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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Elixir



Manisha, sits in a cafe where an old man serves her a cup of coffee while another man sits at a corner table. She had a long day at the office and despite the success in the corporate world, there is a corner of her heart that is void. The repeated bouts of headaches and uneasiness leave her drained of the energy. She goes home and pops in some pills and after a while falls asleep. A dream takes over and changes her life forever!

This is just a very brief story of very few characters in this brilliant book written by a blogger Sinjini Sengupta. This is her maiden attempt at storytelling and speaks volumes of the insight she has into the way of life of a highflyer in the society. The portrayal of characters gives a feel of the world around the ones who have touched the pinnacles of success. The husband Amit, who has a very successful career too, has little time for his wife! There is no dearth of such characters that one can come across in today's world where the size of a bungalow, or a car, and the branded pieces strewn around the house are a measure of success! While the pursuit of material success may be held in high esteem but the emptiness of lives of those who fill these spaces is rarely understood.

Sinjini has a unique style of writing with the choicest diction and a perfect understanding of human emotions. The setting of clouds and frequent rain paused with bouts of severe headaches that the main protagonist suffers, do appear frequently but never slacken the pace. Each character comes to life as the words smoothly flow from the pen of Sinjini.

A compulsive reading, and little wonder that this book has been made into a short film which has already won several awards at The Cannes Film Festival, Boston Caledioscope Film Festival, Kolkata Short Film Festival, just to name a few. Sinjini was a keynote speaker at the recently concluded Valley of the Words 2017, and BNLF at Dehradun in November 2017.

PS: I had the privilege to meet Sinjini at VOW/ BNLF at Dehradun and get a signed copy of her book

10 comments:

  1. Hi Rahul, thanks for introducing me to Sinjini's book, I'll look it up online. Good luck Sinjini!

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    1. Thank you Rachna! The book is very interesting, do read it.

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  2. Thank you so much Rahul, you've expressed the crux of Elixir so well and in so little space. I'm glad Elixir resonated with you.

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    1. Many thanks Sinjini, for your kind appreciation and coming from the horse's pen( in this case) it means a lot!Wishing you even more success.

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  3. Sounds like a very interesting premise for a story.

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  4. Do read this book Purba, you wouldn't be disappointed:)

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  5. That is an especially good written article. i will be able to take care to marker it and come back to find out further of your helpful data. many thanks for the post. i will be able to actually come back.

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