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It Happens: Stories of Human Relationships by [Bhaswar Mukherjee]

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‘Bhaswar Mukherjee is a writer of promise and I wish him the very best.’ —Amitav Ghosh, author ‘I read Bhaswar Mukherjee’s compelling short story “It Was Not Their War” as one of the submissions for the TOI Write India contest . . . the story was compelling and captivating. I wish Bhaswar well for his future writing endeavours.’ —Ashwin Sanghi, author ‘Bhaswar is an engaging storyteller whose short stories almost always find their way to the best of the lot sent for Write India. He has been an enthusiastic participant for the Write India platform for all three seasons, and his stories have made it to Top 10 for five author prompts! Short story writing is a special technique and Bhaswar certainly excels at that. I wish him all the best for his anthology and all future endeavours.’ —Vinita Dawra Nangia, Executive Editor Times of India; Director Write India --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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What is it in the DNA of bankers that makes them gravitate towards writing at some point of time in their lives? There appear to be no easy answers to this conundrum. Perhaps it’s the sheer herd mentality. Bhaswar denies this generalisation and calls himself a reluctant and an accidental writer. His first short story ‘The God of a Lesser Child’ was submitted as a lark and was selected and published by Notion Press in 21 Tales to Tell in March 2014. His next ‘Unrequited’ was selected by author Neelam Chandra Saxena in a contest launched by Readomania and was one of the two winning entries. ‘EFIL’ found place in Readomania’s anthology Chronicles of Urban Nomads. ‘Acceptance’ was selected by author Sudha Murty and published by Penguin India in their anthology Something Happened on the Way to Heaven. Another story ‘Garib Rath’ was picked up by author Ravinder Singh for his anthology Tell me a Story and published by Penguin India. ‘Guest of Honour’ in the Long Short Story (Notion Press), ‘The Introduction’ (Story Mirror), followed and his contribution ‘Leap of Faith’ featured in Crossed and Knotted (Readomania), India’s first composite novel. In 2016, his short story ‘It was not their war’ was selected by author Ashwin Sanghi as one of the winners and published in the anthology by the Times of India in the Write India Contest Season 1 (TOI-Season 1). Another story, ‘Karma’ was among the top ten for the submissions for author Tuhin Sinha.In 2019–20, his short stories for TOI-Season 3 were shortlisted for the top ten by authors Nayantara Sahgal, Amitav Ghosh, Upamanyu Chatterjee and Vivek Shanbhag for their respective prompts. Bhaswar has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. After close to eighteen years in multinational banks (Bank of America and HSBC), he quit in 2005 to set up his own company Bridgepoint Solutions Pvt Ltd, which provides consultancy and learning solutions in the banking domain. He is passionate about theatre, having acted and directed many. He and his wife live in Chennai, India, empty nesters; their only daughter works in the US. Bhaswar strives to live by the maxim ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the Day’. He can be contacted at: m.bhaswar@gmail.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B088BDC6D9
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Readomania (7 May 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1198 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 140 pages
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What is it in the DNA of bankers that makes them gravitate towards writing at some point of time in their lives? There appear to be no easy answers to this conundrum. Perhaps it’s the sheer herd mentality.

I deny this generalisation for I am a fairly a reluctant and an accidental writer.

My first short story ‘The God of a Lesser Child’ was submitted as a lark and was selected and published by Notion Press in ‘21 Tales to Tell’ in March 2014. My next ‘Unrequited’ was selected by author Neelam Chandra Saxena in a contest launched by Readomania and was one of the two winning entries. ‘EFIL’ found place in Readomania’s anthology- ‘Chronicles of Urban Nomads’. ‘Acceptance’ was selected by author Sudha Murty and published by Penguin India in their anthology ‘Something Happened on the Way to Heaven.’ Another story ‘Garib Rath’ was picked up by author Ravinder Singh for his anthology ‘Tell me a Story’ and published by Penguin India. ‘Guest of Honour’ in the ‘Long Short Story’ (Notion Press), ‘The Introduction’ (Story Mirror), followed and my contribution ‘Leap of Faith’ featured in ‘Crossed and Knotted’ (Readomania), India’s first composite novel.

In 2016, my short story ‘It was not their war’ was selected by author Ashwin Sanghi as one of the winners and published in the anthology by the Times of India in the Write India Contest Season 1 (TOI-Season 1). Another story, ‘Karma’ was among the top ten for the submissions for author Tuhin Sinha.

In 2019-20, my short stories for TOI-Season 3 were shortlisted for the top ten by authors Nayantara Sahgal, Amitav Ghosh, Upamanyu Chatterjee and Vivek Shanbhag for their respective prompts.

I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from IIM Bangalore. After close to eighteen years in multinational banks (Bank of America and HSBC), I quit in 2005 to set up my own company Bridgepoint Solutions Pvt Ltd, which provides consultancy and learning solutions in the banking domain.

Theatre is another passion and I have acted in and directed many.

I am 56 years young and currently reside in Chennai, India, with my wife Saswati. Our only daughter works in the software space and is in the US.

The mantra I strive to live by is ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the Day’.

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5.0 out of 5 stars compelling narratives
Reviewed in India on 20 April 2021
What is it that a human being seeks in life? What is it that connects one human being to another? What is it without which life becomes unbearable?

In a word, the answer is – relationships.

We human beings are social creatures. Even if we are reclusive or introverted in nature, our subconscious tends to form associations with things around us. We tend to relate to people, events and things that unfold around us. Wouldn’t you agree?

‘It happens’ succinctly captures this dynamic as it unfolds in the lives of ordinary people, people who sometimes got caught up in things that were not of their making. Bhaswar has taken snippets from life, perhaps even news reports and woven realistic tales around them. Backed by brilliant language, the stories take you with them on mini-journeys. To me this book came across as a wonderfully aromatic broth, chock full of fragrant ingredients, which when eaten contained flavours that literally exploded in my mouth.

The book opens to a karmic dose of reality. That makes you sit up and take note. But, the very next story whisks you away to the Hindu Kush hills. Just as you visualize yourself sipping a hot cuppa there, reality strikes again and you are reminded of the brutality of life. You are reminded that for the people of Kashmir War is an everyday reality.

Bhaswar’s stories are compelling narratives with structured sentences that he has dunked in beautiful vocabulary and interspersed with powerful adjectives. As you read through the sentences you are reminded of a delicious cookie which when dunked into tea, ends up getting moistened with more sweetness.

I know, I know…I am a sucker for good language and vocabulary. But, who isn’t? There is nothing more irritating than to read through a book with poor syntax and shoddy grammar. This book held my attention from the first page and I took my time to read through the stories and savour them. The fifteen stories in the book explore the various facets of relationships such as – love, betrayal, adultery, loss, revenge, compassion, etc, by incorporating them into settings and plotlines that we can relate to.

My recommendation – if you like reading drama as a genre, this book is a must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fifteen great short stories! An amazing read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine anthology of heartfelt tales
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Reviewed in the United States on 29 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!
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