Publisher: Niyogi Books
Author: Siddharth Dasgupta
Year of Publication: 2017
The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows: A Collection of Lives is a justification true to its title when broken into different parts.
It is sacred, there is sorrow and there is a melody like the one you feel when you hear sparrows chirrup. It certainly is a story about lives of different people which have come together as a collection.
The book is a collection of stories sharing a common theme of nostalgia and longing for the past which is no longer in our hands and a future whose certainty is also questionable. Yet in between these two spaces exist emotions and memories which elevates the soul and saddens at the same time.
The beauty of the book lies in its vast cosmopolitan outlook in the sense that there is intermingling of people, places, practices and prayers which are sacred in its true sense.
We all experience or have experienced something or the other which forms the narrative of the stories.
What’s beautiful about these characters in the narratives is despite knowing its just a story in a book, you won’t be able to stop from shedding a tear or two down as you pass through the printed lines.
There are symbolisms, cafes, dialects and behaviours which we all miss and have been accustomed to but no longer find similar space and time to relive.
The book allows you to travel and live these lost fragments which are still intact in many forms.
Lakhnawi, Parsi, Afghani and similar more cultures with elements specific to them along with the intricacies which have been knitted is something to look out for in this book.
There are many storytellers, but the author of this book has magically retained and spread the essence which will make you want to re-read every story and leave you in a state of awe each time you are finished reading one.
A collection of not just stories, but memories and opportunities to keep for.
p style=”text-align:center;”>”That’s all our lives are, a game of trying to understand fate.”
– Siddharth Dasgupta
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