Yesterday I received a suggestion from a fellow netizn that I should post an overview of my book. My visitors must have at least some idea of my book before they decide to read it in detail. I don't know if brief of each story as blurbs would suffice. Some would advise me not to do that, for nobody would like to be told about the story he or she is going to read soon. So there should be a via media: the brief should be really brief, as implicit as possible. Let me try then.
1-The Remix of Orchid:
My storywriter has nothing to worry, for he has not plagiarised the work of the great Mr H. G. Wells. It has only been a one-in-a-million coincidence in creativity. Nobody sensible needs to fuss about it.
I pick up a boy, helpless and weeping, at Howrah Station and try to restore him to his parents after fifteen long years. But it is too late by then. So whither goes the teen-ager, the luckless fellow in search of his real parents?
It is a sheer pleasure to watch a patriotic ghost in action. He kills a historical tyrant dramatically but who kills him thereafter?
4-A Clip in Slow Motion:
I happen to get into a typhoon, but was lucky to get out of it. After living through the peril, I feel life is but an accident averted.
5-Out of Her Block:
A battle between a human and a crustacean could be so fierce and its result could be so momentous! I consider myself lucky to witness one. Like innumerable battles of yester year, this particular one has also a woman at its centre—I still consider I have seen something that none would ever have.
Death is not the end of everything; it is the beginning of a long celestial journey for the soul. A son can help the dead father in this perilous course, provided he thinks it important. Will he really think the way our scriptures want him to do?
7-The Golden Trip:
Living in the Andamans teaches her the need for detachment, and when occasion arises, she does not hesitate to sell her ornaments. But for what? Definitely not for her daily expenses!
8-At the Crossroads:
He changes himself from a tradition-bound priest to a non-vegetarian liberal and starts redefining the concepts once he lived for. Love makes him bold. Having discovered the purpose of living, he could not have done any different.
A letterbox gets animated suddenly. It chooses a soft target to prove its newly acquired status of demigod. It arrogates to itself the right to punish a lonesome fellow, but why? The dream gets over, but the fear lingers on.
10-And Then a Fine Morning:
Is a doctor’s certificate enough to free a person from ailments? No, obviously not! One has to walk his way to health. The way to health passes through a dream, father’s blessings and the cool sea breeze of Corbyn’s Cove.
11-The Gung-ho Team:
Where there is a will there is a gold cup—it is true if the team is Andaman Hockey Team and the tournament is Bombay Gold Cup and the captain is Sukra Oram. Will it happen i real life?
Manglu keeps his family in comfort by accepting an employment in a distant island as a labourer. Will one money order a month be sufficient? Will that lead to a bond that is enduring?
13-Over the Seas:
Love makes them happen—an Indian doctor in Kuwait rescues a sex slave. Is that the only thing he does to come to the Andamans?
14-The Apt Disposal:
A lovely pet is not as lucky as its master to cross the Bay of Bengal. Will his master come back? Will he shower his love as unstintingly as he used to do before?
15-The Bovine Justice:
A wonderful person recounts the innovative steps that he adopted to settle score with his adversary—a tit for tat. But who is the ultimate beneficiary?
Their love-hate relationship helps them remain as friends. But then there is a new person, a lady between them? She is wife of one but the friend of the other. Who really benefits from the relationship? In any case the friendship continues.
17-The Green Baggage:
Everyone that goes to the Andamans does not return with the memory of that scenic place alone; some even fetch deadly souvenirs from there. So what could be the souvenir?
A Nicobari girl, finding her husband’s wavering loyalty, solves her problem with plenty of love and spontaneous tears. An age-old approach for an Indian woman, isn't it?
Dannaya does his best to achieve his life’s dream, a small house at his native village in Srikakulam, but he is destined to return to Port Blair. Why?
20-Still in India:
It is a poignant feeling to cherish a death for oneself in the village of one’s birth or, in the least, in one’s own country. Godavari chooses that way. But what does she lose in the process?
21-The Millennium Blog:
At a depth of eighty feet in a diving site off Havelock coast when one chooses to spend his midnight hour with crustaceans and corals, he is said to be doing a prodigious profile in diving. If he does that just to wait for the clock to strike twelve midnight on the eve of the Millennium New Year, then it promises to be a well-imagined novelty in outdoor divertissement. So, could he achieve that distinction in the final analysis?