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A Bowstring winter

A Bowstring winter

Dhruba Hazarika
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It was the code of friendship. Like a bowstring: tight. Like an arrow: straight.’
When John Dkhar arrives at Kaizang restaurant, Shillong, one cold November evening, he has no premonition that his life is about to change forever. A loner by nature, and the very epitome of culture and refinement, John comes across people he will soon be involved with in a deadly game of passion and hatred, trust and treachery: James Kharlukhi, tough and uncompromising, a leader born with a lust for danger; Jennifer d’Santos, companion to James, whose love for John can only lead to tragedy; Charlie, aloof, enigmatic, and cursed with an ugly face which might prove to be his undoing; and Dor Kharkongor, ace archer, the spirit of the hills, caught between single-minded loyalty to James and paternal affection for John.
Set against the lush landscape of ShiIlong, Dhruba Hazarika’s tale of revenge and violence brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of North-East India while narrating a dynamic tale which addresses the universal themes of friendship, loyalty and the inherent loneliness of man.

Imprint: India Penguin

Published: May/2006

ISBN: 9780143061809

Length : 464 Pages

MRP : ₹399.00

A Bowstring winter

Dhruba Hazarika

It was the code of friendship. Like a bowstring: tight. Like an arrow: straight.’
When John Dkhar arrives at Kaizang restaurant, Shillong, one cold November evening, he has no premonition that his life is about to change forever. A loner by nature, and the very epitome of culture and refinement, John comes across people he will soon be involved with in a deadly game of passion and hatred, trust and treachery: James Kharlukhi, tough and uncompromising, a leader born with a lust for danger; Jennifer d’Santos, companion to James, whose love for John can only lead to tragedy; Charlie, aloof, enigmatic, and cursed with an ugly face which might prove to be his undoing; and Dor Kharkongor, ace archer, the spirit of the hills, caught between single-minded loyalty to James and paternal affection for John.
Set against the lush landscape of ShiIlong, Dhruba Hazarika’s tale of revenge and violence brilliantly evokes the sights and smells of North-East India while narrating a dynamic tale which addresses the universal themes of friendship, loyalty and the inherent loneliness of man.

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Dhruba Hazarika

Dhruba Hazarika was born in 1956 in Shillong. He graduated from St Edmunds College, Shillong, in 1976, and obtained his master's degree in economics from Guwahati University. After brief stints as a salesman in Delhi and as a lecturer in economics at Jagiroad College in Assam, he entered the Assam Civil Service in 1983 and is currently
Director of Sports & Youth Welfare, Assam. His short stories have been published in various newspapers including the Sentinel and the Telegraph. He is the founder secretary of the North East Writers' Forum established in 1997. In 1996, he received the Katha Award for Creative Writing in English. He is an avid trekking and martial arts enthusiast and is the president of the All Assam Taekwondo Association.

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