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Chirajit Paul is the author of four novels of different style and genres. His keen interest in contemporary society, politics and religion shows in his writing.

• Chirajit’s maiden novel ‘The Obituary of Salim Nabi’ (2013, Politics/ Social) presents a view of the politics around terrorism and secularism in contemporary India through the eyes of a young Muslim protagonist.

• In ‘The Fragrance of Rose’ (2017, Adult Romance/ Social) Chirajit dealt with the contentious issue of sexual harassment by weaving a gripping story around it looking into the matter from a woman’s perspective.

• In his third novel ‘Sea of Kashmir’ (2017, Politics/ Magical Realism) Chirajit wrote about Kashmir and its liberation struggle viewing it from the perspective of different stakeholders. The story which is placed in the future (2030) talks about a strange incident which changes the fate of Kashmir forever.

• Chirajit’s fourth novel ‘The Man, The Ghost, and the Proposition of God’ (2018, Comedy/ Philosophy/ Thriller) is a dark comedy around philosophical questions involving vulnerability of life, karma and welfare of mankind.

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Born in Kolkata in 1973, Chirajit graduated from Calcutta University before undertaking training in Chartered Accountancy. After having worked in various capacities across Finance and System domains he is currently associated with a global consulting firm as an Enterprise Application specialist. .

Chirajit always had a keen interest in all visual and storytelling art forms and possesses professional certificate in commercial and applied arts. He is an ardent observer of political and social affairs, which often finds reflection in his writing.

He prefers to call himself a novelist because his fast paced action packed ideas are often spread across large canvases cutting through geographies, cultures and languages - which he thinks cannot be justifiably captured within limiting word formats. However, he loves to read short stories and wants to do some work in that space someday. He also loves to experiment with his work and is keen to explore into various genres.
Chirajit lives in Kolkata with his journalist wife and daughter.


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Regarding The Fragrance of Rose.

I dedicate this novel to my dear wife Chayanika, without whose help it would not have been possible for me to capture a woman’s perspective. I am also indebted to her (a media person in real life) for sharing knowledge on the media (and movie) industry, both of which served as vital backdrops. We have tried to give the story a realistic feel, now it is up to you to read and tell.

The Man, the Ghost, and the Proposition of God

is dedication to god in whom I have immense faith, and to my mother. This is my maiden venture into the genre of dark comedy. The uncertainties of the mortal world, the fear of death, the perpetual vulnerability of the common man has come out through the protagonist whom I have styled on myself. It also asks the most important question involving god – is god really for the good of mankind? .

Sea of Kashmir

is an experimental short novel, an intense political drama on the liberation struggle of Kashmir placed in the future (2030). It is a compelling story of love, rivalry, nation building and power struggle. My point of view is essentially politically neutral. Sea of Kashmir is dedicated to all the lives lost in the struggle for self-determination on all sides including those in uniform.

In The Obituary of Salim Nabi

I have tried to explore the notion of secularism in contemporary India, break myths, challenge stereotypes and throw up possibilities. My intention is not to question, neither glorify any political ideology or belief. This work is merely a fictional account of a non-motivated what-if analysis with no inferences drawn, neither intended. I wish my readers would also take it in the same spirit. All the views expressed by the protagonist are essentially of my own.

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