An eminent Plastic Surgeon by profession, a writer by choice, Aniruddha Bose was born on 19th September 1955 in Kolkata. He developed an interest in literature since childhood from his late father Binayendra Mohan Bose, an ex-graduate from Bengal Engineering College and late mother Ila Bose, silver medal winner in Bengali from the Calcutta University. He is a by-product of St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Kolkata, later Medical College, Bengal and Royal College of Surgeons, United Kingdom. He spent substantial segment of his life there. Also, a couple of years in the Middle East. A renowned Consultant in Kolkata, he is recognised as one of the leading cosmetic surgeons both nationally and internationally.
From his school and college days he was into writing. Editor of the school magazine Nihil Ultra, his literary zeal was evident from early days. He contributed in several leading magazines during that period and later in United Kingdom and the Middle East.
Life is a voyage exposing its colours in varied veneers. In the year 2006 he sustained a fracture of tibia which confined him to a wheelchair for six months. Continuing his hectic practice even in wheelchair, his social life came to a halt. He was isolated from his other lively activities. To make the best of his solitary confinement, he resorted to his forlorn hobby. He plumbed the bygone literary pursuits he cherished in youth, fortified by his literature-loving engineer father and literary mother until the coercions of his career pushed it to the archive. During this period, he penned his debut Bengali novel ANWESHAN released on 25th August 2007. The novel was an instant success. It hosted his original creative self-expression in a diverse arena. The sales figures of his debut novel soared high. It stimulated his incognito ingenuity urging him to further indulge in the passion, parallel to his busy professional pursuits. His second Bengali novel NISHABDE like the previous one, not only turned out to be a best-seller representing Bengal at the London Book Fair, but also received eclectic acclaim. From then onwards there was no turning back. Destiny had set ajar a new vista of artistic creativity amidst the levied calamity. He split his time between a busy profession and literary quests. He has written several books in Bengali and English. He continues creating more in both the lingoes. It reflects his wide experience as a professional. Widely travelled, he has interacted with various cultures, races and community.
In the days of the British Raj Calcutta was a great port city. Thousands of men, women, and children worked there, loading and unloading valuable cargoes that sustained the regional economy, and contributed significantly to world trade. In the second half of the nineteenth century, in response to a shift from sailing ships to steamers, port authorities in Calcutta began work on a massive modernization project.
This book is the first study of port labor in colonial Calcutta and British India. Drawing on primary source material, including government documents and newspaper records, the author demonstrates how the modernization process worsened class conflict and highlights the important part played by labor in the shaping of the port’s modernization. Class Conflict and Modernization in India places this history in a comparative context, highlighting the interconnected nature of port and port labor histories. It examines how the port’s modernization affected the port workforce and the port’s managers, as well as the impact on class formation that emerged as labourers resisted through acts of everyday resistance and organized strikes.
A detailed study of state power, technological change, and class conflict, this book will be of interest to academics of modern Indian history, labour history and the history of science and technology.
Revolving round the affluent and upper middle class milieu of the urbanized society, the characters of this novel are all pawns in the game of life. Tossing up and down through their profits and losses, accomplishments and failures, love and hatred, desire and denial, they all pass through this enigma of life.
The truth they discover is life is nothing but a Venn Diagram an array of intersecting circles of relations, which includes its slices, but never its whole. We believe erroneously in relationships. We have an elusive image of our existence. Only a few chosen can comprehend that our life is nothing but a part of a greater nullity. The ultimate truth is that we live alone in our ‘home’ in solitude and die alone in it.