by a toddler, a y
Rishi Prakash
Dec 13, 2014 Rishi Prakash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ray was one of those rare beings in this world who had many talents although world knows him mostly for his movies. Writing was one of his talents and I must say its as good as his cinemas for sure!

All the stories here are special in its own way. Evrey single one ends up with an impact which lingers on and that is what makes them unique and truely amazing. These short stories are highly engaging which is the best part. The beauty of these short stories are that they do not go into lengthy descr
Jun 04, 2014 Ozen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no word to describe the range and depth of Satyajit Ray’s imagination. I almost choked from laughter in some stories; I recoiled with horror or tension in others. Although the English translation does not seem to be perfect, the gists of the stories are very much there to haunt you with their charm, eccentricity, and, at times, eeriness. I had no idea that there was an entirely new world somewhere, and that Bengali literature would take you there.

I first heard of Satyajit Ray when I le
Nov 16, 2011 Mamta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Satyajit Ray has always intrigued me and I have been wanting to read some of his books for a long time now (Specially Feluda, which i have heard is his most popular book). While this remains on my wish list I managed to get my hands on Indigo which is a compilation of his short stories.

Indigo explores the world of the super natural, magic and occult through its stories...truly a brilliant color in the rainbow of generes. The stories are written in a simple natural flow, which is amazing. It is b
Jun 08, 2012 Deepak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indigo, by the celebrated film-maker Satyajit Ray, is a selected collection of his short stories. All of the stories have been translated to English from his native tongue, Bengali.

And all of them have an element of the fantastic, the supernatural and the bizarre. The language used is extremely simple and lucid, and will manage to capture the attention of audiences of all ages. Each of them spanning hardly more than 10-15 pages, they are devoid of lofty and superfluous descriptions. The charact
Jan 21, 2016 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was lent this book by one of my dad's coworkers when I was in, I think, high school, and she moved to Europe and then back to India before I could ever return it, so I still have it. I had never heard of Satyajit Ray before she gave it to me, and if I'm being honest I've neglected his other work. But I reread this from time to time. The stories stay with you.
Jul 01, 2016 Joyita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book probably doesn't deserve a 5 star, mainly because so much of it is lost in translation (The original was written in Bangla). Satyajit Ray is a master story teller, be it his amazing movies or writing. I had first read a horror/fantasy short story written by him on a Shanonda Publication (Bengali Magazine) when I was 16 or 17 and have been a fan of his writings ever since.
The best part of his writings is the amazing characters and the background of bengal 50-60 years ago.

This is a coll
Feb 14, 2014 Bahuguna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favourite writer Satyajit ray's fabulous collection of short stories.
The stories are magical, innocent and true by their nature.
Inspiring for a short story writer :)
Jun 28, 2014 Özlem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Puppets, ghosts, aliens, prehistoric animals..... Unusual people.... You name it. Real magic is there in Satyajit Ray.
Nov 11, 2014 Dileep rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My introduction to the literary world of Satyajit Ray.
Shruti Barve
Simply tantalising!
Abhijit Mazumdar
Good translation.
Ananya Jain
May 22, 2015 Ananya Jain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awesome-book
Indigo,published by penguin is a collection of short stories having a perfect blend of horror, mystery and suspense. the intriguing peculiarity of the stories, the plot, the characters makes the reader want more and more. There are fabulous beings ranging from kleptomaniacs, amateur artists to a ghost of an indigo planter, a carnivorous plant and many others. The stories bring the very best of the reader's imagination.
Anouska Banerjee
Apr 30, 2013 Anouska Banerjee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Treasure-trove of tales of the supernatural leaving the reader with a thrilling sense of macabre! Great read.
Abhilash PS
Really Weird stories. Initially I wasn't enjoying the book but then gradually I started liking it.
Deboshree Chatterjee
i read all these stories in Bengali and loved it... recommended for all short story lovers. :)
Yamini Chandra
Oct 04, 2011 Yamini Chandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A treasure of stories on supernatual. Unexpected twists and plots. A great read.
Nov 14, 2011 Shri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sense of macabre the book leaves the reader with is quite unparalleled
Niranjana Hariharanandanan
A masterstroke by Ray nonetheless. .Indigo, indigoing, indigone
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Satyajit Ray (Bangla: সতযজিৎ রায) was an Indian filmmaker and author of Bengali fiction and regarded as one of the greatest auteurs of world cinema. Ray was born in the city of Calcutta into a Bengali family prominent in the world of arts and literature. Starting his career as a commercial artist, Ray was drawn into independent filmmaking after meeting French filmmaker Jean Renoir and watching Vit ...more
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