3 novellas, 2 authors, 1 book
India 24 - Mundane tales, cliche, acute events and ordinary lives from around India intersect over a period of 24 hours to form a unique montage which provides insight into the irony of power play, corruption and mutual exploitation in contemporary India. Individuals from different social and economic strata, with varied motivations, occupations and preoccupations struggle frantically to strike balance in their lives inter-weaved with each other through webbing of love, sex, jealousy, fantasy, deceit, conceit and violence in an indifferent uninspiring world in utmost need of a hero but without any.
3 on a Bed - 3 people - one woman and two men share a bed to celebrate friendship that ensues the most democratic and secular form of being where the 'one true love' can be shared in the most selfless way through the union of minds and bodies together in our very real, mundane and pragmatic world. Can the 'polyamoric' lifestyle of the ménage-de-trios help them overcome all such issues of jealousy, possessiveness and sexual hegemony that lies hidden in every conjugal relationship through their feelings of empathy and compassion or does their relationship go the well beaten way of people shredding themselves to pieces over power, position and possession?
1 Day for Love - Through the evaluation of her personal paranoia associated with Holi, the festival of colors - a day for free mixing of the sexes and free expression of love, and its evolution over a period of three decades a young woman takes a look at the changing dynamics of gender politics and social discrimination culminating in an all encompassing erosion of social bonding and an innate growth of indifference, all centering around this day reflecting and refracting through the many loves of her life.
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Rajdeep Paul (born September 1981, Kolkata, West Bengal) is a boy who refuses to grow up like his favorite hero Peter Pan. He lost his mother at age of 9 and had a very protective childhood. He studied Computer Science and Engineering to fulfill his father's wishes. He worked in Infosys Technologies Ltd for three years as a Software Engineer and during that tenure had the opportunity of travelling to and staying at different parts of the the country and interacting with a vast variety of urban Indian youth working in the IT sector. 'India 24' was written by him while he was in Infosys, inspired by events that took place around him. In 2007, he quit his job to follow his dream of filmmaking and joined Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata to pursue a course in Film Direction where he made the 32 minute short film '3 on a Bed' along with Sarmistha Maiti. The '3 on a Bed' Novella is a progression to the short film, while the film's story has a wide canvas; the novella concentrates on the acute inner lives of the same three characters. Rajdeep now lives in Kolkata and works as an Independent Filmmaker and Writer. Sarmistha Maiti (born December 1979, Haldia, West Bengal) had dream of becoming a writer since her childhood, which she spent in different industrial townships across the country travelling with her parents. Her father, an Engineer in a Public Sector Company, wanted his daughter to also be an Engineer. But encouraged by her husband of twelve years, a celebrated artiste, she went against her father and took up first graduation and then post graduation in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She started her writing career as a Journalist in 2000 and then as a Copywriter in an Ad Agency. Her first book, a collection of Modern English Poems titled Forbidden was published in 2004. She is presently the Managing Editor of www.mattersofart.net (India’s 1st e-zine on Art) and has been also contributing as an Art Critic to different Art Magazines across the country since 2007. In 2007, she also took up a Course in Filmmaking from Satyajit Ray Film and Television institute as an Editor, where she met Rajdeep, their diverse backgrounds initially providing a backdrop for great conflict and later for great collaboration. Sarmistha now lives in Kolkata and works as an Independent Filmmaker, Writer, Art Critic and Curator and the conflict between her industrial background and creative pursuits reflect greatly in her works.
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