It was the best of times and it was the worst of time as Charles Dickens rightly said.
The quarantine is a very unique event in our lives. Even generations who have seen the World Wars confess that it is most dangerous when the real enemy is not visible. The biggest tactical disadvantage that we have in this war against COVID 19 is that you can’t trust anyone. From a stranger to your co-passenger to your next-door-neighbour to a family member, just anyone can transmit the Corona virus to you. It is as if the virus is a shape shifter and can take any form or shape.
And thus social distancing has become the grand narrative, and the only way to break the chain of the spread of Corona.
The quarantine and lockdown has become a norm rather than an exception during this war against the killer virus. And even in these extreme times of extreme measures when the intensity of emotions and feelings are at an extreme, love conquers all. May be not in its conventional pristine form, but love sure blossoms in an unconventional grey or even dark form.
These six love stories are slices of lives across different segments of the society and how the quarantine and lockdown irreversibly changed their lives forever. The world for them is no longer the same. So Dark Love has been the inspiration in penning these six stories. The first story is about an affair between two office colleagues, the second explores the story of a male escort, who indulges in multiple affairs with clients. The third is about two people hooking up in an airport while the fourth is a narrative about a couple-both who indulge in an illicit affair. The fifth showcases a doctor's paternal love to a girl who reminds him of his daughter while the last explores the complexity of the relationship between three people.
The Quarantined has you!
Praises for the author and his books
“Wishing Mahul all the success in all that he endeavours.”
Ratan N. Tata
“I wish Mahul’s book all the success.”
Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council
“If there is one person who is eminently qualified to write about luxury, it is Mahul.”
Keshari Nath Tripathi, Hon. Governor of West Bengal (Former)
“Let more writings come through the pen of Mahul.”
Mamata Banerjee, Hon Chief Minister of West Bengal
“You and your writings always have all my blessings Mahul.”
Harish Bhat, Author, Brand Custodian of Tata Sons
“Congratulations and best wishes for your new book, Mahul!”
Kunal Basu, Author
“The romance of luxury has waited long for such a deft rendition of insight and eloquence.”
Sarnath Banerjee, Graphic Novelist, Author
“A quiet voice that will have a thundering impact. An essential read.”
Arnab Chakraborty, National Director, UN-Empretec Programme for India
“I love the way Mahul deconstructs the mystical world of luxury with his simple, direct, matter-of-fact lucid style of narration.”