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Friday, July 28, 2006

SOS from India

Abhijit Dasgupta, 45, has been in English print media journalism for 24 years now, six of them as Editor.

He was the launch editor of Calcutta Times, the city-centric supplement of the Times of India, with a nationwide circulation of 250,000 daily, before deciding to embark on this novel. Abhijit’s first e-book was published at www.TodayBooks.com by a Canadian publisher, Medalion Enterprises, and it is called Troy's Boys: Is India Wilting Under Western Pressure? It is a short 10,000-word analysis and would be of interest to India lovers. Abhijit has also written for the London-based magazine, OneUp and contributed short stories for many websites.

Abhijit has earlier worked with papers like The Telegraph, The Indian Express, The Financial Express, The Pioneer, The Sunday Observer and finally, the Times of India.

At the moment he is looking to find an agent for his new book - 'Three: The Destruction'. If you are an agent or know of one that deals with Indian writers, please contact Mr. Gupta at the contact address given at the end of this post. Thank you in advance.

THE SYNOPSIS

THREE: THE DESTRUCTION

A two-in-one debut novel by Indian author-journalist Abhijit Dasgupta. The two stories combine to make up around 100,000 words.

In a dark Calcutta of the late 19th century, ruled with a populist wand by the Viceroy, Lord Dufferin, the upper-class Bengali gentry struts their erudition while, at the other end of the spectrum, fellow hedonists indulge in obscene nocturnal practices to the mortification of their British rulers.

In the first of the two stories, Anandamoyee, young protagonist widow of the household Sen, a family of respected newspaper editors working in the still extant Creek Row Press, shocks with her drunken behaviour as much as with the proof of many whispered rumours of her inappropriate relationship with her brother-in-law, a controversial, militantly anti-British editor.

The story is fiction placed within historical reality: where the legendary reformer Vidyasagar fights against the criminal tradition of widow-burning (suttee) and for widow remarriage, and where giants mingle with midgets as helpless onlookers to an unfolding, unstoppable, black tragedy.

In the second story, The Inheritors, which moves in the world of 21st century Calcutta journalism, history seems to repeat itself with bloodline passing down mirror-images of a tragedy which happened a century and quarter back. Only time seems to have passed as tragedy strikes one after the other, with uncanny familiarity, as two women, almost like the Anandamoyee of yore, take it in their hands to devastate the man of their lives.

Abhijit strings together the two stories as one epic journey through common gadgets like a tattered, lost-and-found journal, a tragedy repeated in the same family, straddling more than a century, while he handles, with equal felicity, the devastation of two journalist-men brought about by intriguing tragical character flaws in three women who destroy their loves at the altar of addiction, ambition and ailment.

The two dark stories together make one, an epic genre not explored with such powerful and lyrical effect ever before. THREE is a must-read for those interested in realtime British India and also provides a peek into modern-day Indian journalism. It’s an enriching and amazing experience for readers whose picks are black tragedy and magical realism.


Details and other works of Abhijit can be found at Abhijit7 and mail can be directed to abdasgupta1@gmail.com

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