Professor Amlan engages with the Chronicler


Amlan Bhattacharya is feeling chill with Author Shakti Ghosal.

Professor Amlan Bhattacharya @ Aravali Bangalore writes:

Reading The Chronicler of the Hooghly …authored by my ex-boss Shakti Ghosal Sir (IIM Bangalore). Also, I feel obliged because Sir has agreed to teach at Aravali Bangalore as a guest faculty. What more would I wish for? Please read, and enjoy it. Available Worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select Book Stores in both paperback as well as in kindle versions.

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The Chronicler of the Hooghly on FM


The Chronicler of the Hooghly gets featured LIVE on Radio Zindagee 90.8 FM Channel. For me, interacting with the awesome RJ NAVNEET GAIROLA was a wonderful experience.

“किताबें बोलती हैं” Episode 9 hosted by the awesome RJ Navneet Gairola featuring Shakti Ghosal aired on March 17 ,2021 at 1 PM on Radio Zindagee 90.8FMListen to know about the author’s debut book The Chronicler of the Hooghly, why he got into writing and so much more…

Four stories. Five crucible experiences.The Chronicler of the Hooghly by Author Shakti GhosalGrab a copy now.

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About the book.

Four stories. Five crucible experiences.

As Samir embarks on a sunset cruise on the Hooghly, he meets the enigmatic Chronicler who takes him on a two and a half centuries journey surrounding the curse of a fabled pearl necklace, as mentioned by his dying mother.

Spanning between the pandemics of 1919 and 2020, Dipen and Indranil are confronted by tragedies under vastly different societal conditioning and development.

As the capital of the British Raj shifts to Delhi in 1912, Junior Clerk Sujit with wife Bina is forced to migrate. Shanti, born of a forceps delivery gone horribly wrong, comes into their lives.

Suffering severe injuries from a gas explosion, Anjan meets Savio who brings him face to face with the private demons from his past. But past demons do have a way to come into one’s present with life changing consequences. Who is Savio?

About the author

Shakti Ghosal is a new author of fiction on the block. He currently resides with his wife Sanchita in the city of Kolkata in India. Together, they are the proud parents of two lovely daughters. Passionate about exploring new places and cultures, Shakti has been a globetrotter.

Shakti uses a wide angle narrative style in his writings into which he brings his rich global perspective and life experiences. He loves to explore relationships within emergent situations.

An engineer and MBA (Faculty Gold Medal 1984) from IIM Bangalore, Shakti has lived close to four decades of corporate life in India and abroad. A professional certified Coach, Mentor and Trainer, Shakti runs Leadership Workshop cum coaching programs for organisations as part of his commitment to develop and upgrade Leadership Incubation globally. He is a visiting professor at IIM Udaipur, IIM Kashipur and IIM Nagpur.

To know more about the author visithttps://www.shaktighosal.com/

Rain N’ Books bestows a perfect rating to The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories.


Rain N’ Books is where it is always raining books!

Rain N’Books has taken out a special feature on ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ and has rated it 5 out of 5!

https://rainnbooks.com/

As a rookie author, I find this so, so humbling

Rain N’Books writes :

‘The Chronicler of The Hooghly and the other stories is a collection of short stories that takes the reader thru a whole gamut of emotions from joy to nostalgia to sorrow. The themes that are conveyed thru each story are varied and are such that make one pause and think. The Chronicles of Hooghly and other stories is a genre-bending novel with plots ranging from historical to fantasy and also the current pandemic giving a glimpse of life thru its characters taking us on a journey to Kolkata, Delhi, and also a part of Muscat that feels so sublime and peaceful.’

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It takes greater strength…..


From Jaya’s diary dated six months later

On 20th August my home left me.

Today I leave my home.

 I have spoken to Anjan.

The Chronicler Tales…….

Adjudged Book of the Month by Booknerds, ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is now available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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Fault Lines Curtain Raiser video


The Chronicler Tales….

Come embark on a journey through Time and Transformation.

Suffering severe injuries from a gas explosion, Anjan meets Savio who brings him face to face with the private demons from his past. But past demons do have a way to come into one’s present with life changing consequences. Who is Savio?

The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories is now available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select book stores.

Shall we continue on the tale we have embarked on today?


The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is scheduled to release this month (February 21). For updates, do visit

https://www.shaktighosal.com/

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An exposition from the Bhagvad Gita


“You know Elokeshi, as I sat near the funeral pyre, watching my father’s mortal remains turn into ashes which were being blown by the wind, it seemed to me that my father’s soul was being released for its heavenward journey”, observed Dipen.

Elokeshi was looking at Dipen steadfastly, and then said softly, “In Bhagavad Geeta, Shree Krishna says:

Vasansi jir nani yattha vihaya

Navani grih nati maro parani

Tatha Sharirani vihaya jir nanya

Nyani sanyati navani dehi

Just like we do not change even when we replace our old garments with new, so does the soul remain unchanged as it discards its worn-out body and takes birth in a new one”.

As he listened to the erudition of Elokeshi through her recital of the verses from Geeta, something inside Dipen shifted and tears started coursing out of his eyes. Gently, Elokeshi put his head on her shoulder as she caressed his hair.

Snippet: In Hinduism it is believed that as the soul reincarnates in a new body in a new life, one’s thoughts and actions in the previous life, either good or bad, impact one’s destiny and fate. This is the concept of Karma.

The above is an excerpt from the story Pandemic, part of my forthcoming book ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ which is scheduled to release this month (February ’21). For updates, do visit

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The Chronicler Tales……


‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is scheduled to release in February ‘21.

For updates, do visit

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Announcement of 2020 year end ‘dhamaka’ challenge winners!


I am delighted to announce the winners of the Year-End Dhamka 2020 challenge which concluded on the 15th of this month.

.Congratulations to the winners! I give below the winning entries.

Ø Sushma George‘Sorrow and Hope’

Ø Love Misra‘Kalponamoyee Bangla Paribartita’. The English translation of the entry would be: Bengal Changes conceived in imagination.

Ø Anita Nair – ‘The goddess Ganga weeps; from her tears a great river forms and waters the parched land

All the winners are being intimated separately.

‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is scheduled to release in February ‘21. For updates, do visit

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A spear came whizzing out of the trees………


A spear came whizzing out of the trees and pierced the ground barely ten feet from the palanquin. The shaft vibrated giving out an ominous hum. Almost in unison the tree branches and leaves started to rustle all around. It sounded like an army getting ready to strike.

“Alert! Hold!”, ordered the captain to his men as the guards immediately formed a protective circle and cocked their guns. They peered into the trees to try and spot the hidden enemy, knowing that hidden eyes were watching their every move.

The palanquin curtain drew open and out stepped Rani Rashmoni………..

Rani Rashmoni (1793—1861) was the founder of the Dakshineswar Kali TempleKolkata. A Low caste Hindu by birth but exceptionally beautiful, she was married to Babu Rajachandra Das (Marh) of JanbazarKolkata, a member of a wealthy zamindar family, when she was eleven years old. After her husband’s death she took charge of the zamindari and finances.

Rani Rashmoni features in the story ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’, part of my forthcoming book of the same name. Should you wish to receive exclusive previews and free copy of the book, do write to me @ author.esgee@gmail.com.

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