Saturday, 10 November 2012

Pentacles by Sabarna Roy

Title: Pentacles
Author: Sabarna Roy
Number of Pages: 84
Cover Price: Rs. 100
Rating: 2.5/5

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Sabarna Roy was born in 1968, is a qualified Civil Engineer from Jadavpur University, Calcutta. He works in a senior management position in a manufacturing and engineering construction company. He started writing during his university days, mostly English and Bengali poems. He stopped writing after he left university and took up employment. After a gap of 19 years, he started writing once again mostly to reconnect with himself.

About this Book:

The book consists of one long story and 4 short poems. 

New Life: It is a long story about a successful man who is deeply disturbed by the loss of his mother. The mother had left the family for another man. It tells how that man goes through different phases like abandonment, love and companionship. The story starts from these lines:

“Loneliness is like smoke. It starts from a definite point and ends up elsewhere, indefinitely. It eats up the soul, actually chews it to miniscule shreds, from inside and out.”

The different elements and characters of the story are beautifully interwoven to produce an intense and compelling story of an adult haunted by the trauma of being deserted by his mother. The work is interspersed with thought-provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India.

The other remaining short poems are: 'The Tower', 'Chasing', '2001-2002' & 'Tara'. These are related to love, loss and longing. I think these should have been more longer and taken to a greater depth.

The book can be a quick read at night even after work or while moving.

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