History – Susnato Chowdhury is an independent journalist and writer and the editor and publisher of the Bengali Little Magazine Bodhshabdo since 1999. Little Magazines have a unique position in Bengali literature. They are known for their intellectually engaging content and alternative stands in opposition to mainstream magazines published by big media houses. The peak period of these magazines was through the 70’s and 80’s. ome Little Magazines have later gone on to become publishing houses themselves and many writers who started their journey in Little Magazines have later joined big media. The one thread that runs through the spirit of Little Magazines across time, aesthetics and geographical location is their staunch opposition to big media aesthetics. Susnato has been working in this area for over a decade.Susnato wants to study the important instances of design and editing in Bengali Little Magazines in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Print culture of Darjeeling hills has remained undiscussed in the annals history, not just in Bengali, but in English as well. This book brings forth those lesser-known facts. From the early days to contemporary times—how did the press wheels turn in the region, has been represented through information, discussion and images.
This book is also ‘odd’ and unique in its making. The first part of this book is for reading, and the second part is an independent and portable exhibition on the print history of Darjeeling. Those who have the book can easily organise an exhibition at their home or other places.