Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Book Review - Rukhsat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

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" A book that all shelves must contain. A perfect read , anytime, anywhere. Magic oozing from the pages that seemingly looks mere black and white to the outsider."


I could never imagine that a black and white cover can be so Beautiful if I hadn't bumped into Rukhsat. The Monotonous cover has a beauty in itself which is impossible for me to explain. There is the sketch of a tree which is losing it's leaves and there is a white background to it which leaves us a lot to ponder upon.


Rukhsat is an Arabic word that means departure. The author has chosen such a beautiful title with a yet more beautiful collection of short tales in a span of 260 pages! I am mesmerised by the choice of words, framing of the sentences and the final execution. The stories, are exceptionally good and none is better than the rest. The level maintains a standard and doesn't sink!


Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul. 

Could not agree more! This is certainly one of the best books right now in my bookshelf!


Well, there are 26 different characters in the story and its impossible for me to explain each and everyone of them! But I assure you, all of them are different yet united entities in the current century. The theme is departing and the author has done complete justice to the theme! Most of the stories are tragic, which I was very sad about but the happy ones really made me elated. I could relate to the characters and Let me list the favourite one below.


My favourites are, undoubtedly, Devesh and Gustav. Both are contrasting stories but I loved these two most. The amazing twists of this story, Devesh really shocked me and forced me to text the Author if it was really true! The happy ones in the story are a great relief after the sad stories that will almost make you cry!

Plus point


Some of the stories are correlated, And my favourite was, Eklavya and Gustav! Both the stories narrate the tale of two people from both points of view and it made me cry as the emotions stirred up in me!


I will rate this book 4.5/5 stars!  I cant wait for the next product by the author!

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About the Author

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, Sujit grew up in Patna, where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology, from Patna University and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. His work took him all over the globe and introduced him to the worlds of Mayans and Aztecs. He started getting interested in Shamanic ways, in healing and joined Pranic Healing courses to become a certified healer. Today, he both heals as well as reads Tarot cards. He continues to work in tourism and lives in Delhi. This is his first work of fiction

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