Do past flavours motivate folks to pick up and read a book? It appears to be the case for these two veteran Railway men.
Pradosh K. Sinha of the Indian Railway Service of Mechanical Engineers, looks forward to a rendezvous with the Chronicler of the Hooghly.
Sushil Luthra is a Railways and Transportation veteran, a logistics and Cold chain expert and currently the Director at Alfresh Supply Management. Sushil wonders if the Chronicler can bring in some fresh perspective during the current times.
Book of the month, creating waves globally with more than a hundred excellent reviews and ratings on Amazon.
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?
Book of the month, more than a hundred international ratings on Amazon.
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.
Chief Engineer Arunabh Pal ,domain expert in Naval architecture and Marine Engineering, has the following to say after his engagement with the Chronicler.
“I have never attempted a book review, but this one is special : The Chronicler of the Hooghly.
“No words”, is the first thought that crosses my mind when I try to praise the book. Spellbound comes close to describing the feeling…but then it is not fair that such a stupendous piece of work from a good friend goes unsung.
I read the book at a leisurely pace, soaking in each crucible experience as the author calls it.
“Ashtami” leaves you gasping. Gasping for more as you suddenly appreciate the myriad emotions of a mother around a not-so-perfect child. One would like to think it happens only to others, but reality is often so different.
It is not difficult to relate to the double tragedies portrayed in “Pandemic” given the numerous human stories of struggle, failure, triumph and deceit unfolding around Covid today. You wonder about the timing of penning this story just as you marvel at the brilliance in creating the character Elokeshi.
“Fault Lines” unleashed a volley of unpleasant memories in me, of being a victim of an industrial explosion many moons back. I consider myself fortunate to have looked death in the eye and return. Anjan’s tryst with his conscience is scarily real. Savio succeeds in unsettling you. Stellar work there!
“The Chronicler Of The Hooghly” does just that: chart a mystical course amidst several (lesser known) historical facts and events and keeps you glued to the narrative even as you anticipate the next turn. It brings up the rear end rather well, resonating with the common theme of weaving history intricately into fiction to create four fascinating tales.
So what would you say is common between a New Zealander and a Corporate honcho?
It is rediscovering a good read!
Tilak Ghoshal is an erudite reader. An engineer by training, he was the Business Head with Unilevers and post-retirement, continues to be an advisor to many MNCs and Indian conglomerates.
Having engaged with the Chronicler and after reading the book, he has the following words to offer:
“History – replete with many lesser-known facts and events – is beautifully woven around delightfully moving stories. As I read through, I had to pause here and there, struck by the true import of the adage ‘truth is often stranger than fiction….. Any time is a good time for such a wonderful read – but more so in the joyless ‘dark age’ mankind now finds itself in….. Wish you many more successes in your future literary endeavours, Shakti!”
I feel truly acknowledged by these words.
While across the seas and at the other end of the world, Dipankar Goswami in Auckland New Zealand, looks forward to a tete a tete with the Chronicler. I am left wondering how that would be.
Adjudged Book of the month ( Mar’21), ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is impacting readers worldwide, as evidenced by Reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Blogs.
Available on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.
As a visiting Professor, I was invited to the Ninth Convocation ceremony of IIM Udaipur yesterday.
While I have attended convocations earlier, this was the first time I was attending one on a virtual platform.
I was pleasantly surprised by how well and seamlessly the ceremony took place with more than 250 participants.
Mrs. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd, as the chief guest, delivered an excellent convocation address on the huge business and start-up opportunities that the current pandemic continues to throw up.
The event reminded be of those immortal lines penned and sung by Bob Dylan, so many years back!
The Times They Are A Changing
Come gather ’round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ And you better start swimmin’ Or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin’