An exclusive preview from Bhaswati Ghosh’s Victory Colony, 1950 published by Yoda Press. (August, 2020)
The sun’s fury had subsided by the time Manas got down at the tram station in Kalighat to return to the camp. Rickshaws were easy to find this time around; with the end of the siesta hour, the city had hobbled back on its limbs. Manas sat down on a rickshaw and opened the dog-eared page of his latest reading companion, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, borrowed from the home library. The plot was engrossing enough and Manas marvelled at the author’s ability to capture a criminal’s internal drama. The action inside one’s head is no less power-packed. Despite its dark undertone, the novel was his antidote to the despondency he experienced on a daily basis.