Sabarna Roy: Crafting the Narration of Love, Loss & Betrayal

Being a bestselling author is a virtue and privilege at the same time and who could know it better than the Indian author Sabarna Roy, who has not just received critical acclaim for his works but also has raving fans all over the world. The creative pursuit of Sabarna Roy has touched almost every sphere of literature and he has bestowed his readers with novel, poems, novella, short stories and drama. 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.

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 post-modern urban life in Calcutta/Kolkata between the 1970s and today, spanning a time frame of five decades.

Sabarna is a deeply visual narrator; let us look at some of the examples:

New Life, Pentacles, Chapter 4 opening paragraph
Some people may recall the first appearance of the shark in the movie Jaws by Steven Spielberg. You had been waiting for this scene for a long time in trepidation. Just when you thought the scene is likely to be delayed by a few seconds and you relaxed from the numbness of an anxious wait, the deadly fish sprang out of the foamy waters and you thought in panic that it had torn apart the cinema screen and leapt inside the dark hall.

Ballad 2001-2002, Pentacles, Chapter 1
All of a sudden the fluorescence,
The shafts of cold steam and the buzz of the electric motor became one,
Resonating with the universe and the motions of my soul to tell me:
I was still swimming in my dream.

The Last Plunge, Frosted Glass, Chapter 7 opening paragraph
One evening, as Rahul was walking back home, he saw a tall veiled man walking past him in slow motion illuminating his mind with a flash of light. He saw, in the theatre of his mind, his look-alike, falling peacefully inside a gorge filled with flakes of snow (although it was hot and humid on the road). He was suddenly transported from the chaos on the road to the overpowering silence inside the gorge and the fiery orange-tinged black sky filled the solitude of his soul with a sense of pride as if his loneliness had a unique meaning and a purpose.

Face, Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, opening paragraph
I am amazed by the way our features metamorphose with age. I was born with fair skin and green eyes – matriarchal lineage (baba is dark and has eyes with deep black irises). So, when I was a child, people who would have seen ma and me would invariably comment: You resemble your ma! But when I carefully look at my photographs at a young age, I realize that the shape, contours, and terrain of my face resemble that of baba’s including my smile (except his aquiline nose, which resembled my ma’s). People would rarely comment about this.

Sabarna also keeps himself very busy penning down technical research articles on environmental issues and climate change and gets them published in peer-reviewed national and international Journals. He also attends national and international conferences and now, global Webinars to present his papers. Sabarna also keeps himself busy by participating in Literary Meets and now literary Webinars as panelists.

Sabarna is an active participant in the multifarious activities of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Confederation of Indian Industries, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, and Indian Geographical Committee of International Water Resources Association.


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