Satyajit Ray on Arnab Roy Chowdhury
For a span of about 14 years, from end 1978 to mid 1992 till his demise, Arnab Roy Chowdhury had the good luck of being in contact with the genius. Apart from direct face to face interactions on several occassions, letters were also exchanged at other times. Those were not the days of internet, so, handwritten or manually typed hard copy letters through post was the option that was chosen by the master and his fan to correspond with each other.
During this span of 14 years, Ray had written a total of 18 letters to Arnab, The following is one of them. This has the highest touch of feelings, humanity, sympathy and appreciation. The first one is the original letter handwritten in Bengali, and the other one is its translated form.
(The larger images below, weighing 325kb and 482kb respectively, might take a while to appear after clicking, depending on the speed of your internet... normally it should not take more than 3 to 5 seconds in respective cases. The first one is his own handwritten letter, and the second one is its translation in English.)