A. Datta

Publisher info

I went to the following schools.
1) English Major
2) Diploma in RDBMS
3) Post Graduate Diploma in … [that's my secret]
4) Certificate in Computer Servicing
5) Microsoft Certified Solution Developer

I brought up over a dozen house cats in my 20s.

As a kid and as a teenager I was never a good amateur cricketer, not even average. But I insisted on letting everyone bowl and keep wicket whenever I was made captain. I also started the batting order with the guys who were the least likely to get a chance to bat with practically any of the other captains. Winning a casual open-to-everyone game was much less important to me than giving everyone a fair chance. Since the dominant guys wanted to hog all the action and were more vocal it would seem that I was a very unpopular captain. But I doubt it.

I'm proud to be an Indian and a world citizen. However, I always hated the most popular traditional attire worn by Indian women. The "sari" is a trap!

I always thought it a better idea to drive one's own four-wheeler than hire a chauffer -- something that was quite uncommon in India when I was a toddler.

Most of the eBooks to which I am contributor are my translations of works by Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

I am also a loss-making webmaster. I created http://aucklandwhich.org which is a specialized search engine for geoconfusables and I have a lightning-fast tester for Dansguardian parental control software at http://d.yourfilter.org

If you read my translations of Rabindranath Tagore's works you will surely treasure them for generations …

Where to find A. Datta online


Where to buy in print


Publisher of



Revelations of a Spirit Medium
By
Price: $4.19 USD. Words: 68,530. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014 by A. Datta. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » Hoaxes & deceptions
This reillustrated eBook is a near-exact reproduction of the original edition from 1891 of which spiritists and fraudulent mediums burnt every single copy they thought existed and even went as far as to destroy the printing plates. While Harry Houdini's conscience kept many secrets he knew, this author tells all mostly upsetting "mediums" but also revealing the methods of honest magicians
Clouds and Sunshine
By
Price: Free! Words: 9,360. Language: American English. Published: October 7, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Fiction » Classics
The clouds and the sunshine play hide-and-seek with profound implications for the future. And the quotidian history of two unrenowned humans on a leisurely rainy day despite seeming to be of no consequence is also far from mundane. The hoary-headed unseen one who has been stringing ages with ages has been sowing the seeds of lifelong joys and sorrows amid the little girl's laughter and tears …
Finally
By
Price: Free! Words: 7,160. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Apurba observes Mrinmayee in the moonlight fancying that she has been put to sleep with a magic wand of silver. All he needs now is the golden wand to wake up her sleeping soul and exchange garlands. The wand of silver stands for laughter and the golden one for tears …
The Crown
By
Price: $3.12 USD. Words: 7,750. Language: American English. Published: June 13, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Plays » Medieval
This play situated in 16th century royal Tripura presents a simple story of war, fraternal love, fratricide, cunning and bravery. It demonstrates that the brave die only once and that the traitor is essentially insane. Another of Tagore's masterpieces …
Missing My Bejeweled
By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,070. Language: American English. Published: June 6, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
In 1961, Satyajit Ray who would go on to win an Academy award for his lifetime's contribution to cinema decades later, directed the movie Teen Kanya. It was really a bundle of three shorts one of them being Monihara. When Teen Kanya was released internationally, Monihara was left out and there were only two shorts. This is an English translation of Tagore's Monihara which Ray had adapted …
Haimanti: Of Autumn
By
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,150. Language: American English. Published: May 29, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
The bride is past marriageable age. She is 17. But her prospective father-in-law identifies some merit in proceeding with the marriage and it happens. When some rumours are contradicted things change. Dewdrops are reminiscent of both laughter and tears. What will it be for Haimanti? Read yet another of Tagore's stunningly unbiased and beautiful short stories penned in an age of conservatism …
One Night
By
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: American English. Published: May 7, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(3.50)
The second master of the village school stands on the shores of diluvium with his childhood sweetheart by his side. Her husband is away on business and any moment can be their last! How steadfast is the human spirit? Read to find out. This story by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore is free to read and share …
Letters from an Expatriate in Europe
By
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 21,470. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2012 by A. Datta. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Tagore wrote these letters nearly three decades before becoming the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. They give an in-depth view of Victorian England through the eyes of an Indian and a Bengali. The author drew flak from his own critics for his dissections of the Anglo-Bengali and English psyches. His words are as relevant and enjoyable now as they were then …

Books

Catch Up With Your Kid in Middle School Math in a Day
By
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 21,460. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Mathematics
This book is for you if you would like to be involved in your school-going kid's math education and need to get your own basics right, or if you decided to extend your education, may be involving some computer programming, or statistics and want to be up to speed in junior high school math before taking the next step. This is not on teaching techniques.
Bashanter Deshey Adrishha Parbat, Jhil
By
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: Bengali. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00)
শৈশবে শুনেছি ঊটি নাকি চিরবসন্তের দেশ। কিন্তু বড় হয়ে জানলাম শীতে উটিতে জল জমে বরফ হয়ে যায়! তবে ঊটাকামন্ড্ থেকে কিছু দূরে একটা এমন জায়গা আছে যেখানে বসন্ত চিরবিরাজমান। তার নাম ইয়েরকাড। সেই ইয়েরকাড ভ্রমণেরই কাহিনী পেশ করলাম …
Does God Exist?
By
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: American English. Published: June 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Nature
Who is God? Most of the religions have completely different answers. But can you stand the truth if you were to hear it? Is suffering real or is it all an illusion that will one day go away? Is prayer good or pernicious? Is it okay to tell a dying human that they have sinned? Is fairness even possible? Can unfairness last? Explore the answers …
Spacetime Mysteries: The Past and The Outside
By
Price: $1.77 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: American English. Published: May 7, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Cosmos
(5.00)
Did time have a beginning? Will it end? Does space end? Do children and the aged perceive time's efflux alike? What does measuring time have to do with motion? While we struggle to come to terms with space and time shall we end up adding to the list of questions with extraordinary truth values? Several of these questions we can answer. An illustrated essay that is short, philosophical and funny …
Keyword Filter Testing Manual
By
Price: Free! Words: 1,980. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Security
Ironically, the standard way to test web content filters is to to attempt to visit the very websites one desires to block. This ebook will show you an alternative method of checking your keyword filter …
Vanishing Peak, Eternal Spring in Inexpensive Rainbow Country
By
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 5,390. Language: American English. Published: November 4, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
(5.00)
"I first read about Yercaud in a secondhand Lonely Planet book which I purchased from an equally old shop on Freeschool Street. The info was limited but from what I found and being an Indian, I was quite surprised that I hadn't heard about such a wonderful place earlier and made up my mind to visit it. Yercaud greeted us with open arms & turned out to be the most beautiful place I'd ever seen!"
Cat Care: Caring for Furry Mouse-traps A.k.a. House Cats
By
Price: $3.80 USD. Words: 5,680. Language: American English. Published: October 13, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
(5.00)
A must-read for cat owners, this delightfully illustrated book tells you how to care for these furry creatures. The author has had the experience bringing up dozens of house cats. Things learned empirically, what the vet specified and also the result of plenty of reading. Even if you don't own one this ebook will interest and amuse you with insights into the behavior of domestic cats …

A. Datta’s tag cloud


A. Datta's favorite authors on Smashwords