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It is, in a way, diﬃcult to write about a book that is, in essence, a compilation of various short stories that were written across the span of two decades. An accident in
a swimming pool, a Town that holds a celebration of human speech, a date with the heroes and villains of human history far up in the heaven, a nerve-wracking examination hall, a life that could have been, the land of Sun-worshippers and Moon-landers, a hopeful job-interview, the pursuit of happiness ,an encounter with God’s own accountant. Life-changing words ﬂowing away from lost wet pages in the rain. It makes it more challenging that each and every story diﬀers so vastly from the other - in terms of whether it be the scale, the settings or the tone. So when people ponder what ‘Floating Towel’ is really about, I ﬁnd it imperative to say that it is about life itself. To be more precise, a middle-class person’s intensely personal view of life. Life as it is and life as it should be. One such common thread across some of the stories can be found in the character of Budhu. According to the author, the character is nothing more but an archetype. An epitome of normalcy - a person so deeply rooted in the attitudes, customs and feelings of a native Bengali middle-class man that it could essentially be an alter-ego of any Indian Joe. And it is through these stories, through these characters that the author has woven his thoughts into the fabric of these stories. Thoughts about the meaning of life, the value of family and relationships, disenchantment, violence and greed, the changing times and abject senselessness of fanaticism. These dozen short-stories are a kaleidoscope to life as we know it, one that crosses across generations and through the turn of the century that the reader across all ages would enjoy it as much as the author has while writing it.
The author was born one and a half-decade after colonial Britishers left South Asia leaving behind a diverse society in great turmoil and a once-prosperous global-prided economy in tatters. He grew up in a large middle-class Bengali joint- family at Kolkata whose ancestral routes would take readers to a village in Phoridpur and Lahiri Jamindari in Pabna(now both in Bangladesh), and to the town of Berhampore in Murshidabad (India) - not far off from where the Nawab of Bengal once ruled Bangla . Graduated from St.Xavier’s College at Kolkata, later qualified from premier finance institute of CA and Cost and later served various organisations in various capacities including as auditor. Since teenage days has written innumerable short stories, essays and poems in English and Bengali and a few of them were published in various online and offline mags like Muse India, Pubali, Jellybean Junction et Cetra. The author’s maiden short story collection s titled “Floating Towel” has already been published and acclaimed by readers. His second book on short stories and an anthology of poems will reach the readers soon.