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Pentacles by Sabarna Roy

Book blurb:

Pentacles comprises one long story and four short poems by Sabarna Roy. The work delightfully bridges the gap between the mundane and arcane writings of today and provides an interesting, yet intellectually stimulating, treat for the discerning reader. New Life is a long story written from the perspective of a successful adult whose mother had deserted the family for another man. The teenage angst and the scars it has left behind on the psyche of the protagonist are subtly reflected in the character. The different elements and characters of the story are beautifully interwoven to produce an intense and compelling story of an adult haunted by the trauma of being deserted by his mother. The work is interspersed with thought-provoking views on issues like love and socio-economic conditions in India. The traditional rhyme and metre dominated poems are on love, loss and longing. Unshackled by the bonds of rhyme and metre, Sabarna s free verses evoke the stark reality of urban life, hitting you straight in the guts. The use of everyday urban imagery adds to the appeal of the compositions. The concrete prison of urban life and the unfulfilled desire to escape to a simple life is aptly brought out in The Tower. The other poems of the collection are more biographical in nature with the protagonist being the member of the fairer sex. The free verses sketch out their life story with its attendant pathos, poignancy and logic. The best part of all the compositions is that the reader will definitely identify with the poet and will, in one form or other, have similar stories to narrate.

Genre: Fiction/ Poetry/Short Story

Pages: 84

Format: Paperback/Kindle


  • Paperback: 100 INR/$7.00
  • Kindle: 35.40 INR/$7.00

My Ratings: 4/5

A book of love and loss. Childhood scarring and how it impacts a child as well as a single parent are brought out quite well in the short story ‘New Life’. Though the short story is good, I liked the poems more.

What I liked about the book:

– The author talks about sadness but goes on to highlight that life doesn’t stop at sorrows.
– How the first story reflects on childhood incidents impacting the dynamics of adulthood relationships and other majority relationships.
-Fluid language and easy vocabulary.
– Depicts several human emotions which we face in our daily lives.
-The book vividly explain how life changes with time and goes on despite a few hiccups.

What I did not like about the book:
-The short story ended abruptly leaving me searching for answers.
-As someone who enjoys rhyming verses when it comes to poetry, I found the abstract form of poetry a little tiring after a while.

Overall a one-time easy read.

Quotable quotes:

–> Loneliness is like smoke. It starts from a definite point and ends up everywhere indefinitely. It eats up the soul, actually chews it to miniscule shreds, from inside and out.

–>Money, as it sounds crass and insensitive. When you say wealth, it sounds loaded with meaning and value, however non-existent. It satisfies the insides of our mouths when we pronounce the word and also the tunnels of our ears.

–>People who succumb to trauma are celebrated and become heroes. In the process, people who create trauma are pardoned and forgotten for life

–>Human characters are amplified by their reaction to trauma. People who internalize trauma are celebrated and become heroes. People who succumb to trauma are shamed and become victim.
⁣–>Money is earned by burning all the gifts of nature and converting then into waste. Period!⁣

–>There are two kinds of beauties on this planet,
one, who lose their beauty to age, and another, who ripen with time.
The former makes me immensely sad,
While the latter happy and strangely envious.

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