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.
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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