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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08X7M93DL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Half Baked Beans (14 February 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ India
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Shakti currently resides with his wife Sanchita in the city of Kolkata in India. Together, they are the proud parents of two lovely daughters. Passionate about exploring new places and cultures, Shakti has been a globetrotter. He remains elated by the thought that on this globe, his remains a unique name. Or so Google thinks. You can check this out by typing “Shakti Ghosal”. No, Seriously try it!

Shakti uses a wide angle narrative style in his writings into which he brings his rich global perspective and life experiences. He loves to explore relationships within emergent situations.

An engineer and a MBA (Faculty Gold Medal 1984) from IIM Bangalore, Shakti has lived close to four decades of corporate life in India and abroad. A professional certified Coach, Mentor and Trainer, Shakti runs Leadership Workshop cum coaching programs for organisations as part of his commitment to develop and upgrade Leadership Incubation globally. He is a visiting professor at IIM Udaipur, IIM Kashipur and IIM Nagpur. www.linkedin.com/in/Shaktighosal, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMg92VMo3_Cw8k-cu1rYWwg

Shakti has been blogging for close to a decade ( about 800 followers, 39,000 hits from all over the globe) on Leadership incubation, performance, life experience, philosophy and trends, and more recently, on his authored book.www.esgeemusings.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars Will take you to the vintage India, particularly Kolkata!
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on 26 March 2021
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The Chronicler of the Hooghly and other stories is a compilation of 4 short stories which consists of Ashtami, Pandemic, Fault lines and The Chronicler of the Hooghly. These stories will take the readers right back to the history. All these 4 stories have their roots in the olden days Kolkata of British India.

The writing style of the author was very simple but at the same time, it had a vintage tint to it. All the 4 stories were distinct and what made them really interesting was all these stories had some real characters from Modern Indian History. The author has taken certain incidence from history and has interpreted it distinctly through his creativity. And that was really interesting and unique.

These short stories are pretty long, detail and descriptive. This book is not about the stories but it is about the experience it gives and the journey it take us on. Among these stories Pandemic and Fault lines were the best.

Pandemic is a story which spans between two timelines. One talks about the pandemic which took place in 1919 and other is 2020 Pandemic. It precisely spoke about the scenario that took place during COVID-19 pandemic. The work from home scenario how it turned into a disaster to couples who were looking forward to it and other nuances every individual in the world had experienced during this period.

The next story is Fault Lines which talks about a man who has done lots of deceitful things in life to stay on top. He meets with an accident and how all the ruthless selfish acts he did in the past makes an re-entry and torture him. It had a good twist and was really engaging.

The other two stories were’t that great but the way they were written will make the readers want to move ahead with this book. The whole point of Ashtami was unknown and it was pretty blunt but the author had described the olden days Delhi and Kolkata very beautifully. The Chronicler of the Hooghly, was really long and the way the author had thought through about the entire plot of this story was commendable. The story he made out of a simple pearl necklace was tremendous but after a point of time, it felt like the incidences were kind of over repetitive.

On the whole, it was very nice and a subtle book which will take you away from present and shove you into the land of beautiful historic India.

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I fell in love with Kolkata all over again. I’m kind of very fascinated about the modern India and it’s history for a very long time. The way the author had weaved a tremendous stories around these historic events were really amazing. Since I have read my History books quite too many times I was able to pinpoint certain events and was able to make the connection. It was really interesting for me.

I loved the journey this book was able to take me on. The writing style of the author had made it a lot more easier to swift through the pages of the book.

My favourites among these stories are Pandemic and Fault lines.

My rating for this book would be 3.8 out of 5 stars

I would recommend this book to people who are very much into history, you will enjoy it. If you are someone who wants to start the habit of reading and want short reads, then you can definitely go ahead with this book.

Happy Reading Folks!!
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