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Chirajit Paul is the author of five novels of different style and genres. His interest in contemporary society, politics, religion and human psychology 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’ (2017, Comedy/ Philosophy/ Thriller) is a dark comedy around philosophical questions involving vulnerability of life, karma and welfare of mankind.

‘Republic of Wisdomia’ (2018, Utopian fiction/ Science fiction/ Romance) is a protest against the developed world’s aggression towards smaller nations. It propagates world peace and identifies love as the strongest emotion even in polity.

Novella ‘Sita and Draupadi: Where valour prevails’ (2019, Mythological) is a statement on feminism and gender equality where the aggrieved ladies, Sita and Draupadi, takes their own revenge. This is the first time, two great epis, Ramayan and Mahabharat are made to fall in the same time zone and overlap with each other

‘The Trapezoid’ (2019, Psychological) is a story of four friends each having a unique problem/ reason of sorrow. In this novel Chirajit explores the psychological needs and complexities residing inside the minds of the protagonists. The story, like a Greek tragedy, remains witness to the rise of fall of human relationships and emotions

‘Jinnah and Bose: The missing pages of history’ (2019, Historical) is Chirajit’s maiden venture into play writing. This one-act play is placed in the immediate pre-independence days of 1947 when all the concerned parties debated the question of partition and the timing of transfer of power. However, it is necessary to note that this is essentially a work a fiction and has nothing to do with history.

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Chirajit Paul is an Indian novelist and playwright. He has written political fiction, historical fiction, mythological fiction, psychological fiction, science fiction, black comedy, magical realism and fantasy. He is a trained Chartered Accountant and works as an Enterprise Application specialist.


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Jinnah and Bose: The missing pages of history

Whenever one reads the history of the events leading to India’s freedom and partition, one can’t help but wonder if certain things didn’t happen or happened differently, perhaps India would have remained as one great country. This one-act play explores a possible situation which could have saved India’s partition.

The Trapezoid

Suddenly I realized, I did not write about friendship in a long time. Also, I always had a fancy for ensemble characters coming together to give rise to a relationship story. While reading out fairy tales to my daughter, an idea came to my mind, but that eventually shaped into a Greek tragedy when I explored further. This is the first time I delved deep into complex emotions and tried to understand more about human behavior.

Sita and Draupadi: Where valour prevails

Like everybody, I had read (and heard) the great epics many times since childhood, and every time I wondered how fascinating it would have been if both happened at the same time and place, and the characters mingled with each other. Years later, I did that myself and the results are here for you to read and tell. My perspective essentially revolves around the two protagonist ladies, the crimes committed against them and their retribution.

Republic of Wisdomia

I always wanted to write a science fiction but this story is much more than that. I was reading an article on North Korea and its relationship with the United States of America when this idea came to my mind. I think any ‘ism’ could be good or bad depending on who is at the helm of things and how he runs the show. Also it is completely unethical for the powerful nations to meddle into the business of the weaker nations on one pretext or the other. Another thing this story talks about is the necessity of the emotion called love. It is because of love that this world is still a somewhat livable place.

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.

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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