Being Leela: Why you should read her life-story

This is my fan-gushing of one of my favorite autobiographies (in my mother language Bengali) and the author behind it- the prolific Leela Majumdar.

If you are a non-Bengali, then you might not have heard about Leela Majumdar.

But for us, the admirer of Bengali children literature, Leela Majumdar epitomized the image of a cozy grandma who wrote stories about-

i) harmless ghosts,

ii) adventure of fearless children,

iii) hidden treasure hunt and above all-

iv) the joy of being alive.

Leela Majumdar autobiography image credit: m.somewhereinblog.net

It’s when I read her autobiography ‘Paakdandi’( the spiral path of mountains), a bulb lit up and I realized what a trailblazer she was.

The way she molded her fate on her own during the not-so-women-friendly period of 20th century Bengal, had made her one of my personal sheroes.

a) Her remarkable childhood 

If you read Paakdandi in future (I don’t know whether its English translation is available, if yes then do grab it), you can see it for yourself how prolifically she depicted –

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