…the untold stroy of the common man
26th January. 4:21 a. m.
In a crumbling one room house, a young man bends over the light of an oil lamp, writing out a Republic Day speech the government has chosen him to deliver to the vast gathering in the Calcutta Maidan. But he is running out of time. And he must hurry before the country will put him into trial.
Will his words become a hate speech? Or envelop his countrymen with patriotic fervour? He has no answer to the question.
However, whispers have already started making rounds of the Muslim, Hindu and Christian blood screaming in his veins which he has hidden from the people. And the story he will read out of his life will justify his religion.
Written in a chatty style, this novel hits the satirical strings of the reader’s heart, stripping naked – in a bold voice – the weakness and limitations of the country.
Poet, novelist and educationist, he is a maverick who elopes with travel, honeymoons with fractured sunsets and sleeps with dusk but is married to words. Bob has inspired countless students in his teaching career, teaching them that happiness comes from a healthy body and mind. Many of his students hold eminent posts as medical doctors, army men, air pilots, DJs, business magnates, you name it. Most of them are constantly in touch with him even after his service in the teaching field. Since more than a decade he has been running his own teaching institute for English where he also gives talks on Happiness that can be achieved by living a simple life, minimum wants and living one day at a time. That is, living for the Now.
Giving poetry readings at gatherings at home and abroad he is also Associate Poetry Editor of Eastlit, a literary journal published from Thailand. Bob is the founding member of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators headquartered in Hong Kong and is a member of Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL), the SAARC Apex body.