Author: Sujit Banerjee
Publisher: Frog Books, an imprint of Leadstart Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Cover : 2.5/5
Title : 2/5
Blurb : 3.5/5
Value for money: 3.5/5
Overall : 4/5
Twenty six stories flow – some into each other, some crossing one another and few charting their own path. Each breathe independently and fade away after reflecting on their own existence. Each story explore an independent emotion leaving you to make our own conclusion.
If Farzana tries to deal with her own masochism then Hemakshi deals with her empty womb. If Gustav reflects on his two night stand then Palash comes face to face with his past lover only to realize he no longer loves him. Siraj’s decision to sell his his child body comes to a clash with Manu’s trial by God. Last but not the least – Zayan reminiscences on his life an hour before being hanged.
Let them rain on you, soak you and take you on a roller coaster ride.
Rukhsat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee is a collection of 26 stories each titled after the characters who are named after the 26 alphabets of English language. The stories are as below-
- Abhimanyu: The story of the birth straight from an unborn child.
- Bhushan: An old love and an illegitimate son.
- Chitra: On one-sided love and its repercussions on both.
- Devesh: About a married couple and their lost yet regained faith in love.
- Eklavya: A letter unread forever.
- Farzana: Experiences of our early life help us build notions.
- Gustav: The memory of a few days’ love is sometimes enough to last a lifetime.
- Hemakshi: Multiple miscarriages and its effects on the protagonist’s mental health.
- Indu: About a dead lady who returns on earth but is oblivious of her being dead.
- Jaba: A girl with a knack for running away from home.
- Karan: Sometimes strangers change you for good.
- Lotika: Comprises one has to make to fulfill one’s life dreams.
- Manu: On karma and re-birth.
- Nitin: A planned crime for revenge.
- Omi: A love story incomplete forever.
- Palash: In continuation to the previous story but from the perspective of another character.
- Qamar: Learning the history of the house he is staying in.
- Reena: About counseling and the effects it has.
- Siraj: Things one does for feeding oneself.
- Thammaiah: On desires and old-age.
- Utkarsh: A story interestingly linked to Manu and Thammaiah.
- Varun: The after-effects of a fleeting moment’s decision.
- Wasim: About the man who had once crossed Siraj’s life.
- X for Xitij: An innocent love story.
- Yasmin Bibi: Of broken hopes and dreams.
- Z for Zayan: The story of a boy who is sold at a young age and goes on to become a terrorist.
None with regards to writing per se. Although I hoped that the cover design be better and the title too could have been better thought of.
The idea of titling the stories after the 26 alphabets of English was a distinct thought and gave an appealing edge to the book on the whole. Narration follows international standards of literature writing and I would like to congratulate Sujit on this achievement. The stories beautifully cover the various aspects of life and its charm via simple incidents and relative experiences. A few characters of certain stories have been covered as separate stories and it was splendid how these stories interconnected and gave a clear bigger picture.
An anthology of 26 characters you wouldn’t want to miss (4/5)
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