Saturday, January 24, 2015

Book Review: The Moment: Partha Pratim Roy

The Moment, by Aniruddha Bose in English by Partha Pratim Roy is a book of eternal love, one that overcomes all barriers and all boundaries, even that impassable between heaven and earth, and is not impossible for the hearts that we truly believe where life, death, time and difficulties cannot divide the destinies and souls.

On this narrative line, the book ventures into this world sacrilegious, cruel, causing suffering to those who inhabit it, and the authors writing guarantees results that attenuate the harrowing tale through a concrete narrative with the style clear, linear and modern that portrays the story with lightness and intensity, to include in a short novel a long story that transcends time and space.

In the novel, real human love carnal, passionate, joins a higher love, to deal with the difficulties, fight and overcome the forces that goes beyond and which are, therefore, intended to be hounded by powers operating with the aim to divide them and punish them for their transgression with the work flows quickly and catapults the reader into the mind of disbelief and shock causing them to suffer and, then, causing them to hope that everything will be resolved.

It happens that touches the life of someone, you fall in love and decide that the most important thing is to touch it, live it with the melancholy and worries, and get to recognize yourself in the gaze of the other, to feel that you cannot do without and what if you have to wait for months and days including nights.

An original novel which shows the intense taste for bodied narrative, intense, tangible, in whose descriptions of people, colours and smells assumes a real dimension with the words are transformed into emotions and is the feeling that the unreal becomes concrete substance, accompanying, just like a shadow, the life of the protagonists.

The power of true love does not accept rules with the author was able to create a book of overwhelming passion and, creating a perfect alchemy between words and the reader, to the point that you cannot help but read and love the characters where the undisputed protagonist is the feeling, the real one, contrasted, able to question every certainty..

The characters live in social and cultural conditions that could only divide even if the separation characterized by choices imposed or desired, allow them to know and recognize right through the route taken with love upsets so much life to change forever the course, goals, thoughts and is physical, clear, passionate love described by the author.

It is initially a feeling of youth and later, in the last part of the book, an alienating senile affection, where between these poles, there is the life of the protagonists, lived according to very different paths, the one away from the other, always incomplete, all described with a unique style, sometimes elegant, sometimes passionate, where you can almost perceive the smells and the tastes.

It is a story of love, courage, hope and expectation a wait which is answered, only to the will of a man and woman who has never stopped to fight for the only thing in the world that had a meaning that they love despite everything.

Love, with all its facets, is the protagonist of these pages, that move the story, and the reader is involved in the story where every detail has been attended to capture interest from the first pages where time and love are linked by a thin and weak line with the first more often prevail than the second, but in this short novel is the strength of feeling to win against any law and dominate.

And that's how the characters will be etched forever in the memory of readers and among the most beautiful pages of the book just like a dance chase, feel, love, lost, left with the fear of being infected by a disease that knows no cure, no way out, that kind of love that does not like limits, or protocols to be followed, a love that defies time.

A hymn to timeless love, the courage to believe that after all it would be enough to fight to get what they ardently desire in just a space of time, nothing more but a space filled with hope.

Publisher: Smriti Publishers ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-93-82303-08-4 ♥ Binding: Paperback ♥ Pages: 160


Aniruddha Bose said...

Probably it has been my failure not to get the message across of a very difficult concept of Vertical Time. Though the novel is chronicled in a series of intense “love letters”, it aims at understanding the truth of eternal love in a frame of moment of Time. It was aimed to delineate that truth and love cannot be qualified or quantified by only the linearity of Time, but by the absoluteness of it. The story is structured in the age-old tradition of narrating the development of a love-relation between a man and a woman in the form of a compilation of their love-letters to each other over a period of time. In that sense, as one letter follows another. I wanted to elude the reader into a comfort zone, a story about two lovers who are gradually discovering each other over a period of Linear Time as divided into the three zones of Past, Present and Future and understand the development of any relation as a journey from the Past to the Present and on to a Future. Later the comfort zone is shattered when in the end, I wanted the reader to re-examine our socially familiar mode of perceiving human relations as always strung from a linear notion of Time comprising the Past, Present and Future. Here I introduced the less understood concept of Time, the Vertical Time as per principles of physics that cuts through our familiar mode of understanding Life, Experience, Feelings and Relations to bring us to an uncharted territory where we are challenged to rethink the very reality of our existence. As Partha Pratim Roy has enumerated, it is not a traditional novella and needs deep introspection to understand its underlying concept, well away from standard paradigms of expression in a novel.