Saugata Chakraborty’s latest title ‘They Go to Sleep’ is a collection of twelve exhilarating tales of ordinary people and the choices that they make under extraordinary circumstances. A banker with experience in fields as varied as currency management, human resource planning, financial supervision, foreign exchange dealing, and market intelligence, Saugata’s career with the Reserve Bank of India has taken him literally to all the parts of India. And that has come out through his captivating storylines in this book.
The tenth story titled ‘The Other Side’ depicts a man from remote Uttar Pradesh who is found waiting at a Lucknow Nursing Home for a doctor whom he claims to have known from a distant past. Something about his demeanour attracts the attention of the lady receptionist. What does the man want from the doctor? Will he able to fulfil his wish? The doctor never turns up, and the man confides to the receptionist about an astounding truth.
The moment you settle with a dramatic plot, Saugata dwindles your grief with a humorous plot. Yes I am talking about the last story titled ‘What’s in a Name?’ A young poet meets his muse on a train journey from Secunderabad to Howrah. They share a few intimate details but forget to ask each other’s name. Will the RTI be of any help to them, or the cupid was waiting for them at the wings? A humorous take on everything Bengali: fish, cutlets and the Kolkata Book Fair.
The compilation will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning. To grab a copy of the book, just pave your way to the upcoming Noida Literature Festival 2019 where it is going to be featured on 16th and 17th November 2019 at Radisson Blu MBD, Sector 18, Noida.