If a River and other stories
Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | Translated into English
If a River and other stories ()
In a narrative that is fresh, spontaneous and inventive, Kula Saikia delves into the inner feelings of his characters to explore their psychological landscape. The complexities of urban living are depicted in apparently simple storylines and day-to-day situations, but the author frequently forays into the minds of the characters to fathom human desires and anxieties. The chaos, violence and disorder occurring in the physical world are reflected in the recesses of the mind, which makes reading the stories both fascinating and puzzling. Saikia’s characters lead a multi-layered life in search of identity and purpose and display as well as hide their joy and tears.
Dr Kula Saikia (b. 1959, Assam) holds the rank of Director General of Police in charge of law and order of Assam. He has eighteen published collections of short stories to his credit, as well as a novel. He has written three plays and scripted two telefilms for Doordarshan. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 2015 for his collection of stories, Akashar Chhabi Aru Ananya Galpa.
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