“Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking from a long coma. Time, you discover, has wrought changes that leave you feeling mildly foolish and out of touch.”– Bill Bryson
As an NRI, I feel nostalgia every time I come across any kind of news related to my homeland. I’ve been away from my native city for many years and nothing beats the joy of coming across stories of the city where I was born and raised. I believe that stories about one’s native, whether fictional or nonfictional, always bring out the best in a writer. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed reading The Chronicler of the Hooghly and Other Stories. You see, the author belongs to Kolkata and almost all the stories in this book are based in this charming city.
After reading the book, my curious mind wanted to know what inspired these stories. The author, Shakti Ghosal is as kind-hearted as one can expect from the creator of such wonderful tales. When I invited him to be a part of the #AuthorCollaborative, he didn’t think twice before saying yes.
As is the norm, he read my book Love (Try) Angle and his raving review on it made me gloat about my creation for days on end.
Today, after almost two months of that first interaction, we were finally able to have a long chat with each other
We talked about many things, right from our books to our love for our native lands.
The session was informative and knowledgeable. To end it on a light note, we did the rapid fire round of questions with each other.
You can have a look/see at our full conversation in the video below:
Books discussed in the session:
Thank you for reading.