About The Book:
Solitude Revisited is a collection of short stories. It is a confession, a realization and the musings of a pensive young heart. There are a million stories around us, but few are told. This book is about those invisible souls you encounter everyday, but never care to observe. Sometimes, the eyes need to look further than just what they can fathom, the heart needs to seek an anecdote and the mind needs to frame a memoir for the soul — to survive the vastness reality throws at it. That’s where fiction steps in, presenting an alternative universe for the mind to thrive in, so it may preserve its individuality and brood over its reflections. Thoughts demand to be contemplated and preserved just like history, for they tell infinite stories no sane mind can perceive. Solitude Revisited is all but real; it’s a confidante and a confession, an artist and his muse, a whisper and a madman. Listen to it and you may find yourself, listen to yourself and you may find it.
“Solitude is bliss, and sometimes it’s the devil. It looks at
you menacingly, waiting to cut you up into a thousand pieces,
takes out memories from the deepest pits of your heart and
mind, and play with them mercilessly. Bloodstained memories
on the floor, makes you question your entire life. I would be so
wrong if I told you I enjoy solitude but then, I don’t have anyone
for company except solitude. Solitude – my dearest friend, my
most dreaded foe.” ~ Solitude Revisited.
‘Solitude Revisited’ offer you a set of soul-stirring tales that are reflections of human life with all its pain and prize! There are 10 stories, 10 characters to touch your heart. Introspection and solitude are the companions of your life; at the end of the day even your shadow leaves you; you, yourself is your greatest enemy and greatest friend! The book gives Solitude a different setback altogether. Be it Arundhati, Zunaid of Afreen, their solitude speak volumes.
I loved how each scenario, each character was framed about, you are able to see with them, stand with them and feel with them owing to the writer’s skills in bringing it about. The language and the flow of each story are beautiful so as to get you absorbed into it. It will be no wonder if some of the characters or stories take a place in your heart. They conveyed such simple yet complicated, elegant yet dirty shades of life.
I am confused to pick a fav among them as each left a strong impact on me… the quote that I would like to take away from the book is – I guess some spaces are meant to be void.
I am happy to rate this book 5/5 🙂 and would love to recommend it to my readers.
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Manaswita Ghosh is an independent media professional based in Calcutta. She is an optimist who believes each day has beauty in store for those who seek it, no matter how bad a day it is. She loves to observe and pen her thoughts as they occur to her; penning stories has been more of an obsession to her than a casual pastime. She has worked for The Telegraph Calcutta in the past. Penguin Books India, The British Council, First Step Corp., and Talent Flush Creations have published her in the past. Of every amazing experience this world has to offer her, she is crazy about travelling, reading and fine dining.