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This collection of short stories is an assimilation of ideas, characters and language. It makes one embark on a journey that is thought-provoking, beautiful and real, all at the same time, and leaves one feeling both fulfilled yet hoping for more. The author is a man of many talents and wide experience. He started his career as a commissioned officer in the Indian Navy. After nine years of service, including a year spent on deputation to command a Company of the Border Roads in North Sikkim, he resigned his commission and joined a private sector industry in Kolkata. He went on to become its Managing Director, and then switched to be the President of a Joint Sector Company in Srinagar, Kashmir. Subsequently, he was the Director of a prestigious MBA school (IMT Ghaziabad), when he wrote his book Mind your Management which won the Best Management Book of the Year Award from NTPC-DMA. Irrespective of the jobs he was doing, Sharat Kumar always upheld his love for literarture. Besides many short stories, his first novel Shikhar aur Seemayen based on his experiences in Sikkim won the literary award of the Delhi Hindi Committee. His other Hindi novel, Lal Kothi Alvida was made into a TV serial and eighty-two half hour episodes of it were telecast at prime time by Doordarshan. He also directed a full-length art film based on this novel which received Certificates of Special Merit at International Film Festivals at Strasbourg and Philadelphia, and a Mejor Actriz, Rashi B Award at Festival de Granada, and was screened at Festival du Cinema de Bruxelles. -Dr. Sonal Parmar, Editorial Consultant, National School of Drama What we find in these stories are documentations, and careful unfolding of the everyday events around us, and how the disturbed individual in the modern world continues to struggle against odds. Sharat Kumars collection of deep, insightful narratives do not just disturb the reader. But in doing so introduces them to a world where serenity does not come as a marching platoon of motivational ideas, but as a series of sonorous drops resulting from an individual struggle in life. Kumars collection of stories are about the common mans life. There is no heroic feat by any of the characters, no other worldly inventions, if there are gods, demons and apsaras, then they are humanized. These stories are about the common that is thrown into the chaos of a fractured modernity. -Arijeet Mondal, PhD (literature) scholar, University of Delhi The White Marble Burzi and Other Stories by Sharat Kumar is a collection that will leave the readers with a calming sense of the indecipherable beauty of life, love and remembering. The writing sustains a languid grace throughout the stories. Several of Kumars stories espouse a travelogue style description of places and situations with minute attention paid to details. These stories are a charming ode to love, longing and many mysteries of life that cannot be solved but only enjoyed. -Rituparna Sengupta, Freelance Journalist.