A very warm welcome to all of you to the Read Along and Discussion session of the book "Left From Dhakeshwari' by Kunal Sen. When I read the first few pages of this book I was sure I had in my hands a masterpiece and the author will surely one day reach the pinnacle of success in literature world wide.
With the hope of letting more people know about this book, to make sure it reaches the audience it deserves and The Readers Cosmos's aim to propagate quality Indian literature, I approached Sarika & Janhvi (The Readdicts) & Ankita Singhal. They were kind to show interest and invest their precious time for a Read Along of this book. Fahima M. a very active blogger and reader followed our tweets and I am very glad she too joined.
The author Kunal Sen has been kind to send everyone a copy for the same. Of course I have read this book before, my review is here http://thereaderscosmos.blogspot.in/2012/10/left-from-dhakeshwari-by-kunal-sen.html and he is one of the few authors I interviewed (I am very choosy about that), which is here http://thereaderscosmos.blogspot.in/2013/01/q.html. However, there is nothing more fun than to have a Read Along with the best bloggers and reviewers I know. Thank you all and Kunal for making it possible and here we begin....
This amazing poster by Ankita shows the schedule of the Read Along.
About the book:
Left from Dhakeshwari is a collection of interconnected short stories set in the Bengali milieu that deal with the themes of memories and homelessness.
In the story We Were Writers, we meet a Bengali film actress, who after her brother’s suicide, returns to her small hometown and reflects upon the life she left behind; in Bomb Church, Aniruddha tries to piece together his mother’s identity after her mysterious departure, with the only clues available in the existential whodunit being: a soap-box, a brown shoe and the statements of five witnesses; Salt Lake recounts the unusual love story of a disfigured girl; in Alexandra’s Stalker, a man obsesses over a woman for decades.
With an underlying tone of seductive melancholy, the book brings to life some tragic people and tells the tales of their failings and depths.
About The Author
Kunal Sen (b. 1984) is an Indian writer in the English language. His first book, Left from Dhakeshwari, a collection of short stories, was published in 2012. His poetry has appeared in the anthology Ah! Poetry.
Kunal Sen’s forty-minute short, Cranberry Sauce, was screened by Entertainment Society of Goa at IFFI (International Film Festival of India) 2009 where it won the national nomination for best short film.
He lives in Goa and is working on his second book.
At the time of writing, Left from Dhakeshwari is in the running for the Economist Crossword Book Award, 2013.
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