Nabaneeta Dev Sen is a highly acclaimed writer in Bengali literary circles, with her prolific writing across various genres like poetry, short stories, novels, essays, memoirs, and travelogues. She is also a very popular children’s author. On A Truck Alone, to McMahon is the translation of Dev Sen’s travelogue of her journey from Jorhat in Assam to the McMahon Line at the Indo-Tibetan border. It is a trip that is taken on an impulse, a journey of a restless soul who feels the entire universe is accessible to those who dare to be reckless.
Sometime in October 1977, Sen was invited to Jorhat for The Assam Women’s Literature Conference. She had agreed to attend the conference on the condition that she would be taken to Kaziranga. The author almost misses the conference when she mistakenly boards the flight to Kolkata instead of Jorhat, so engrossed was she in conversation with Dr. Ashutosh Bhattacharya! They ultimately manage to catch their flight, thanks to their co-passengers. The entire episode is described in a light-hearted vein.
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