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From the Diary of a Stoic to Sustainability : Dr. Anandajit Goswami

From the Diary of a Stoic to Sustainability : Dr. Anandajit Goswami

Dr. Anandajit Goswami who started as a scribbler, doodler during a time when he was just 10 has come a long way. However from there the journey till this reference point of five critically acclaimed, popular fiction books have been accidental and unplanned. For that matter, he claims that he is not a – “Writer”. Rather, he is an agent searching a magical mirror to self-heal. A social scientist and economist by training, Dr. Goswami currently is the HOD of the Department of Social and Political Studies of the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences at the Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies. A doyen of multiple crafts, Mr. Goswami is an avid musician, composer and singer along with being a fierce social activist who has worked for the betterment of the society. However, he says that – “All of these processes in my life somewhat gets an expression in my books.”

These life processes of Dr. Goswami in a way have transformed to books like – “The Rise of the Club of Central Tendency” highlighting social marginalisation, rise of the subaltern, gender neutrality, a defiance of hidden racism and caste culture. His books always in a simplistic way narrate the complex patterns of a societal process through a parallelism between complex varying patterns of society with a generic, simplistic thread binding those patterns. The best part in some of his books is his cathartically dealing with deep, complex tapestry of humanistic psychology and human psychology through simple story telling lined out with a layer of hope as an undercurrent. It is this hope through which he weaves injustice of social, caste layers, gender fluidities with the concept of statistics on one hand and on the other hand like a psychological counsellor, mental health expert he actually takes his reader to a therapy session in a police counselling room. This happens very starkly after reading the two books – “The Rise of the Club of Central Tendency” and “The Pink Gender: The Extended”. However, if anyone thinks that his art of weaving various academic disciplines is only limited to these two books then there are more shocks from his armoury.

 

From the Diary of a Stoic to Sustainability : Dr. Anandajit Goswami

He surprises us with a wide range of multiple layers in his two science fiction books – “Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability” and “Lucy Meets Artificial Intelligence” co-authored with Debashis Chakraborty. It took many, multiple, multifarious approach based reading of – “Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability” to decipher that there are so many layers to it. May be all the layers of the creator to create this masterpiece series of dystopia, sustainability, science fiction, philosophy, political science and so many other subjects comes from his own conflicting identities. According to him his book layers are – “Just like music with a heart, soul finding a way of expression.”

He simplifies the mortality and humility of human existence in front of the magnanominous – Love, Understanding, Creativity and Youth (LUCY). Mr. Goswami sustainability plans to continue with next destinations of the Lucy series and on some dream projects on identity, conflict, violence and human rights. Those projects are not stoic in any sense, even though the same word has found a reference in the title of Dr. Goswami’s diary and scribbling. He has always been at the receiving end of praise for his commitment towards the society and recently his two masterpieces, Pink Gender: The Extended and Lucy and The Train: Tryst with Sustainability have been nominated for the esteemed The LIT Digital Awards 2020.

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