Room in Our Hearts, eclectic mixture of short stories from Kashmir

Editor | Fiction

These are the tales of our times, of ordinary people, their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their beliefs and doubts, and their desire to get along in life despite multiple challenges.

Of people who have been uprooted from their homes and are trying to find their moorings again, of the people they left behind, and of the unbreakable bonds that connect them despite the forces of disruption and discord.

KL Chowdhury draws upon his experiences as a physician and a keen observer of people to present this colourful bouquet. The author’s sympathetic eye and humanity shine through each of these stories.

The duality of human nature—the good and bad, the indulgence and indifference, the trust and scepticism, the love and hatred—resonates in all the stories and make Room in Our Hearts a riveting read.

KL Chowdhury’s first two volumes of short stories—Faith and Frenzy and Why Don’t You Convert? —have won much critical acclaim, and this third collection is even finer.

About the author:

Born in Kashmir, Kundan Lal Chowdhury is an acclaimed poet, essayist and storyteller. His poems, diary extracts, essays and short stories have appeared in national and international journals. A recipient of several awards— including the ‘Best Book Award’ in English language from the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages—he has published four anthologies, a travelogue, and two volumes of short stories.

Dr. Chowdhury is also an academic, researcher and a practicing physician. He runs a charitable hospital at Jammu and has researched and written extensively on the Health Trauma of Kashmiri Pandit Refugees. A popular radio personality, his talks have become a big draw globally for Kashmiri speaking people.

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