It was around 1961. Peejush Prasanna Banerjee [1920-2008], widely known as P.P. Banerjee among his colleagues, became much more interested in understanding the spirituality and spiritual experiences. Though I don’t claim it to be true, this is based on my personal impressions. If I remember correctly, his frequency of visiting College Street area significantly increased around 1974-75. He could successfully identify some bookstores those used to keep books on religion and spirituality in the display. I used to see a newspaper folded book-packet on the first day of the month. I could sense that his College Street visit became almost a routine on every salary-day. As a result, a pile of books got gradually grew to a significant number. Now, this has become a prize collection from a number of perspectives. Also, after all these years there has been a significant decrease in interest in this area of studies. I assume many of these books have gone out of print.
Book digitization is understood today as a highly efficient method for preservation, archiving and distribution. So, I decided to digitize the books and upload them. I thought this is a good way to get these books getting used. We shall make available some non-copyright books. In addition to this, a detailed book catalog will be available.
Indranil Bhowmik did all the digitization work. It was done in our roof-top room. We used a simple book stand. My wife found the book-stand at Shree Chamundeshwary Temple premises at the Chamunda Hill around 13 km away from Mysore. We used a table lamp with 40-watt bulb, a piece of glass, a Canon SX 510 HS camera and a few software. My wife Rakhi offered the camera for this project.
I hope this will someday prove to be a wise exercise.
Kolkata, January 13, 2018
The P.P. Banerjee Book Collection