Scarred Earth – Bhaswar Mukherjee, PGP 1988
About the Book
‘Scarred Earth’ is the heart-breaking story of Baruni and Muneim. Though ravaged by their circumstances, they refuse to succumb. It is a story of two strong personalities who collide but do not coalesce.
Why does Banguran village burn in the conflagration of ethnic strife? Why and how do the fiery adolescent girl Baruni and her family become victims in its vortex? What personal price does Baruni pay in the hands of the heinous police officer Kalicharan? Does she escape? Discover the answers as the juggernaut of developments keep you riveted.
In a parallel story set in Kolkata, meet the distinctive teenager Muncim and how he chooses a far more difficult life than that offered by his wealthy family. What obstacles does he face? How does he meet Baruni? Who is Payal and what role does she play in the devastation in Muncim’s life?
The plot swiftly moves to Siliguri where Baruni arrives to further her studies after her class ten boards. Here she meets and is drawn to Kunal, who too is attracted to her. How is he connected to her difficult past? Hold your breath as the narrative hurtles towards a shocking denouement.
Scarred Earth is the engaging tale of the indomitable human spirit of two unusual adolescents, which will immerse you. Completely.
About the Author
A Mechanical Engineer and an MBA from IIM Bangalore, Bhaswar quit dabbling in the world of finance in multinational banks -Bank of America and HSBC after close to eighteen years. In 2005, he set up his own company Bridgepoint Solutions Pvt Ltd, which provides consultancy and learning solutions in the banking domain.
Bhaswar calls himself an accidental writer. He has contributed to eleven anthologies, India’s first composite novel (Limca Book of records entry) and in 2020 published his solo anthology “it happens- Stories of Human Relationships” for which the Navi Mumbai Chambers of Business and Industries in association with the Great Human University recognised him as the Best Storyteller 2021’ at the Indian Authors Conference and Awards -November 21. Many of his short stories have been shortlisted among the top 10 winners for the prompts in the Write India contests by The Times of India by Amitav Ghosh, Ashwin Sanghi, Upamanyu Chatterjee, Vivek Shanbhag, Tuhin Sinha and Nayantara Sahgal. His stories have been selected by Sudha Murty, Ravinder Singh for their curated anthologies and published by Penguin Random House.
In 2022 his debut nonfiction The Counterfeiter- Abdul Karim Telgi and the Stamp Scam’ was published by Om Books International and became an Amazon best seller in the first month of its release for True Accounts. Ukiyoto Publishing has selected him as an awardee for “Non-Fiction-Emerging Author of the Year” for this book.
Endorsement for Bhaswar’s writing includes the stellar stars of the literary firmament who say:
‘Bhaswar Mukherjee is a writer of promise and I wish him the very best’- Amitav Ghosh
‘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
‘Bhaswar is an engaging storyteller whose short stories almost always find their way to the best of the lot sent for Write India. 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.
Bhaswar is passionate about theatre, having acted and directed many.
He lives in Chennai, India with his wife Saswati. Their only daughter works in the US. He strives to live by the maxim ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the Day’.
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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