Genre : Non-fiction
Format: Hardbound / Unbound
Pages: 43 Postcards / 86 Pages
Unlike memory, nostalgia has a wistful longing attached to it. It is an act of remembering a yearning collage of the past to recreate memories. While living in present, we sometimes tend to step back in our leisure to roam aimlessly in past. The jewels retrieved therein are like postcards from our loved ones, saved and treasured in a shoe box, with the wish to read them someday in future.
The book, ‘Letter to Myself’ is a multitude of memories recollected in tranquility, where 43 pages of recreated postcards-in-a-box may offer its reader a divergent experience of reading. The stories, short yet soulful, by the author, Piu Mahapatra are a personal reflection of the city, Kolkata, when postcards were a part of life and living.
Praise for the Book
‘Such a lovely collection of reminiscences and reflections, that many of us will identify with. There’s a certain warmth and freshness, that I’ve come to associate with Piu’s writing. These are prose that are almost poetry if not actually poetry in a different guise. Coming as they do in the unusual format of a box of cards , they take the character of an art object rather than a book. I love the meticulous drawings, form and shadow, that sit on the address side.’
~ Manjari Chakravarti
(Eminent artist, writer and illustrator of multiple books published by Scholastic Singapore and India, Armour publications Singapore, Tulika Books, Pratham books, Ektara and Oxford University Press)