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In this book, I have described some devastating life experiences I have faced in the recent past. I wouldn’t dare claim that this is all poetic, and I know that my personal experiences should not be a subject for the public, but it is safe to say that the intensity of my personal experiences made me write this much. The tragedy that struck my peaceful life like a thunderbolt has compelled me to write. The seemingly never-ending agony of my Mother’s condition combined with the sudden passing of my father had a profound effect on me. If anybody found inspiration in how I was able to hold on to hope despite of all the troubles life threw my way, that’s the only contentment I seek.
And I’m conveying my resentment at the general indifference of the present generation towards caring for their parents, in a language I know, that is all. Apologies for the linguistic errors.
A life cannot be encapsulated in a few thousand words. The extent of transformation both physically and mentally is massive and totally unforeseeable. It is a journey which is on track for six decades now , accepting and rejecting individuals, beliefs and dimensions. The story of a firebrand leftist turning into a critical nationalist … a juvenile poet into a part time writer…a surgeon and an entrepreneur with a tryst of life time romanticism …and the chronicle of all who came into his life…some left, some were lost, few remain ,some others are still to join the saga of Yori Pabed, my partner in the subconscious!
“The book is an artistic endeavour to inspire people. It is an interesting blend of quotes, poems and real-life incidents that most people can connect with.
Durga Puja Diaries of an Obangali (meaning Non-Bengali in “Bengali”) is based on a North Indian boy who gets involved in Bengali culture at a very young age and adapts to that culture completely through his amazing journey. The book revolves around a Bengali Welfare Committee that is full of fun, love, drama, fights, and a big fat grand festival – “Durga Puja.” The book discusses all the incidents that the boy faced while becoming a part of this organization and this community, starting from getting “Lost in translation” to a “Bhodro Bangali Chele.” The boy learns many new facts about Bengali culture and language by making new friends and then relatives. The book is recommended to all those who want to know what Durga Puja is, how it is celebrated, and why it is not just a ‘festival.’