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May 2015

Open Invitation for Bangalore Book Tour.

Bangalore Book Tour
Bangalore Book Tour

Ficus Distribution and Atta Galatta Book Store

cordially invites you to

Join Paromita Goswami at the launch event of her Book,


on 6th June 2015, 5.00p.m

At  Venue, 

Atta Galata Book Store

134, 1st A Main Road KHB Colony, 5th Block Koramangala,

Bengaluru, Karnataka 560095

Book Review Time

4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing story with an unexpected ending !!, 27 May 2015
This review is from: Shamsuddin’s Grave: The Story of a Homeless (Paperback)

The book is about a homeless man and a social worker whose stories intertwine. The many social issues troubling India are depicted in simple language. I read the book within 2-3 days, as I found it hard to put down once I started. I was unaware of the condition of the Miya Muslims before reading this book.

The issues covered in the book were serious but they were related by the author in a matter-of-fact way. There was sadness and pain, but there were also positive outcomes. The author has researched the locations where the story takes place, as well as the issues being faced by Miya Muslims, women and migrants to cities very well. Read more



The city of joy, Kolkata, has always remained special for me. First, I am a Bengali, secondly, I shall always remain so. The Ganges, the Maidan, the lazy tram rides, the fish curry, the Mughlai Paratha, Egg Roll and the dhakis in the puja pandals have always held a special corner in my heart. There are thousands more excuses why I love Kolkata. The latest being my first book tour   book promo 131

As an author I had an opportunity to spend an evening with the elite members of Dignity Foundation, Kolkata. Never to forget the presence of CPI(M) Kolkata District secretary Mr. Niranjan Chatterjee who took out few minutes from his busy schedule to make an appearance in the event. Renowned Bengali author, Sanjucta Sengupta who did not hesitate to encourage a debutant author.

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My debut novel, Shamsuddin’s Grave, had convincingly gathered accolades from the enthusiastic members of the Dignity Foundation. The theme of my novel, youth migration, was highly appreciated. Also the social issues which were highlighted in my book like the child trafficking and illegal migrants were discussed at par with everybody present.

The interaction with the members was not just limited to discussion of my book but also other social challenges faced by the migrants even today. We even managed to talk at length about the lesser know tourist destinations within the country and all about the troubled North East India and Chhattisgarh.

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In the end I would like to thank the staff of dignity foundation, Suparna, Rumudi, Leena and Moitrayee. Hats off! To you guys, for organizing such a splendid evening for all of us. With special mention to Sheilu mam for her support that has elated and encouraged many like me in their respective field.

Thank you so much.

My event at Press Club, Kolkata was also a big opportunity for me. I got a chance to interact with many eminent personalities from the literary field and the media field.

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Mr. Nihar Majumdar , Prolific Writer, author of 12 Research oriented books, out of which one has been bestowed with National Award. He is also a regular columnist & Public Speaker. He even presented me with one of his books.

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Dr, Ratan Bhattacharjee, senior journalist ,The Telegraph and Assam Tribune, and academician is also the Executive member in the International Advisory Board of International Theodore Dreiser Society, USA. Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee is also the author of love poems The Ballad of the Bleeding Bubbles.

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Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Kolkata News

Shamsuddin’s Grave: Giveaway contest!!

book-242x300 WORLDWIDE open giveaway CONTEST!! Enter to win ONE limited edition SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY!! Acceptance is something that we all yearn for but what if you are not accepted? Will you prove yourself or let the time decide? A contemporary fiction that will make you THINK, FEEL and WONDER like never before. It’s all about loving your family against all odds. If you are on Good reads ENTER TO WIN Else SIGNUP HERE

SHAMSUDDIN’S GRAVE now available in EBook Format also



Acceptance is something that we all yearn for but what if you are not accepted? Will you prove yourself or let the time decide?
Latika’s wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn’t think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti’s wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin’s help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?
Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative’s place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late?
Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, “Shamsuddin’s Grave”, is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.

Paromita Goswami is an Indian based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for many travel magazines. She is born in Shillong and spent her growing years in the Northeast before moving to Delhi. “Shamsuddin’s Grave” is her debut novel.

Cover Photograph: Krishanu Chatterjee


Hats off to Paromita Goswami, author of Shamsudin’s Grave, for writing such a good novel.This novel is different, it’s not a story of an MBA Guy, not a story of an engineer, not a story of high class of society, it’s about a daily wage labourer, his plight, his struggle, and a young lady Latika, who explores her different aspect of life along the story of Shamsuddin, and the story represents a real life story, not so perfect, just like real life, where we face different situations, different emotions.

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 18 April 2015
By V. Pratap
Narrative is short and polished, both sad and cheerful wherever required. This is a beautiful novel in regards to characters, feelings and deals with harsh realities.All in all, it is a well structured book which touches the reader and teaches many things. A breezy read as the story flows and keeps you hooked.
4.0 out of 5 stars go for it!, 1 April 2015
By Aayesha Hakim
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