Read Along: Left From Dhakeshwari by Kunal Sen

July 20, 2013

I'm super excited to be taking part in this read along of Left From Dhakeshwari, a compilation of short stories written by Kunal Sen!

The interesting thing about this book is that all the stories are linked with each other, so it's not something you can read out of sequence. Everyone says the ending is mind blowing, so I'm really looking forward to that.

The read along will run from 20th July to 17th August. We will have discussion posts and updates every Saturday, according to the schedule below, so join in any time and leave us your thoughts on the book in the comments section!

Here are the read along hosts:

Ankita @ Booklok Coffee (Twitter- @Ankita 0112)
Sarika & Janhvi @ The Readdicts (Twitter - @SarikaP8 and @justjanhvi)
Nimi @ The Readers Cosmos (Twitter- @thereaderscosmos)

 Title: Left From Dhakeshwari
Author: Kunal Sen
Publication date: 2012
Publisher: Leadstart Publishing
Genre: Fiction, Indian
'Left from Dhakeshwari' is a collection of nine interconnected stories dealing with lust and loneliness, death and obsession, memories and madness.

In the first story, 'We Were Writers', we meet a Bengali film actress, who after her brother’s suicide, returns to her small hometown and reflects upon the life she left behind; in ‘Bomb Church’, Aniruddha tries to piece together his mother’s identity after her mysterious departure; the only clues available in the existential whodunit being: a soap-box, a brown shoe and the statements of five witnesses; while the heartrending 'Salt Lake' recounts an unusual affair between a disfigured girl and a mime-artist with scars of his own.

The other characters in this collection include a runaway teenage-girl, an agoraphobic writer, a masochistic cosmetic surgeon, a ghostess, identical twins and a manic-depressive housewife. And they are all in search, of a time and place they can call their own. That is perhaps why the title itself, denotes both a time and a place: a point of departure and the forbearer of journeys.

In his first solo book, Kunal Sen infuses his women with souls of poetesses and a seductive melancholy and arms his men with child-like, romantic sadism. 'Left from Dhakeshwari' is written in a style that straddles between the tragic-dramatic and mildly surrealistic, but remains in the end a book about some remarkably original people and their depths and failings.
Doesn't that sound intriguing?! I cant wait to get started!


  1. Interesting book. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Great post, Fahima! Even I'm looking forward to seeing how all the stories are inter-connected. It sounds interesting, huh? I'm looking forward to reading with y'all! ♥

    Sarika @ The Readdicts


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