The compilation, Tales From Bengal, comprising 9 short stories, all set in Bengal, looks to appeal to the magnanimous aspects of modern minds engrossed in the tussle for a living. The collection that incorporates the characters like a village gullible youth, a runaway person forging his identity, a blacksmith fighting hard to cope with the changing norms of business, an ordinary housemaid teaching a learned doctor the lesson of humanity and many more like them, is meant to make readers think at least for once about those villagers who still have to wait for an elevation in their wretched living. In addition, set in the backdrop of India still unaware of urbanism and innocent of technological advancement, the stories are sure to reconjure the ideals prevalent in the rural society in the last few decades of the twentieth century. Further, amidst the flurry of literary works based on urbanism, these stories will stand out to rekindle one’s deep thoughts on the pains and pangs of the India that still remains unexplored from the socio-economic perspective.
Title: Tales From Bengal
Author: Sourish Roy
Publisher: Bigfoot Publications