A new breed of young Bihari fiction writers have emerged

Of late , a new breed of young Bihari fiction writers have emerged that breathe fresh life. These writers have created a niche for themselves among the readers across the globe and have given signal loud and clear that they are here to stay. The list includes the likes of Tabish Khair, Amitava Kumar Siddharth Chowdhury and among others.

The latest among the lot is Murlidhar Srivastava who has penned down his debut fiction 'Love Destiny and Those Two days' which has been published last month by a well-known Delhi based puiblishing house. "In this 206 page book I have raised a pressing issue of superstition, particularly the overdose of astro predictions and belief through a love story so that it advances from its mere purpose of entertainment to raise some awareness as well"", he told TOI.

Srivastava, a resident of Muzaffarpur district worked for about twenty five years with a central public sector undertaking Indian Drug and Pharmaceuticals Ltd in its marketing division as marketing executive before option for VRS. Currently he resides at Patna and is engaged in some IT enabled services.

"It is a mystifying saga of love, betrayal and belief in the backdrop of Bangalore during late 80s. It took me one year to complete this book. I have received an encouraging response from different parts of the country including Bangalore, Patna, Delhi and Lucknow ", Srivastava he told TOI.

Bihar's celebrated writer Amitava Kumar, a journalist-author born in Ara, Bihar was raised in Patna. Currently, he teaches English on the Helen D. Lockwood Chair at Vassar college, New York. Kumar has already authored 'Husband of a Fanatic', 'Bombay-London-New York' and 'Passport Photos'. He has also penned a book of poems, 'No Tears for the NRI Husband of a Fanatic' was an "Editors' Choice" book at the New York Times.

Another talented Bihar born and educated mostly in Gaya, Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including the poetry collection,' Where Parallel Lines Meet' (Penguin, 2000), the study, Babu Fictions: Alienation in Indian English Novels (Oxford UP, 2001) and the novel,

Khair's novel, Filming: A Love Story (2007), examines memory and guilt against the backdrop of the Partition and the 1940s Bombay film industry. Ranked by Khushwant Singh as one of the best twenty novels in English by Indians or writers of Indian origin, it received positive and rave reviews in British and Asian publications and was short-listed for India's main fiction award.

Siddharth Chowdhury (1974) was born in Patna and educated in Delhi. Chowdhury's 'Patna Roughcut' {2005} has already acclaimed worldwide. In Patna Roughcut, the narrative begins with Ritwik Ray, a reporter, returning to his hometown Patna after completing his Master's in Delhi.

The recent fiction written by a Bihar government official Yateen Suman (B Tech) 'Love In a Wooden Box' explores the college life of four freshers - Gautam, Puresh, Sandeep, and Deepak. The book reads like a memoir of the author's college days, as he accurately describes college life in the 90s, before cell phones became ubiquitous.

Now the youngest 23-year-old Patna university research scholar Ashutosh Kumar has also authored a book "The Great Return of Doctor Fautus" which has been appreciated by several academicians of Bihar. A resident of Darbhanga district Is interested in more creative writing in English.

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