Tagore and the language of children

I have long held the opinion that if translation is difficult, translating Rabindranath Tagore's poems and songs from the original Bangla into English is nearly impossible. ┬áPart of the difficulty is inherent in the language and cannot be circumvented easily by any translator: for example, Bangla, like many other Indic languages has three forms of … Continue reading Tagore and the language of children

Medical writing in the time of cholera

Pity poor Allen Webb, stationed in Calcutta in 1848, after two major pandemics had wiped out hundreds of thousands of people, having to draft his textbook- the monstrously named┬áPathologica Indica; Or, The Anatomy of Indian Diseases: Based Upon Morbid Specimens, from All Parts of the Indian Empire, in the Museum of the Calcutta Medical College, … Continue reading Medical writing in the time of cholera