What does a domain expert in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering have to say


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.

Can’t wait for your next one, Author Shakti Ghosal!”

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A Corporate Honcho and a New Zealander.


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.

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An Author writes


Dr. Shweta Sachdeva, Author of The Converging Point, writes thus:

The Chronicler of the Hooghly is a fictional novel with a magically woven plot of four stories through the mind of author oscillating between the past and the present events.

The book creates a fascinating tapestry of faith, relationships, and greed. This is Shakti Ghosal’s first novel, but he has complete control of his story and his style.

Must read!’

Adjudged ‘Book of the Month’ in March 2021, ‘The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories’ is available worldwide on Amazon, Flipkart and select bookstores.

http://www.shaktighosal.com

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Which Pandemic is going to leave a more lasting impact….?


Spanning a century between the pandemics of 1919 and 2020, Dipen and Indranil are confronted by tragedies under vastly different societal conditioning and development. What is their link spanning four generations which arises from an old and dilapidated palace and its massive Shiva linga?

Can the Chronicler with his tale of the Pandemic come up to the expectations of Jayashri Ghosh , an avid reader in Kolkata?

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A Profound way of articulating the tragedies of life


Blogger Archana speaks of my profound way of articulating the tragedies of life.

I believe this articulation comes from seeing it as ‘Life Is’. The way we see situations as good or bad, tragedies or otherwise is really our perspective based on the experience lens we use to look at and make sense of them.

The full blog may be read here.

https://www.booknerds.in/features/ghosal-s-profound-way-of-articulating-the-tragedies-of-life-is-highly-commendable-.html?fbclid=IwAR0JLBdkRlaBg7SuYPb16Mm1_lOIq89xwbHOutcEeiQixih7-h-tQ8vy1CM

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Dr. Viraj P. Thacker muses….


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.

QUOTE

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.

UNQUOTE

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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.

www.shaktighosal.com

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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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