The Chronicler of our times

Dr. Avik Basu , MBBS, MD (Cal), humbly calls himself a General Physician. But he is also an Intensivist, Psychologist, Academician, Medical Researcher, Author……the list goes on.

But above all, he is today a frontline COVID warrior having treated more than a hundred COVID patients in the last few weeks alone.

In a recent Social Media post, Dr. Avik Basu writes,

“FEAR…SUFFER…DEATH…these are the 3 words, the only 3 words, that should bombard the minds of every single person of this city. Of this country. There are experts who are asking people not to panic. But I will speak the contrary. YES, YOU NEED TO PANIC. YES, YOU SHOULD PANIC. YES, YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF DEATH. YES, YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF LOSING YOUR LOVED ONES. Probably it’s only this fear that can drive out the madness of enjoying blatantly from the minds of this lunatic species which has long forsaken the realm of logical reasoning. I am no COVID expert; not a COVID-ologist. I am not invited on national television to give a speech on COVID awareness. I don’t sit and explain the principles of ‘Hit and Dance’ hypothesis in news channels. I am a general physician, just a general physician, who are habitually regarded as the ‘doctors of cough and diarrhoea’. But I do take the privilege to state that I have seen almost 100 COVID positive patients in the last couple of weeks. And I’ve treated them……

I visited the Flemming Hospital yesterday to see one of my patients admitted. I witnessed the most dreadful scene of my life till date. Almost all moribund patients. Some gasping, some gone into cardiac arrest, some staring at the ICU staff with apprehensive look fearing an imminent death……

These days even I have started to fear death. Not for myself, but for the family I provide for. When a doctor loses a patient, he weeps in silence. But when a doctor passes away, does anyone shed a drop of tear???”

As Dr. Avik Basu engages with the Chronicler, I remain uncertain who will learn from whom? Who is the true Chronicler of our times?

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The Last war…….

Sambit Daspatnaik is a man of many hues.

An Electronics Engineer and a MBA, Sambit is a Program Manager with Oracle. But this but the tip of his competence profile ‘iceberg’. He is an established author, a talented artist as well as a mentor.

Sambit had been kind enough to write a generous testimonial for my book, ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ when it was under publication. His testimonial is part of the book.

I had the privilege to read his book, ‘The Last War and other stories’ which has just gone into a second edition.  I am delighted to provide my review here.

The Last War and other stories- Review

What would you say would happen if you were to take a dollop of Indian mythology, slices of long forgotten civilisations, a cupful of open-ended creativity and garnishing of science fiction and then mix all of that in a crucible ? What you are apt to get is a superb and rollicking tale called the ‘Last War’. This is what author Sambit Daspatnaik has served as the main fare in his book ‘The Last War and other stories’.

I do not want to give out much about the story and its context as that might spoil the surprise elements  for the reader. Suffice it is to mention that I found the story and the audaciousness of the plot thoroughly enjoyable.

Sambit’s depiction of the Last War, the scale and the wide-angle perspective he uses, brought for me shades of J.R. Tolkien and his Lord of the Rings view of the world, replete with its magic. As Sambit writes in his foreword, the great war of Mahabharat fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas many millennia back, was but a forerunner of a much larger war to come. In the words of the author, “……. everyone was mistaken… it looked like the ancient magic was still around… new lessons were learned…old secrets were unveiled… new allies were made……”

Four other science fiction stories make up the book.

Genesis is all about a spectacular discovery of the ‘sphere’ made thousands of lights years away by a research expedition. But as they say, with every benefit or solution, there is a downside. In the ‘Holy temple of Eula’, an alien civilisation awaits the arrival of a new Messiah who would save them from the perils of a dying world. The story ‘Blink’ employs a wonderful context as it transports the reader into a star trek like space incident complete with a ‘who dunnit’ mystery. The last story, with the wonderfully appropriate title of ‘Resurrection’, transports the reader into the distant future of Mankind with a dying sun.

All in all, Sambit Daspatnaik uses a simple and racy style in his narrative and this, coupled with the excellent and imaginative plots, makes this book a delectable fare and  un-putdownable.

I would go with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 for the ‘Last War and other stories and would recommend it to the reader.

Shakti Ghosal

Author – ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and Other Stories’, Leadership Coach and incubator and Visiting Professor at IIMs.

A Cultural Association in Georgia, US and a Blogger from Orissa

Purbasha is the Indian ( Bengali) Cultural Association of Georgia, US.

I am delighted to mention that they recently showcased an excerpt from ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other Stories’.

Wasim Jawaid , former Senior Manager with Standard Chartered Bank, is a wonderful writer himself. His musings and short stories can be read at :

Wasim Jawaid has this to say about the Chronicler of the Hooghly: “An enjoyable and entertaining read! It is a mix of both old world nostalgia and the new 21st century”

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Lucid narration and portrayal of tragedies of life

Vidushi Nautiyal of the BookNerds Team, in her book review on Amazon, has this to say in her concluding remarks,

” Ghosal’s lucid narration and portrayal of tragedies of life through varied characters ranging from the humble, the corrupt, and theextraordinary are remarkable and didactic.

The use of slokas adds philosophical insights, and the flashbacks of events make the plot enthralling and engaging.”

I am delighted to see that she has given the book a 5 Star rating.

Booknerds Team Amazon Review can be read on the link below

The Chronicler of the Hooghly by Shakti Ghosal “A beautiful amalgamation of the past and the present.”Read the complete review and grab a copy now👇

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Why not you?

IIT Kanpur graduate Aroop Roy, Ex General Manager @ Saud Bahwan Group, Oman & UAE, has this to say about the Chronicler.” Very well researched stories. Takes you back in time and you can simulate in your mind what actually happened and evolved. The previous Pandemic a century ago, a fire incident decade ago, British Raj story…..all are well described”

The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

Adjudged ‘Book of the Month’ for March 2021 by Booknerds, The book has already got more than a hundred excellent ratings and reviews on Amazon worldwide.