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A Gang of Five is a collection consisting of one long story and four long poems. The work delightfully bridges the gap between the mundane and arcane writings of today and provides an interesting yet intellectually stimulating treat for the discerning reader.
New Life is a long story written from the perspective of a successful adult whose mother had deserted the family for another man. The teenage angst and the scars it has lost behind on the psyche of the protagonist are subtly reflected in the character. 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.
Unshackled by the bonds of traditional rhyme and metre the free verses evoke the stark reality of urban life, hitting you straight in the guts. The use of everyday urban imagery adds to the appeal of the compositions. The concrete prison of modern urban life and the unfulfilled desire to escape to a simple life is aptly brought out in The Tower. The other poems of the collection are more biographical in nature and the free verses sketch out life stories of three women with its attendant pathos, poignancy and logic.
Sabarna Roy (43) is a qualified Civil Engineer from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He works in a senior management position in a manufacturing and engineering construction company.
He is widely traveled in India and lives in Kolkata with his son. He is an avid reader and movie buff.
He started writing during his University days: mostly English and Bengali poems. He stopped writing after he had left University and joined work. After a gap of 19 years he started writing once again mostly to reconnect with himself.
In the period of 19 years when he did not write, he spent his non-working hours reading, listening to music and watching world cinema. He loves reading Tolstoy, Chekov, Rabindranath, Eliot, Manik Bandopadhyay, Satyajit Ray, Kundera and Pamuk the most. He is hooked onto Mozart, Turkish and Egyptian music and M.S.Subbalaxmi. In cinema his favorites are, Aparajito; Pratidwandi; Rashoman; Eight and a Half; Breathless; Head-on; Birds; Vertigo; Sunset Boulevard; Sacrifice; Garam Hawa and Tare Zameen Par.
Other works by Sabarna Roy:
* 9 Lives and a Death (a collection of 10 short stories by Chillibreeze) http://www.chillibreeze.com/ebooks/9Lives.asp
* Mainak and I - One night in the ocean (a collection of 21 poems by Chillifreeze) http://www.chillifreeze.com/publish_your_book/mainak_and_i.aspx
* Quadrilateral (a collection of 4 short stories by Sanbun) http://books.google.co.in/books?id=HsDNLpGPPBQC&pg=PA1&dq=quadrilateral+by+sabarna+roy&cd=1#v=onepage&q=quadrilateral%20by%20sabarna%20roy&f=false
(Go to Google books and search for Quadrilateral by Sabarna Roy)
* Ajante (a play in Bengali published in Bohurupee Journal no. 112)
Author's page on Oxford Bookstore Website: http://www.oxfordbookstore.com/dotcom/oxford/much_more/4_books_promo/index.htm
Interview with the author on the Oxford BookStore Website: http://www.oxfordbookstore.com/dotcom/oxford/much_more/interview_sabarna_roy/index.htm