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Calcutta Diary

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Calcutta Diary
Calcutta Diary
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Amaar Neru-da

Many people don’t realise that Il Postino, that wonderful film about a friendship between Pablo Neruda and a village postman, is just a figment of fiction. One could, however, make a real-life film about Neruda and a small-time Calcutta tailor with whom the poet made friends in the 1920s. I discovered this story from Nandita mashi, an old friend of Neruda’s.

Nandita mashi tells me that Neruda lived in Calcutta for a while in the late 1920s and had a knack for making friends with the man-in-the-street, one of his friends being a local tailor, whose family he kept in touch with over the years. (The friendship with the postman in Il Postino may be fictitious, she says, but it was typical of Neruda.) Neruda’s memoirs don’t mention his living in Calcutta, but Nandita mashi says he probably spent time...

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