The Book Tour
Follow the characters of The Autograph Seeker as they take you around the 'whispering landmarks' of Calcutta, now Kolkata in the theatre of your imagination.
Pathure Girja-Stone Church
One evening he reached ‘Pathure Girja’ before her and finding the church empty sat down, closed his eyes as if praying. When he opened his eyes, he found Alice sharing the same pew but looking at him directly. He had been right all along as to the colour of her eyes. They were a dreamy blue. Unprepared for what had just happened, Lawrence began to cough uncontrollably, making Alice laugh a little. When Lawrance got hold of himself Alice spoke.
‘Is it just my imagination, sir, or have you been following me?’
Have you been staring at me while I had my eyes closed?
Now why would I do that? I signed getting up.
This place is known for stalkers.
Alright, I’ll mention it in my research, St.John’s Church, home for stalkers.
You can also mention that if you walk into the church compound, you will find the mausoleum of Job Charnock.
And that was the reason my friend had got me to the St.John’s church.
Lips parched, skin bluish-grey and eyes glowing with fever, DeRozario imagined himself to be at Hindu College. DeRozario began whispering lines from The Poet’s Grave, one of his own compositions.
DeRozario breathed his last before he could finish the last line. With tears warming his cheeks, Addy completed it for him.
‘There never pilgrim at his shrine shall bend
But holy stars alone their nightly vigil keep.’