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SABARNA ROY: A PROMISING STORYTELLER FROM KOLKATA

Sabarna Roy was born in Calcutta on December 15, 1967. He is presently working as the Senior Vice President [Business Development] at Electrosteel Castings Limited.

Writing always has been the semblance of our emotions and is often used to portray our deepest emotions, which are rarely dented by any external force. Our writings in more ways than one decipher our own personality and thought-process towards the society and help us to serve the society for a greater good. Sabarna Roy is one such writer in this post-modern times who has portrayed the various complex yet obvious emotions playing inside a human being! He has always touched those aspects of the human story, which either other writers are afraid of or ignore in order to venture a safer path. His creativity is bereft of any boundaries as he has always led by example and has mastered into various forms whether it be novels, dramas, poesies, stories or any other form which could serve the true purpose of literature. Mr. Roy has penned down various literary masterpieces under various titles which are: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020.

Sabarna’s long-short story, The Prank in Frosted Glass is one of the brightest examples of black comedy. His novella, New Life from Pentacles and Incomplete Conversations Set Pieces from Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018 experiments with incomplete prose leaving almost everything to the imagination of his readers. This intentional incompleteness not only tests the imagination of readers but also gives us a reality check of our own morality. Duality, the novella from his latest book, is a drama of ideas and not characters; ideas in this novella become characters, which by itself is an experimental style of writing in Indian English writing. Abyss, Sabarna’s full-length play in two acts is only a crime thriller on the surface; it is actually an examination of very critical ideas, like land for agriculture versus land for industrialization, and the working ethics of an author, and the intricacies of the mother-daughter relationship in upper-class society.

Sabarna in his literary writings excels in narrations of love, loss, betrayal, and melancholy around urban life in Calcutta/Kolkata between the 1970s and today, spanning a time frame of five decades. Even though his writings have been centralized to Calcutta/Kolkata, Mr. Roy has transcended boundaries as there is no denying the fact that his priceless words and dramas have touched souls which are independent of any boundaries, class, caste or economic strata.

Mr. Roy is a keen observer of urban life, decadence, hyper-modernization, class and caste wars, environmental degradation, relationships of love and lust, and the duality of morals and ethics. Sabarna’s writings are devoid of sentimentalization. They are dispassionate to the point of being coldhearted. He puts his characters and situations on the pedestal and illuminates them with drama and he writes his tales looking at this imaginative and intuitive theater sometimes through absurdity, sometimes through surrealism, sometimes through magic realism, sometimes through the stream-of-consciousness and sometimes through stark realism. The prism of observation has made his writings stand through the test of time and has made his works attain a cult status!

Owing to his academic background, Mr. Roy is a First Class Civil Engineering Honours Graduate, having passed out from Jadavpur University in 1988. Thereafter, he joined the Corporate Sector and has been with the Electrosteel Group for the last 25 years. Today, he is the Senior Vice President taking care of Business Development, Applications Technology, and Strategy. He is a keen and a passionate engineer, who has also written a technical book with two of his colleagues as his Co-authors and book is titled: Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines and Framework Agreement Contracting Methodology. This book also has been so popular that it has been translated into 8 major European languages.

Sabarna in his literary writings excels in narrations of love, loss, betrayal, and melancholy around urban life in Calcutta/Kolkata between the 1970s and today, spanning a time frame of five decades. Even though his writings have been centralized to Calcutta/Kolkata, Mr. Roy has transcended boundaries as there is no denying the fact that his priceless words and dramas have touched souls which are independent of any boundaries, class, caste or economic strata.

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