Memory’s Sweet Surprise, by Sankar Chatterjee

Richard Tusman was having a drink with his neighbour Rupankar Sen, an Indian immigrant. Both of them experienced the 1970’s turbulent era of Vietnam War protests, Hare Krishna religious movement while listening to the music of the Beatles and late Ravi Shankar. Rupankar mentioned that Ravi Shankar’s given name was Rabindra Shankar Chowdhury. Once in the West, he branded himself as Ravi Shankar. Surprised, Richard then put on his favourite raga of the sitar-maestro on his stereo-system.

Rupankar jumped, while remembering that memorable haunting music played in the background during a crime-scene in a thriller directed by genius Satyajit Ray.


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