""After 25 years of simultaneously combining professions, Pankaj Kurulkar is a very rare combination of a very successful professional writer and businessman. His books, novellas, and short stories have won five prestigious literary awards, and though young for such ultimate recognition, he has already won a major, lifetime award for his body of literature in its various forms.
Brilliantly varied in theme, character, and action, the three novellas and four short stories are unified and illuminated by the great subject of Mr. Kurulkar's work: his profound, compassionate, and philosophically inspired vision of the human condition. He is acutely sensitive to the uncertainties, complexities, contradictions, and the apparently endless suffering of life-for everyone.
What we come to realize and are reminded of in story after story is regardless of the specifics of the characters, their situations, agonies, loved others, and the vast diversity of their cultural, moral, financial, social, generational, religious, familial, parental, personal, and professional values, beliefs, haunting lack of belief, and more, is the bleak, stark, grim perception that life is suffering, and the very often, the characters' choices are as simple as they are horrific: keep living...or die.
His profound sensitivity to the people and world around him have enabled him to develop a deep sense of the intricacies of the human mind, and how that complex mental whole works together. His decades of writing and life experience have evolved into a wise, mature and visionary philosophy of life, which he integrates into his stories in all forms. He also has a very sharp social and political acumen.