Such is the new novel by Aniruddha Bose “If …”. It treads along a comparatively new path. What is it? A sci-fi? A whodunit mystery thriller? Or a combination of both?
The core idea is not new. Energy crisis and finding a new source of energy is a burning issue to the humankind. Fossil fuel will inevitably finish soon, it is just a matter of time. What next? Nuclear fission energy? Harnessing fusion energy? Wind energy? Tidal energy? Solar energy? Geothermal energy? Biofuel energy? These are only a few of the next possible sources of energy. And it is an established fact that big powers will go to any extent to own the newer sources of energy.
In this background Aniruddha has woven the story of his novel. A completely new form of energy is almost in the hand of an Indian businessman with a strong scientific background and the source lies in the ancient Indian scripts. As usual, all the international players are in the arena with their sinister motives and men and women are murdered right and left. The rest of the story I cannot divulge here for obvious reasons.
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.