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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Appellate Tribunal member engages with the Chronicler


Rajiv Misra , an IIM Ahmedabad alumni, is the Member Administration at UP Real Estate Appellate Tribunal at Lucknow.

Holding the belief that ‘every dark night is followed by the dawn’ he is now engaging with the crucible experiences in the Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories.

Now available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

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 with Rajiv Misra.

‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ Contest entry by Sushma George


The Contest winning entry by Sushma George, a resident of Bangalore, India

Adjudged Book of the Month ( Mar ’21).

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An Acknowledgement that I treasure


I feel elated to share this kind and generous acknowledgment given by Mr. Vaikunth, Ex Managing Director, Saud Bahwan Group, Oman & UAE, with whom I have had the privilege of working for more than two decades.

“It has been an honour to have known and worked with you, Sir. I have learned so much from you!”

Mr. Vaikunth writes as follows:

I know Shakti Ghosal for many years as we worked together for the same company in Muscat. SG is known for his great knowledge on the business he handled and had the character to speak out his mind. I never knew that he had this other side of a soft story teller. I just finished reading the “Ashtami” the first story in his book “The Chronicle of the Hooghly”. As he has nicely combined the pre and post independence era in this story it looked like a real life story of some one he knew. His style of writing is unique, clean and simple. That’s what I liked about. Congratulations to SG. I will soon read the rest of the book.

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Spanning a century between the pandemics of 1919 and 2020


The Chronicler tales……..

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

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An Interview with CheckerNews.Com journal


I was asked by Atish Home Chowdhury of  the CheckerNews. Com  journal in an interview recently whether Kolkata remains as vibrant as it used to be in terms of  culture, Literature and intellectualism.  

As I started responding to the question, I realised how in my book, ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’, without even consciously realising it, I have actually ended up showcasing what Kolkata ( or Calcutta as it was called earlier) stands for and how and why it has become the way it is. This is yet one more evidence of how sometimes a book or a story ends up writing itself!

The other question which I had found interesting ( and also difficult!) was

to ‘suggest some tips to our young readers who often get tensed and impatient when things don’t go as per their plan.

I invite you to see the interview and responses in the direct link of the journal below:

 http://thecheckernews.com/shakti-ghosal-interview/

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A storm was brewing


A storm was brewing and the choppy Hooghly water was making the boat sway wildly. Suddenly the wind rose like a gale and a strong gust lifted the rear up dangerously. Sarada screamed as she saw her husband lose balance and topple over into the turbulent waters. Two of the boat crew dived into the serpent like water swirls but Deb had vanished out of sight. Pandemonium broke out on the deck, Screams, heavy running, orders being bellowed, anxious eyes peering into the extending darkness. By the time, Deb could be rescued and pulled out of the waters he had almost drowned. The incident shook up everyone in the boat; most of all Sarada Devi.

Snippet: Debendranath Tagore, referred as Deb in the above excerpt was the son on Bengal entrepreneur and industrialist Dwarkanath Tagore. Deb had no interest in his father’s business empire and found his calling in spirituality. As the founder of the Brahmo religion ( known today as Brahmoism), he became famous as a religious reformer and Hindu philosopher in his own right.

Debendranath was the father of Bengali poet and Nobel Laureate Rabnindranath Tagore.

Debendranath Tagore features in the story ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’, part of my forthcoming book of the same name, which is scheduled to release this month (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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Would heaven be something like this?


Anjan and Jaya were sitting on one of the lovely grassy visitor areas on the Muscat beachside. A gentle soothing breeze was blowing. Two boys were jumping with joy as the Chinese lantern released by them floated higher. Few families were huddled around portable barbeque stands and the occasional aroma of the grilled meat was overpowering. Ayan was running around with a frisbee. All three of them in fact had just played an invigorating game of frisbee. Now out of breath Anjan and Jaya had begged Ayan for half an hour’s relief to which he had reluctantly agreed.

“Would heaven be something like this Anjan?” mused Jaya. “If only we could be sitting here for ever and ever”.

“Hmm, yes enjoy it while it lasts”, replied Anjan gazing up at the star filled sky. He lowered his eyes towards the darkness of the sea in front. “Look at those bluish phosphorescent patches on the waves breaking on the shore. Did you know that these patches are created by millions of tiny marine creatures?”

Anjan had almost failed to notice a small huddled figure slowly come out of the foaming waves. The figure seemed to be beckoning to him.

Snippet : The public beach close to Al Khuwair and Qurum is beautifully sandy, clean and a beach goer’s paradise. There is a raised continuous walkway parallel to the sea face. One may sit on wooden bemches or plonk down on the grassy atolls wirh a coffee and snacks and watch a beautiful sunset. It remains a preferred place for Barbeque get togethers with family and friends.

The bluish Bioluminescence in the Arabian sea waters is a fairly recent phenomenon and some attribute it to climate change . This is attributed to a plankton like species nicknamed ‘sea sparkle’.

Muscat beach features in the story, ‘Fault Lines’, part of my forthcoming book ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ which is scheduled to release in February ‘21. For updates, do visit

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