Sabarna Roy, the Indian Author, is a much-awarded and critically acclaimed bestselling writer of six literary masterpieces. His books are titled: Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020.
By training, he is a First Class Civil Engineering Honours Graduate, having passed out from Jadavpur University in 1988. Thereafter, he joined the Corporate Sector and has been with the Electrosteel Group for the last 25 years. Today, he is the Senior Vice President taking care of Business Development, Applications Technology, and Strategy. He is a keen and a passionate engineer, who has also written a technical book with two of his colleagues as his Co-authors and book is titled: Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines and Framework Agreement Contracting Methodology. This book also has been so popular that it has been translated into 8 major European languages.
Sabarna in his literary writings excels in narrations of love, loss, betrayal, and melancholy around urban life in Calcutta/Kolkata between the 1970s and today, spanning a time frame of five decades.
Sabarna is a keen observer of urban life, decadence, hyper-modernization, class and caste wars, environmental degradation, relationships of love and lust, and the duality of morals and ethics. Sabarna’s writings are devoid of sentimentalization. They are dispassionate to the point of being coldhearted. He puts his characters and situations on the pedestal and illuminates them with drama and he writes his tales looking at this imaginative and intuitive theater sometimes through absurdity, sometimes through surrealism, sometimes through magic realism, sometimes through the stream-of-consciousness and sometimes through stark realism.
Sabarna’s long-short story, The Prank in Frosted Glass is one of the brightest examples of black comedy. His novella, New Life from Pentacles and Incomplete Conversations Set Pieces from Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012-2018 experiments with incomplete prose leaving almost everything to the imagination of his readers. Duality, the novella from his latest book, is a drama of ideas and not characters; ideas in this novella become characters,
Which by itself is an experimental style of writing in Indian English writing. Abyss, Sabarna’s full-length play in two acts is only a crime thriller on the surface; it is actually an examination of very critical ideas, like land for agriculture versus land for industrialization, and the working ethics of an author, and the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship in upper-class society.
Sabarna’s poetry comprises various genres: very less reflective writing and more of narrative ballads mostly in free-verse and sometimes in metered rhyme. He explores the various facets of post-modern decadence in urban life in all his poems; his poetry is full of the magical maze. There are riddles and puzzles in his poetry, which are very entertaining to solve while reading.
Sabarna also keeps himself very busy penning down technical research articles on environmental issues and climate change and gets them published in peer-reviewed national and international Journals. He also attends national and international conferences and now, global Webinars to present his papers. Sabarna also keeps himself busy by participating in Literary Meets and now literary Webinars as panelists.
Sabarna is an active participant in the multifarious activities of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Confederation of Indian Industries, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, and Indian Geographical Committee of International Water Resources Associclutionation.
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