Ashtami and the different child


As the capital of the British Raj shifts to Delhi in 1912, Junior Clerk Sujit with his wife Bina is forced to migrate from Calcutta to distant and dusty Civil Lines in Delhi. Shanti, born of a forceps delivery gone horribly wrong, comes into their lives. A tale of evolving relationships against the backdrop of momentous events in the nation’s history.

Ashtami is the wide-angle story of the life and times of a couple migrating to Delhi from Calcutta.

Ashtami is part of the ‘Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’, now available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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Video trailer of the story Ashtami may be seen here.

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Vishakha Raghav @ Vishing_sky


Reviewer Vishakha Raghav in her Vishing_Sky forum has this to say about the Chronicler of the Hooghly.

The Chronicler of the Hooghly is a historical fiction that is themed out in Kolkata, India. The book is 170+ pages of wonderland.

How did I feel while reading the book?

With every page turn, an emotion inside me unwrapped. Shakti has put his heart out while writing this book. The writing was captivating, “The characters were believable and I cared about them, the plots had a couple of twists and turns due to which I couldn’t put the book down.”

The book is divided into 4 short stories, they are different yet feel so connected deep down. The glimpse of these stories is taken from Shakti’s own experiences in the past with a great blend of fiction in it. I loved the way Shakti has concluded the stories, they left me with goosebumps.

Each story is thought-provoking, I could relate the most to the first two stories which are 1) Ashtami and 2) Pandemic. Ashtami is about a clerk in 1912 who has to move to a new city Delhi with his wife. How was their life in Delhi? In the time of the British Raj, what challenges the couple had to face? The pandemic of 1919 was very similar to the one in 2020 because both left humans with emotions that were so similar! I still can’t decide if Pandemics are impacting us externally or internally.

🚩However some of these are a little complex in composition. One needs to think this book through. Sometimes it forces you to analyze your thoughts and guess what might happen next.

How I changed after reading this book?

🚩People are the most important in our lives. The grief of losing someone can not be understood. I repeat it can not be understood, no matter what. This is what I learned from this book.

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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The art of Curling Up.


And this is what Dr. Amit Chatterjee plans to do.

Dr. Amit Chatterjee, Global Materials lead @ Rolls Royce in Indianapolis, US delves into the Chronicler tales.

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Meenu Annadurai has this to say


Meenu Annadurai, after reading the book, has this to say :

“I fell in love with Kolkata all over again. I’m kind of very fascinated about the modern India and it’s history for a very long time. The way the author had weaved a tremendous stories around these historic events were really amazing. Since I have read my History books quite too many times I was able to pinpoint certain events and was able to make the connection. It was really interesting for me.

I loved the journey this book was able to take me on. The writing style of the author had made it a lot more easier to swift through the pages of the book.

I would recommend this book to people who are very much into history, you will enjoy it. If you are someone who wants to start the habit of reading and want short reads, then you can definitely go ahead with this book.”

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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Readers from all walks of life


Best selling author Ashwin Sanghi sends his good wishes to the Chronicler!

Shashi Bhushan Malik , ex-Director Technical of RITES Ltd. decides to check out what is right about the Chronicler. This is what he says:

“Brilliant writing by Shakti Ghosal. The Chronicler of Hooghly keeps you spellbound as you progress from first to the other stories. The contrast of the devotion of Elokeshi and loneliness of Neha in pandemics of different periods, the selfishness of Anjan in Fault Lines and the marvelous mix of History and the curse of the Mukto Mala in the title story kept me glued to the book. The description of Delhi and Calcutta of the previous centuries especially the history connected with ghats, major characters of East India Company, and Bengal of 18th and 19th century has been suitably intertwined with the stories.A good read recommended for all generations.”

Upwardly mobile professional Indira Shukla looks forward to an engagement with the Chronicler.

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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A Video Review


I am delighted to showcase this Video book review of ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’.In our lives, we at times get confronted with intense and traumatic events which force us to question who we are, what really matters to us and what we believe in.

In some ways these events alter our sense of reality.Each of the four stories in this book draws inspiration from such crucible events that I have had to face. The protagonists in that sense carry a bit of my own ‘experience and thought’ genes. As I see them now within the larger fabric of the stories, I do notice shades of myself and others who have been part of my life. Writing the stories has been a personal journey in that sense. At times the stories seemed to write themselves.

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores

The Video Review is here.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=745812132993487

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How does a sunset cruise surround the tale of a fabled curse necklace?


Samir, trying to cope with two life changing tragedies, takes a sunset cruise on the Hooghly to ‘get away from it all’. He is intrigued by an enigmatic figure who introduces himself as the Chronicler and asks, “Would you like to hear a tale about all that we are witness to today?”

As the boat journeys up the Hooghly, the chronicler takes Samir on a journey spanning more than two and a half centuries of events witnessed by the river.

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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Makes History come alive again


The Chronicler of the Hooghly was recently reviewed by the forum ‘Deepan’s Bookshelf.

In it, Deepan Maitra writes:”……Through author Shakti Ghosal’s stories, I was able to travel once again to the history of this city, thriving and flourishing in new colours while still preserving the vintage hues of the age gone by.

‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ is a book that has deftly stayed away from the sparks of bewilderment or the colourful drama of intentional complexities. Different from putting forward a gaudy show of bright hues, the writing style preserves the beauty of simple colours, that interlink the heritage with commonality. The colours are a bit subdued and faded, but they carry lineage and ancestry.

The book houses stories that attempt to bridge the gap between today and yesterday. There remains always a linkage to the past, which makes the constructs in the book fascinating and lively. This kind of bridging not only serves as a vehicle to bring forth the contrast between the ages spoken about but also makes us wonder how several nuances remain just the same time after time…….”

The full review may be read here: https://deepansbookshelf.wordpress.com/…/makes-history…/

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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What is common between a renowned physician in the US and a Biotechnology student in Vellore?


The common thread is the Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories.

Dr. Tapas Dasgupta, renowned physician from Indiana, US looks forward to a quiet evening with the Chronicler.

Harikrishnan, a BTech student majoring in BioTechnology in Vellore, Tamil Nadu looks forward to meet the Chronicler. Harikrishnan is an avid reader.

Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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A Reader in Massachusetts and a Contest winner in Bangalore


Debangshu K Gangopadhyay from Massachusetts says ‘Hi’ to the Chronicler.

The Chronicler of the Hooghly has been getting excellent ratings on Amazon US.

Back in Bangalore, Anita Nair exults at winning the ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ contest.

Adjudged Book of the Month ( Mar ’21). Available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and Select Book stores.

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