Gautam Maitra


The author was born one and a half-decade after colonial Britishers left South Asia leaving behind a diverse society in great turmoil and a once-prosperous global-prided economy in tatters. He grew up in a large middle-class Bengali joint- family at Kolkata whose ancestral routes would take readers to a village in Phoridpur and Lahiri Jamindari in Pabna(now both in Bangladesh), and to the town of Berhampore in Murshidabad (India) - not far off from where the Nawab of Bengal once ruled Bangla . Graduated from St.Xavier’s College at Kolkata, later qualified from premier finance institute of CA and Cost and later served various organisations in various capacities including as auditor. Since teenage days has written innumerable short stories, essays and poems in English and Bengali and a few of them were published in various online and offline mags like Muse India, Pubali, Jellybean Junction et Cetra. The author’s maiden short story collection s titled “Floating Towel” has already been published and acclaimed by readers. Two more books " Fish(y) Fish and a Dozen Short Stories" and "Mirror of Time - an Anthology of poems" will reach the readers soon.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens, Victor Hugo, R L Stevenson, Hemingway. Sarat Chatterjee( Bengali Language). Ruskin Bond and C Achube
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each day is different. Yet my small garden and the sky outside my bedroom - a morning peek decide how would be the day. If a dark cloud gather and rain is on the way, that makes my day.
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Floating Towel and a Dozen Short Stories
You set the price! Words: 21,490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Literary collections » Asian / General
An accident in a swimming pool, a Town that holds a celebration of human speech, a date with the heroes and villains of human history far up in the heaven, a nerve-wracking examination hall, en, the land of Sun-worshippers and Moon-landers, a hopeful job-interview, the pursuit of happiness ,an encounter with God’s own accountant. Life-changing words flowing away from the lost pages.

Gautam Maitra's tag cloud

budhu    floating towel    life    moonlander    religion    sunworshipper    time   

Smashwords book reviews by Gautam Maitra

  • A to Z Stories of Life and Death on Oct. 29, 2012

    WoW! I am lucky that I didn't miss this one-off journey.....I don't want to spill the beans and spoil another reader's first journey to a red carpeted yet bumpy zig-zag road .surprises wait at every have to be awake with all your senses and take along the sixth sense too to get into the skin of many of the stories. Couple of hours trek into vivid array of characters....these are heavy readings ...many are painful commentary on social issues ....but one thing amaze me ... the social and life issues that author D.Biswas so deftly laced inside the plot, say one for Singapore, or another for USA, yet another for a northern hill girl...the issues are at large in any country the reader belong to and hence would be at ease to identify the same ill in his society as well - difference will be in degree .Two suggestions - One.pictorial background will enhance the appeal and second.The hammering and the pain built up needed a couple of lighter readings in between, just like a movie needs its intermission....I am glad that I read A2Z. If you are an adult, you mustn't have to go far off can have a roller-coaster high-speed quickie .....