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Synopsis of Tapur Tupur

Tapur Tupur - A Monsoon Interlude” is an one act play in Bengali written by the renowned dramatist Manoj Mitra. The words "Tapur Tupur", literally taken, represent the pitter-patter of the monsoon rains of Bengal. It is a bothersome time of incessant rainfall, flooded streets and overpowering humidity. But it is also a time, long eulogized by poets, for romance.

The play is set on a torpid afternoon in a rundown restaurant at Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). The proprietor Beni and his help Ganesh are fast asleep. Marali, a spirited village girl enters through the open doors seeking respite from the rains. She has come to visit the big city with her husband of twenty one days and is now playing a mischievous game of hide-and-seek with him.

Marali proceeds to wake up the disgruntled Beni and Ganesh asking permission to stay for a while and dry herself. The two men are annoyed at having to give up their treasured siesta and ask her to leave. She is indignant at their inhospitality and a lively exchange ensues. At this juncture, Marali’s husband Keshtodulal, who had been searching for her in the streets for some time, enters the scene.

In order to pacify the now enraged Beni, Keshtodulal tries to persuade Marali to leave the restaurant but, she refuses to do so without first having a cup of tea. Beni tries to scare them off by threatening to call the police but the couple are not shaken. Beni then withdraws to strike a plan that would rid his shop of the unwelcome guests. He can sense their poverty. Keshtodulal and Marali, in their naivety, sense victory. But they are apprehensive as well.

Beni’s demeanor changes as he lays the trap. Marali wades straight in, not heeding her husband’s warnings. What happens next? How does Marali succeed in keeping the family honour intact? Fast paced and full of witty exchanges, the short play Tapur Tupur touches the heart with its simplicity and its subtle sense of romance.

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