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moment permit anyone to indulge in even a flicker of a suspicion that she was anything but altogether ordinary. To return to the essential issue. Methods of social analysis would be perhaps at a loss to explain the particular chemistry of historicity and happenstance which made it possible, in this crude and rude Bengali climate, the phenomenon of an Indrani Roy. No standard measures of dispersion could quite explain her being what she was. Should one say she was a delayed footnote to the Bengal renaissance, something which, more than a century ago, started off a discrete cultural series, quite beyond the pale of statistical laws, and yet, now and then, capable of springing a surprise? Never mind Bengal's being a dying culture, here and there the seeds of creativity roll into one another, they are responsible for certain e]egant outcomes, thereby rubbing in the lesson what a colossal waste all this is, if only the social engineering were somewhat different, if only the Bengali hang-ups were delved into with some sympathy, perhaps the tragedy could have been avoided, perhaps this slice of sky need not then have been hemmed in by so much of sectarian binds, perhaps the grandeur and dignity so specific to Indrani Roy could have been rendered into more easily accessible wares.

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