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A modern-day BengaliDecameron, My Kind of Girlis a sensitive and vibrant novella containing four disarming accounts of unrequited love. In a railway station one bleak December night, four strangers from different walks of life —a contractor, a government bureaucrat, a writer, and a doctor—face an overnight delay. The sight of a young loving couple prompts them to reflect o ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published November 5th 2010 by Archipelago (first published 1951)
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Smita Beohar
My Kind of Girl

Author: Buddhadeva Bose (In Bengali)
Translated to English: Arunava Sinha
Publication: Random House India
Price: 350/-

I always saw this book cooling its heels in the rack of my book store. The cover & packaging was classy and so was the price. I always felt that for a 171 page book the price was too much. And then on a rainy day I picked the book sat on red couch of the book store & was hooked to it in no time. Needless to say the book was bought & possessed.

On a cold Dec
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Darryl
On a cold December night four strangers, a contractor, a government official, a doctor, and a "writer", find themselves stranded in a railway station in a small mid-20th century Indian town. The men sat together in a compartment during the first portion of their journey, and decide to keep each other company for the night, while they await the morning train that will carry them to their final destinations. As they sip coffee, the door of the station opens, and a young couple, clearly in love, br ...more
Stacia
My Kind of Girl is ok -- a very mild, unassuming set of stories that four men stuck in a train station share to pass the time during a long, cold night. The book was originally published in 1951 & the almost knight-like quality of putting women on a pedestal from afar is certainly reflected in the modest stories these men tell, stories prompted by them seeing a couple in love, stories they share of some type of love from their own pasts. Supposedly Bose was/is considered one of the great tal ...more
Portia Renee Robillard
Bose writes with clarity, simplicity, and tenderness concerning matters of the heart, and the unexpected paths life takes. My Kind of Girl is a novella perfect for escaping with into a lazy, reminiscing sort of afternoon.
Dhiraj Sharma
What exactly is Love, is it the feeling that bounds two hearts together, does it need to be expressed or reciprocated, is a mere glance sufficient enough to infer the feeling of love.

“My Kind of Girl” is about four passengers stranded during the dead of the night at a Railway waiting room .

A newly married couple briefly enters the waiting room and leave in a jiffy making these men reminiscence about their own young days when they were in love with someone. Each of these four men then narrates t
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Ryan
Four men, complete strangers to each other, were stranded on a night train. They met a young couple ("clearly newlyweds") who appeared very much in love. This sight of the couple triggered memories for each of them. They began reflecting about love. They decided to pass the time sharing stories with each other. Each of the four stories that followed was rendered in very simple yet beautiful prose. They were all simple tales but together they form a subtle whole.

Romantic love is the subject of My
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Winna
I love this book. The premise is intriguing and after years of just putting it on my wishlist, I finally ordered and bought it.

With clean but sophisticated prose (I'm reading the translated version), the author manages to convey four people's love stories in such a simplistic way. I enjoy reading each story and the meaning in them, what love means to each person and how their love story begins, then ends. My favorite is the first and second stories, and my least favorite is the fourth but someho
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Adam
A quiet, lovely stories-on-a-theme book from India. Stuck in a train depot on a cold night, four middle aged men each recount the tale of a girl from their youth, that One Girl that each of them could never forget. As a whole, the book achieves a vivid, wistful, bittersweet tone. The stories--dealing with memories of adolescence and early adulthood years--all center on the conflict between the Ideal and the Real, on the “mystery of womanhood,” and on those turning-point decisions, roads that are ...more
Abhaga
Arunava Sinha's translation reads very well. I can't comment on how faithful it is to the original but it flows, never seems awkward.

The beauty here is not in the plot but in the story telling. Simple stories beautifully told.
Tim Meneely
Underwhelmed. The writing is kind of thin, perhaps due to poor translation?

It's a traveler's tale, which I picked up in hopes of a modernist take on Chaucer that juxtaposed interesting love stories. The bittersweet nature of inevitably imperfect love couplings, the ordinariness of failure to connect amid a supposed recounting of love stories... These elements do not automatically render a powerful or even interesting effect.
Saby
Jan 23, 2012 Saby rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who like to read about India and or relationships.
Shelves: 2012, culture, shorties
I'm not sure why this book is called My Kind of Girl. In any event I am pleased to have read it.

There are some touching stories in this novella. My favourite is Makhanlal's Sad Tale.

My Kind of Girl is made up of untraditional tales of love that are at times romantic. There is also exploration of life in India.

I recommend it to those who like to read about India and or relationships.
Caroline
Translated from Bengali, 4 men, strangers stranded in a waiting room when their train is delayed, pass the time by telling a story from their past of a girl they had loved and lost, loved from afar, or loved and won. Very well written and the stories are captivating.
Jose
Livro para quem vai amar, ama, ou já amou. Combinação de quatro histórias contadas por quatro homens durante uma noite fria em uma estação de trem: burocrata, médico, empreiteiro, escritor. No background, a Índia em transformação, se modernizando.
Jai Khatri
This book had rave reviews when I came across it but it didn't speak very loudly to me. Lacked imagery and descriptions of the very lush culture it depicts. Meh.
Julia
Beautiful, philosophic book on love, life and memories. Clear well-crafted prose which makes the book a fast read which one wants to savour at the same time.
Frederique
I liked it a lot.It was an easy read, and really deep. But some stories were rather "weak" compare to other, really touching and quite universal.
Laura
Beautiful stories that give you an insight on India, even if from another era :)
Louise
Marginal. If it was more than 150 pages, I wouldn't have finished it. 5.5 out of 10
Marta
Made me want to move to India...beautifully written and rich with detail
Hector San Martin
yo soy una mezcla de Gagan Baran y Ramen. Muy bueno, muy muy bueno.
Kay
I lovedthis sweet gentle book.
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Buddhadeva Bose (also spelt Buddhadeb Bosu) (Bengali: বুদ্ধদেব বসু) was a major Bengali writer of the 20th century. Frequently referred to as a poet, he was a versatile writer who wrote novels, short stories, plays and essays in addition to poetry. He was an influential critic and editor of his time. He is recognized as one of the five poets who moved to introduce modernity into Bengali poetry. It ...more
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It Rained All Night When the Time Is Right বুদ্ধদেব বসুর শ্রেষ্ঠ কবিতা কালের পুতুল তপস্বী ও তরঙ্গিনী

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