The Pujas might be still a way off, but The Times of India, Kolkata, is already in a celebratory mood. The paper is launching ‘Somoy’, a Bengali literary compilation, on September 18 especially for the upcoming Durga Puja. The group had earlier published special festive magazines for the Kolkata market, such as ‘Blink’ last year, but these were either in English or bilingual.
Amitava Bhattacharya, Deputy General Manager, Times Response, Kolkata, explained, “‘Somoy’ is an exercise to connect our brand with the educated Bengali community, which has had this tradition of reading special Puja numbers of their favourite publications with rich editorial content.”
Priced at Rs 35, the cover design of this over 500-page all-colour issue has been done by renowned painter Sunil Das, while noted Bengali writer Sanjib Chattopadhyay has been roped in as Guest Editor.
The list of contributors to ‘Somoy’ reads like a veritable who’s who of the contemporary Bengali literary scene such as Buddhadeb Guha, Prafulla Roy, Nabonita DebSen, Amitava Choudhury, Joy Goswami, and Som Sukla, among others. The magazine also contains some unpublished autobiographical poems by Premendra Mitra, excerpts of writings by Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay and an interesting piece by Mahashweta Devi.