by Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri
Why does a love-struck young man lift a living corpse who stares with infinite contempt at man and all his works, including god? The homecoming of a peasant revolutionary after years in prison departs from the expected scenario right from the beginning. What is the secret which almost destroys the hero and all his human relationships? What is the celebrated musician waiting for as age dries up his music and his body tries to clam up his spirit?
Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri searches for answers in another triplet of short novels, probing the human condition in indifferent city streets and turbulent forests, looking at forms of love and betrayal, with the spotlight turning on a whole spectrum of emotions from black despair to euphoric optimism.
Each of the three short novellas in Triolet has a plot racing through an air almost of fantasy, across stark cityscapes and turbulent forests, dealing essentially and always with the human condition, the myriad-coloured skies between hopelessness and hope, love and betrayal.
Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri, born in Kolkata in 1944, studied Physics at Presidency College in the turbulent late sixties and early seventies. Physics and the fight for democratic rights alternated as dominants in his life, with literature emerging from the background after his retirement as a don at Presidency, and a quest for improvement in teaching methods, especially in science and mathematics.
He has two slim volumes of poetry in Bangla to his credit, an influential tract on education, a publicist’s diary called Sovereign are the People’ along with a number of research papers in Physics printed in the foremost peer-reviewed international journals. Before the current offering of three novellas had come another such triplet called A Triptych.
Dipanjan Rai Chaudhuri lives in Kolkata with his wife. They have a son and a daughter and three grandchildren. As pains and aches start constricting his activities he puts more time into his project of a contemporary Bangla novel in three parts, the first of which has recently been published.
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