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Beautiful Forest.

Must’ve been about 12 AM in Kumirmari.

‘Be careful’ Shabbir said to his 35 week pregnant wife.

‘I want some mangoes…. Now’ Najma said pleadingly.

‘ok ,ok let me see what I can do’ answered a loving husband.

Two hours later, she was dead. Her belly bled.

Nails had clawed her baby out.

Beautiful Forest.

Gyanban thoughts - We live in an ironical world. The hunter becomes the hunted is applicable to both man and the tiger.This "ficto-reality" is dedicated to all those poor villagers who fell prey to the Sunderban man-eaters.

image courtesy :japantimes.


  1. Ouch. I cringed at the image it brought to my mind! :|
    Good one.

  2. Hi.. I loved this 55! I dint quite understand in the beginning. But after reading about the sunderban incident.. Superb Gyan!
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  3. uff! another thought provoking 55-er....
    made the curious cat in me read more bout the cats in your story.
    good one... ;-)

  4. This is like the best of whatever I have read of you. May be because of the emotional content, but will rate it higher...liked it even more than the aparajita series. keep posting :-)

  5. huh? this is kinda weird... :-(

  6. It is interesting you say that because both are different genres,styles,and contexts.
    Am glad you liked it.

  7. thanks - am glad you liked it.

  8. Well thank you Shruti - I am glad you understood.

    Thank you for the award.! That was kind of you.:-)

  9. Thanks Nikita. trust me reality is even more gory.

  10. Very nice plot... Interesting 55! :)

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  12. Am glad you liked it.merci.

  13. sounds coola - will check.

  14. I am aware of that and I still stand by what I said :P. firstly may be its very difficult to write a 55 and am amazed at the way you churn out one after the other. being verbose doesnt matter but being simple does.
    also, this remains 'my' favourite because of the backdrop. as they say in bengali "soda mati nona jol" connect. :-)

  15. personally, writing Aparajita series was a bit challenging,complex characters,tying story lines,maintaining pace,editing, etc. whereas the only difficulty in a 55 is to have a strong crux - no time to build or weave a plot - which is also becomes a restriction in some sense for creativity. my preference is always for the longer version of the game - as they say in cricket.

  16. ah! well! the classic 5 day matches. anyways keep posting :-)

  17. :-l frankly speaking, i didn't like it. As much as i know you so far as a blogger-reader, I am comfortable sharing my honest comment with you. There are three reasons for me disliking it.

    1. My current mental state (you will know it later)
    2. The title. (Though i understand the title was not supposed to be taken face value)
    3. Your earlier stories have raised your own benchmark and this fails short of it.

    Looking forward to your future stories :)

  18. I certainly hope and pray may you mind mental peace.

    Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you feedback.

  19. I liked the story but I didn't like what happened to the woman. :(
    It was a nice post. :)

  20. I know it is sad...but true.Read the Sunderban link and you ll know.

    Thanks am glad you liked the story.

  21. It is indeed.Considering that it happened for real.

  22. Ah. The disturbing truth...Beautiful forest...Ironical isn't it?

  23. Very ironical indeed.Hence the title.

  24. Weird......but beautiful....very well written and congrats for selecting such a meaningful title.

  25. Whoa.. u gave me goose bumps. Beautifully written.. short but strong. Amazing work..

  26. That was a good one :)

  27. i didn't the tiger did he he !:-) thank Annyesha am glad you liked it.

  28. Lord such a riveting 55ier!
    That end is like a nightmare.
    (Amitav Ghosh took you to Kumirmari? :P)

  29. Thank you.

    True - how I'd love to go with Amitav Ghosh ona Sunderban safari.

  30. Beautiful Forest.. how ironical..

    Gave me goose bumps.. Can't imagine the terror of the inhabitants residing there..

    But I wonder if we can actually blame the wild animal.. After all we have been encroaching on their turf and preying of them for our own selfish needs..

  31. Yes Nikki

    that is the irony indeed....what if there were only tigers and no humans ? The ecological balance would still get disturbed isnt it ?

  32. I can't see old comments? :S if am right even i had made a comment earlier in this post .... where are the comments?

  33. I have no clue LR - this disqus is playing funny- cant see them either...


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