Poetic Penetrations Review

The protagonist is about to turn 40, belongs to a rich and affluent family, lives a luxurious life but feels discontented because he believes that the world is ruled by fake moral values and suffocating bondages. He leaves everything and migrates to Kolkata to live a creative and meaningful life. He goes through many funny experiences in Kolkata in his quest to know what the real meaning of life is. He meets Debolina, an upscale prostitute, who loves to listen to his poems while making love. She tells him about many truths of life and finally he has the panacea of his confusions and doubts.
Life always begins with one step outside of your comfort zone. And that’s when miracles happen. We need to challenge our fears and break the long established, conventional views of the society. And that’s exactly what the protagonist tries to do in this book “Poetic Penetrations”. At 40, when most of the people are all set with plans to savor the yields of their life-long endeavors, here is someone ready to leave all and everything behind to seek the true meaning of his life.
The book is an apt combination of humor, misery and realism without compromising with the story line. The protagonist, in his quest for the self, meets Debolina, an upscale prostitute, who introduces him to the untouched aspects of life. The flow of the story is mostly placid, except for a few places here and there and author’s writing style does all the justice to the story.
85 pages might seem to be a quick light read at first, but soon it turns out to be a lot deeper than most of the novels by Indian authors you come across these days and there is so much all through the book we all can relate to; the failure of the education system, publishing industry, not forgetting loneliness.
Author’s intuitive thoughts keep flowing all through, to keep you engaged for the entire 85 pages. His views, opinions and his perspective is well reflected in the protagonist from beginning till the end. But will the protagonist really be able to add a meaning to his life? Or will his quest for happiness turn out to be a yet another mockery in the catalogue of his failures.
In order to not reveal any spoilers, all I can say is that the novella has an honest ending, something credulous, but could have been made even better; the kind that demands a continuation and with an ending worth remembering.
All in all, a short, but revealing read and a must read for all those who think life is much more than just a pile of comfort and riches.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sanjay Chitranshi is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee. Sanjay has always believed that life should not be lived just for the sake of living. He loves to experiment with life and experience it in its different hues. In the process Poetic Penetrations happened and in it he has tried to explore the outer world as well as the inner one through an interesting journey interspersed with a variety of experiences.
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Date Published: December 22, 2014

 

Publisher: Leadstart Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

 

Pages: 85
Format: Paperback
Goodreads Synopsis
The protagonist is about to turn forty, belongs to a rich and affluent family, lives a luxurious life but feels discontented because he believes that the world is ruled by fake moral values and suffocating bondages. He leaves everything and migrates to Kolkata to live a creative and meaningful life. He goes through many funny experiences in Kolkata in his quest to know what the real meaning of life is. He meets Debolina, an upscale prostitute, who loves to listen to his poems while making love. She tells him about many truths of life and finally he has the panacea for his confusions and doubts.
My Review
 
 
What would you call a rich man in his forty who leaves his family, job and career only to live a creative and meaningful life in Kolkata? Impractical? A dreamer? But, Sanjay Chitranshi in his book, ‘Poetic Penetrations’, asks, is it sin to dream?
Well, Sanjay Chitranshi’s protagonist not only does leave everything behind – his job, family and life – but also shifts to Kolkata and lives among unknown people to pursue a creative and meaningful life. As soon as I finished reading the book, I could come up with only one sentence which sums up the essence of this entire book – this is one such book which will cut across your heart and make you bleed.
And here’s why:
Story of Poetic Penetrations is probably the most unique one I have ever read. As soon as I read the blurb of the book, I knew I had to get my hands on it for two reasons: the book is set in Kolkata and, second, it is about the meaning of life. And, Sanjay Chitranshi didn’t disappoint me. His story deals with many incidences from Kolkata and paints a perfect picture of the city. His story has humor, emotions, thoughts on different issues and everything else which makes it a perfect story. When it comes to the meaning of life, at least according to me, happiness comes into the picture. In his book Sanjay perfectly deals with loneliness, happiness and in the end, the meaning of life.
Perhaps the most fascinating thing about the book is the language. Sanjay Chitranshi, an alumnus of IIT Roorkee, has done magic with his simple language in just 80 pages what rest of the authors couldn’t in more than 300 plus page books. His poetic language penetrates the walls of the prejudiced and imperfect world questioning the very foundation of our existence – happiness, morality and meaning of life – and leaves its readers flabbergasted. Apart from few type mistakes, which hardly hindered my reading, Sanjay’s language is to be noted by new and emerging authors.
Probably the most unique feature of this book is spontaneous thoughts of author running spontaneously, yet smoothly and steadily, throughout the book. His narration in the first person, moves throughout the book flawlessly like a river flows through mountains; patiently and unhindered. The book’s narration kind of reminded me of James Joyce’s work.
His subtle yet effective way of directly dealing with social issues – from prostitution, publishing industry, education system to the meaning of life – makes the book, a must read! And for that reason, Sanjay’s book, ‘Poetic Penetrations’, reminded me of one of the quotes on books by Franz Kafka.
 
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
 
 
This is one such book for me!
Will Sanjay Chintranshi’s protagonist find happiness among the unknown people? Will he find someone to share his loneliness with? Will he ever find true meaning of his life?
Well, I suggest you to read Poetic Penetrations by Sanjay Chitranshi and find out…
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 for beautiful language, dealing with social issues directly and spontaneity of thoughts. This book is recommended to all those who love reading books based in Kolkata. Language and social issues deal with in the book makes it a read for ‘young rebellious generation’. This is a book not to be missed at any cost!
As an author, book reviewer, poet and reader, I sincerely request Sanjay sir for a sequel! I look forward to reading the sequel of ‘Poetic Penetrations’.
Note: I sincerely apologize to Sanjay Chitranshi for the delay in reviewing this wonderful book. But, I believe that a book such as this one deserves a book review which does justice to it. For that exact reason, the delay was caused in the reviewing this book.

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POETIC PENETRATIONS by Sanjay Chitranshi

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The protagonist is about to turn forty, belongs to a rich and affluent family, lives a luxurious life but feels discontented because he believes that the world is ruled by fake moral values and suffocating bondages. He leaves everything and migrates to Kolkata to live a creative and meaningful life. He goes through many funny experiences in Kolkata in his quest to know what the real meaning of life is. He meets Debolina, an upscale prostitute, who loves to listen to his poems while making love. She tells him about many truths of life and finally he has the panacea for his confusions and doubts.

MY TAKE

The author is true to the title of the book ‘Poetic Penetrations’. The entire book is pure poetry and the author has done his job absolutely well in explaining different emotions and situations in his unique style. You can get no chance to avoid reading the book or to put it aside. It is a treat to your senses and a treat to the poet that resides in you. Sanjay Chitranshi has invariably been able to explain his story beginning by showing the standard of living of the protagonist who is actually fed up of such luxurious lifestyle. The author then transports you to an unusual place where the protagonist decides to make his career. I am sure to make your career you would decide upon going to London, Mumbai or New York and not in the outskirts of Kolkata.

There are occasions when Sanjay introduces satire and humor, which makes the seriousness of the theme go light. But in doing this he doesn’t miss his track. He deals with life’s ordeals and dilemma by portraying it well in the protagonist, who is a product of luxurious living, who doesn’t know the importance of time, but only knows to write poetry. Even that is not done well by him.

There is a section where I felt that Sanjay has missed on narration, the section looks like an article explaining strategies to become successful.

Sanjay has otherwise portrayed the professional business sense a woman has after being employed  in the sex trade or prostitution. He has also made a mention that there are occasions when one is forced by circumstances to get into whoring. Sanjay has intricately shown the poets plea with regard to getting oneself recognized and make oneself prominent. Illiteracy is also a matter of concern towards achieving one’s goal and Sanjay calls it innate limitations, because the protagonist didn’t mind to cater to it during the earlier period of his life. Thus highlighting the need for education which today has become business.

Loneliness is also referred to as a matter of difficult living and family is given importance. There are at times odd things that are introduced on and off by the author, like getting an extra newspaper to widen information.

Sanjay Chitranshi has vividly poured his emotions into this book and has striven to make it poetic penetrations to its best.

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Review :P oetic Penetrations

I am travelling for almost 3 weeks now, so unable to post any reviews or any other post. This review is being written in the time I got today. Will check it again once I am back in Goa.
Book Name: Poetic Penetrations

Author :Sanjay Chitranshi
Publisher: Frog Books
Pages: 85
MRP: Rs.95
Sanjay Chitranshi has tried to visit the side of life which normally we don’t see and the ones who see can’t narrate and bring to us.

The story is narrated in First person by the Protagonist. Born in a family with newly acquired financial status, he has a comfortable life but deep inside he wanted to live life on his own terms. A life where he is not competing with others, where every individual has own space to grow and where there is no mad rush to defeat others.
He leaves his well settled life and goes and settles into an unknown territory of Kolkatta where he tries to fructify his dream of writing. He is an artistic mind person who enjoys company of Wine and Girls and loves to experiment with both. Here he meets “Debolina”, a upscale prostitute who understands the world more than the so called intellectuals.
Sanjay has been able to develop each character nicely and story moves smoothly.
I as a person really enjoyed it because I love to read anything which tries to unearth the hidden meaning of life but as a reader too, one will enjoy the book. It requires a complete involvement while reading to actually understand the mature writing of Sanjay.
Few mistakes like the protagonist’s age (40 when the story starts and 41 after 5 years when he celebrates his birthday with “Debolina”) , I overlooked just because I read an error free (mostly) book from an Indian author after a long time.

Congratulations Sanjay Chitranshi for a great effort to jump deep into unknown territories of life.

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