Shyamadas Mallick born during the colonial regime remembers his childhood days and that era vividly when he writes .This lends a unique taste and strength to his writing not generally tried at modern times. This creative past is felt in the first book of his Kali trilogy, titled The Days of Rolling Weeds and Nights of Fireflies, to which, the present title, The Whistle and The Hummingbirds is a sequel. He has a Masters in English literature with a background of All India Service. His words are born out of his experience and emotion with relation to the past and the present. The author, in both the books, is as humorous as, the situations are hilarious.
Kali, the Whistle, in the story,
never liked the idea of using his whistle as a means to call his colleagues
literally or symbolically. He always acted on his own, trying hard to resist
the existing subculture in the service he joined. This produced many
difficulties for him. In his subconscious mind he presumed that the whistle had
a more significant role to play than merely calling for help. But could Kali
really resist the subculture in the end or fall victim to it? The whistle in
the story represents police of that era and the hummingbirds, the political
psyche of the ruling people. ...