Dr.Viraj P. Thacker, currently based in the US, is the famed Author of ‘The Myth of Prosperity: Globalization and the South’. He is also the Academic Facilitator, Development Consultant and the International Executive Director of Manushi for Sustainable Development.

After reading the ‘Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories, he sent me his thoughts, which I have copied below. Arguably, this is one of the most wonderful acknowledgments that the Chronicler has garnered.

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My Humble reflections on the ‘Chronicler of the Hooghly’:

To use a living metaphor, the legendary structure that spans the Hooghly in Calcutta ingeniously personifies the very title of a deeply reflective & flowing read…touching stories of life & circumstance that bridge the history of British Calcutta & Delhi…a reflective re-capture of the social-historical-cultural fabric of India.

To be quite honest, the gently flowing chapters brilliantly managed to evoke a deep sense of my own family history of some 6 generations, in the erstwhile Second City of the Empire…later, the City of Joy!

What truly grips the reader In this wonderful complexity of ‘a touch of the old Raj’ and the deep humanity of the pages that captivate, is the ‘pandemic’ that translates well to our current global dilemma. In fact, the author brilliantly credits the composition of the book to time well spent in lockdown!

The Chronicler of the Hooghly truly resonated with this reader on many counts & in a most heartwarming fashion, left me with a sense of hope-faith in the human experience.

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The tale of the fabled pearl necklace


Anasuya Chakraborty, teacher by passion and founder of Aim High, Kolkata looks forward to a chat with the Chronicler.

Adjudged Book of the Month( March ’21), the Chronicler of the Hooghly is available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select book stores.

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The Millennials


Looking at the involvement with the book, ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ , one notices the creativity and the interest of the millennials.

My earlier sense that the book, dealing with life’s crucible experiences, would gain traction with a more mature and elderly readership , seems to be incorrect. Somewhere in this ‘making sense’ for myself, my error of judgment seemed to have been to equate maturity with age.

Not only did the millennials participate in the ‘Chronicler of the Hooghly’ monthly contests and win, they also are forming a large part of the book readership.

Kanika Sud, winner of the ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly’ contest and her entry.

Sutanwi Ghosh , a millennial professional from Kolkata eager to checkout on the Chronicler!

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Two authors and the Chronicler


Subir Adhicary , best selling author of Beyond my Blinkers’ & ”The Forest Fire and other stories’ with the Chronicler in Delhi.

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

Adjudged ‘Book of the Month’ for March 2021 by Booknerds, the forum Rain N’ Books has given the book a perfect score in its review.

https://rainnbooks.com/2021/03/17/the-chronicler-of-the-hooghly-and-other-stories-bookreview-shortstories-historical-fiction-esgeemusings/

The book has already got more than a hundred excellent ratings and reviews on Amazon worldwide. Amazon India link for the book is here

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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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Sanskrit shlokas and the art of creating an eclectic tapestry


I am happy to feature this author interview done recently by Book Nerds. What I had found particularly interesting about this interview was the incisiveness of the questions asked. Each of the questions made me think about a new facet of the book.

Book Nerds has written the following : “Debut author Shakti Ghosal speaks about his debut book The Chronicler of the Hooghly ,writing the book during pandemic times ,challenges of the short story format, the rich heritage of Kolkata and so much more……..”

https://www.booknerds.in/features/author-interview-the-chronicler-of-the-hooghly-shakti-ghosal.html?fbclid=IwAR1bgTaUQgWke2s-eEdC6sb1hHgzRhIQtjaNCmL-0zM39PhTfdP-U53apUM

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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