Book Review – A New Lease Of Life by Sarmita Dey

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A New Lease Of Life

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I am not very fond of short stories, especially the ones well written by good authors. I know you are already frowning and wondering if I am writing this with a hangover. Well you guessed it right! I am struggling with a hangover. A hangover of the plethora of emotions that I am engulfed with after reading the collection of short stories – A New Lease of Life  by Sarmita Dey. No Seriously! I am having a difficult time keeping my mind straight and my heart from bleeding with the intense emotions that the various stories in the book managed to arouse within me.

(I hope you understand my state of mind now. I have all the intention to explain it some more)

To bring such diverse stories into one ensemble, all emotional to the point of making one cry is no easy feat.  After reading every story, I had to give myself and my heart a break to heal itself of the emotions it felt throughout that particular story. But while my heart took that break, it also yearned to get back to continue reading to find out what’s going to happen in the next story. That way I was constantly struggling between wanting to take breaks to recover from the emotional overload and reflect on my own life, and wanting to finish the book as soon as possible.

Book Review – A New Lease Of Life

The very first story about love reuniting in mid-air is really heart-warming and reinstates ones belief in the significance of friendship, love and humanity (yes, all packed into one) in life.

Sarmita then moves on to tell the story of a young power couple who lose their beautiful relationship to lack of patience and certain misconception of what they could or could not expect from each other. It very sensitively deals with the issue of how we set unrealistic expectations from those who we love and how sometimes we fail to get an insight into the other side

Comes up next is Mili and Vipin’s story, where the two fall in love, then fall out and years later are at crossroads, struggling to figure whether they should limit themselves to the ethical norms or pursue each other relentlessly.

“You know Anu! Sometimes the person is so important that the nature of your relationship with that person does not really matter. Whatever our circumstances, I am thankful to god that I can still manage to call her and figure if she is doing fine in her life. That’s what really matters.”

Mili and Vipin’s story reminds me of the above words once said by a friend in response to my exasperating ranting on why he was torturing himself by going to his ex-girlfriend’s wedding.

Oh! I could go on and write about all the stories with equal fervor, because they all touch your heart and raise a storm of memories. Some of these memories might be about your own life, while others might be about those whom you have known in your life.

One story that touched my heart the most was Mani and Sujit’s story. The story that spans several years, brings out varied emotions such as love, anger, hatred, loathing while you read it. But in the end it leaves you with a bitter taste with a lingering hope of sweetness. Yes, it talks about the power of forgiveness.

My Verdict

Sarmita Dey is amazingly seasoned in her way of tackling emotions. This I say because for somebody who has come up with her first novel, she has done an amazing job. Every story of A New Lease Of Life and the issues dealt in each of them makes one ponder on what really should be ones priorities in life. And once you get the undercurrents in these stories, you realize that petty things do not add any value. The key to happiness and a fulfilling life is in having a large heart and moving up without the burden of the past.

Sarmita Dey holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Calcutta University. In spite of the busy schedule at her work place and at home, where she gives quality time to her family, she is a dedicated writer, penning down lines for her stories and poems whenever she finds time. Her creative instincts, imagination, love for nature and travel have all honed her writing skills. A New Lease of Life is her debut book. She is the co-admin of a Facebook page called Velvet Box. Though Kolkata continues to remain her first home, she has been a resident of Mumbai for the past eight years and is indebted to the city and its endearing people for helping her nurture her passions.

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Sarmita Dey September 9, 2018 at 3:43 am

This review indeed turns me emotional. I have this sudden desire to re-read my words and go through the plethora of emotions that you have so vividly described in eloquent words. The stories ran through my veins while I was penning them down. But did I love my characters as much as you loved them? Is this a weird thought that comes to the mind? Maybe..but your words have made this journey so purposeful. I know that even on a dreary day, thoughts of this review will add much color to my life and make me sit up and go for the pen.

Anupriya..Am really so so happy that many of my stories touched the chord of your heart and resonated with you to the point of making you weep. In your tears, I find happiness. I only wish that more people read the book and find a part of themselves hidden somewhere between the pages of the book. If a reader in some part of the world, gets a new lease of life, a realization about embracing the good as well as the bad(experiences that life throws up at times), I will consider myself successful.

Something that should have found mention in the first line but guess your words gave me a hangover too..but I am out of it now as I have conveyed in my simple language, the implications of your heartfelt review. Those two little words, “Thank you” but through them, would like to convey a heartful of gratitude; this indeed means so much to a debut author.

Rohan Kachalia September 9, 2018 at 4:33 pm

A nice review, Anupriya and some of the stories that you mentioned made me check out the book.

smitha September 9, 2018 at 5:25 pm

a nice review & a nice title of the book 🙂
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Mayuri Nidigallu September 10, 2018 at 1:11 pm

This is the first time i have heard of this book and Sarmita Dey. Your review has invoked enough curiosity for me to go look for this book, and I shall be doing that. Thanks for sharing.

Varad September 10, 2018 at 1:26 pm

A story hits the mark, when it evokes an emotion, any emotion, in the reader’s heart. The most remembered and appreciated stories leave an emotional scar. The Mayor of Casterbridge is one. I remember reading it for the first time and being so emotionally shook for a long time. I liked the review of this book, you have not constrained with the usual trope used by reviewers and instead listed how each short story impacted you. That makes me curious to read this book. Well done, Anupriya.

Mayura Amarkant September 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm

Seems extremely interesting! Will surely take a look. Thank you for writing this one. #MyFriendAlexa #MayuraReads

vidhya thakkar September 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Sounds like an Interesting read! will be reading soon! #Viddhreads #Myfriendalexa

Sitharaam Jayakumar September 10, 2018 at 2:18 pm

When I was in grade school I used to read Agatha Christie’s suspense thrillers. Those days I never had patience to read her novels containing short stories. I always used to go in for her full length novels. Same was the case with other authors. It was some four months back that I was urged to try my hand at flash-fiction by a friend. That was when I realised that it takes a great amount of talent and skill to take a reader through a plethora of emotions even using fewer words. I have started reading books containing short stories since then. I also write flash-fiction myself based on photo prompts given by people like Sue Vincent on a weekly basis and other challenges like the Bar-A-Thon. I am thankful to say that my attempts have received a reasonably good reception. I will definitely pick A New Lease Of Life sometime Stories of Reunion somtime. Seems to be a very promising read.

Pragnya Mishra September 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

I love reading short stories and one shots They always tell the story, portray emotions and characters are sketched in short and on point. Readung your overwhelming experience with stories, I am curious to read this set of short stories in a book. Seems like a good reads. Can you share links where I can get it?

Varsha Bagadia September 10, 2018 at 6:56 pm

I’m not too fond of short stories, to be honest. I like stories to develop slowly and let me absorb the nuances of every character. That said, this book seems like something I’ll enjoy. The getting heartbroken but still wanting to go back reminds me too much of The Fountainhead. Without pain and struggle any love story is incomplete, isn’t it?
I’ll sit with a box of tissues while reading this because I tend to get too involved in books.

Vartika Gakhar September 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Hey Anupriya, I am loving your book reviews girl. This one sounds like an interesting read. Btw just finished reading on blog on Women’s Web featured today. Great going.

Anupriya September 10, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Thanks Vartika. Your words mean a lot

arv September 10, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I think I will pick this book since I like short stories. There has been a spate of new releases with short stories. Signaling change of time?

Paresh Godhwani September 10, 2018 at 9:26 pm

It looks like the book is very interesting. And you have reviewed it equally well. I don’t like short stories until they are really well written. If it brought out your emotions then it would be really good. Will check out.

Tina September 10, 2018 at 10:02 pm

reuniting in mid-air is something romantic and fresh. Will pick up this book most probbaly

Anagha Yatin September 11, 2018 at 10:50 am

I love to read short stories and then dwell for long before I take up next story to read from that collection. A story is well narrated, well portrayed if it ends and still continues to grow, linger in the mind of the reader.
After reading your review, I wish to lay my hands on this book of short stories.
Thanks for sharing this book.

Rashi Mital September 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Sounds a very interesting book, anupriya. You have written a great review and you had me in the beginning of the post itself. Added to my the. Thanks. #LiveItYoungReads #MyFriendAlexa


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