“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows: A Collection of Lives has recently arrived from the shelves of Niyogi Books. Written by Siddharth Dasgupta, this book is not an assemblage of stories, but that of lives which remain entwined along various hues of emotions.
It goes without any doubt, that, the most difficult task for any writer is to depict the shades of sorrow, as they lay scarred in every human psyche, but in most different way in each case. Siddharth Dasgupta through his style of narrating emerges as a genius of sadness, immersing himself into his stories, he brings out the romance out of sadness, despair or, if you say, grief.
His tenure of writing is hallucinating. While reading The Sacred Sorrow of Sparrows, the feeling of numbness envelops around. There is strangeness in his writing, something magical with a finesse and sublime elegance. One might question, can sorrows be so beautiful?
Each of the stories of Dasgupta is a sapling of relationships, its past, its present and the memories echoing from ‘then’ and reaching out to ‘now’, the current time; making it a strong tree of ethereal emotions. The memories of his stories carry pains, conflict, love, reconciliation, guilt and passion in form of a sacred sorrow, every time.
This accumulation or it would be apt to say, this medley of ten unique lives are treats to read. They will remain within the readers for a very long time to come, because classics are rare to be seen these day !
Varsha Singh (Managing Editor, Reviews) is an Independent Researcher, Poet, Translator, Critic and Editor from Jharkhand. She earned her Ph. D. in English Literature from Vinoba Bhave University for her thesis entitled “The Midnight’s Grandchildren: Articulating the Postmodern Spirit in English Fiction of India”, which was followed after her M.Phil. from Indian School of Mines (now IIT – Dhanbad), with a dissertation titled “Translation of Flight of Phoenix: Some Linguistic and Cultural Issues.” She has authored – Deluges: A Collection of Poems (2014), Unbangled and other Poems (2015) and Bhor – A Collection of Hindi Poems (2016). She also edits for numerous Journals of repute. Her upcoming books The Midnight’s Grandchildren and Parbati the Traitor and Other Poems are all set to hit the stores by the month of June, 2017.