Saturday, July 20, 2013

Read-long Kick-off: Left From Dhakeshwari by Kunal Sen

Hello! We are back again with another Read-along along with some of our fellow Indian book bloggers. 
This time, we'll be buddy reading Left From Dhakeshwari by author Kunal Sen
Our fellow hosts for this interesting read-along are- 

Ankita @ Booklok Coffee (Twitter- @Ankita 0112)
Fahima @ I Read, Ergo I Write (Twitter- @ireadergoiwrite)

Our read-along stops and schedule can be found in the fab banner below made by Ankita! 

As always, our convenient and simple schedule allows you to join us whenever you feel like it during the course of the read-along. 



Goodreads Summary:

 'Left from Dhakeshwari' is a collection of nine interconnected stories dealing with lust and loneliness, death and obsession, memories and madness.

In the first 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; the only clues available in the existential whodunit being: a soap-box, a brown shoe and the statements of five witnesses; while the heartrending 'Salt Lake' recounts an unusual affair between a disfigured girl and a mime-artist with scars of his own. 

The other characters in this collection include a runaway teenage-girl, an agoraphobic writer, a masochistic cosmetic surgeon, a ghostess, identical twins and a manic-depressive housewife. And they are all in search, of a time and place they can call their own. That is perhaps why the title itself, denotes both a time and a place: a point of departure and the forbearer of journeys. 

In his first solo book, Kunal Sen infuses his women with souls of poetesses and a seductive melancholy and arms his men with child-like, romantic sadism. 'Left from Dhakeshwari' is written in a style that straddles between the tragic-dramatic and mildly surrealistic, but remains in the end a book about some remarkably original people and their depths and failings.

Nimi has made the book sound very promising to us and we look forward to reading it. We hope to see you at the read-along. Happy reading! 

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