Title– Odyssey of a postmaster
Publisher– Inspire Publishers
Number of pages-243
The skinny, bare bodied boy of an East Bengal village is willing to do whatever it takes to visit the newest entertainment buzz; motion picture. The passion is pursued in later life with whatever be it: carrying cash of bank in the oddest possible manner, escaping disguised in the coal-heap of an engine from an alienated land, rearing tiger cub in Orissa forest, finding moorings in a hitherto unknown land, and……giving shape to a goal……not cherished by many. Obstacles, barriers are ways of life; let them come. What matters is the satisfaction at the end of the day. That is Sanjoy for you; the Ulysses, or Odysseus by his own rights. He savours the beauty of the hilly terrains with the same gusto as he has his romance with telegrams. Torrid times like escapade from Pakistan, death of the first child or imprisonment during postal strike are taken with equanimity. There is a bit of Sanjoy in everybody; yet, can everyone be an Odysseus?
The story revolves around Sanjoy, the protagonist, a skinny guy of East Bengal and his life. It’s about his struggles from childhood to old age. His father, purnachandra, was a Bengali teacher and a man of values and Sanjoy always admire him. Unlike other Sanjoy is very rustic and full of life. His dream of being a postmaster ignites one fine day when he meets a fisherman. Then there is a scene of his marriage, him losing his 1st child and then fear of diagnosed with cancer.
This book is a mixture of dreams, love, struggle, fear, death and what not with a unique concept. There are letters and quotes in the chapters that enhance the essence of the book.
The cover page is simple and I feel it could have been better. The maps on the background cover indicate the places mentioned in the story which is really a good thought. The title is apt as it refers to the journey of a postmaster. One can connect with the plot as it is deep with meaningful series of events.
Overall it was a good yet slow read and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
This book contains few inspiring quotes which are worth sharing.
*Life is never a constant entity. It goes through its graphical depiction of peaks and plateaus.
*It is how life goes on; we form our dreams and these very dreams do the rest. The dreams move us on, in a great journey called Life. The magnitude of the dream is unimportant, but the realisation is. Yet, you win some; lose some.
P.S.- This book has been provided by Arudhaa Club in exchange for an honest review.