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Sabarna Roy: An Author who knows how to make his readers look within

Over the past few years, many Indian authors have caught the imagination of readers in the country with their myriad fictional works. While some have piggybacked on Indian mythology to draw inspiration and win the favour of the readers, others have focussed on the evolving lifestyle of Generation-X and the millennials to resonate with their target audience.

One thing that is glaringly similar in both these kinds of fictional works is that they are written specifically to sell. While there’s nothing wrong with that, since publishing is an age-old business and the authors must earn to survive, it is the discerning among the readers who are short-changed as they see no substance in these otherwise bestsellers.

So, it is only natural that such readers rejoice when they come across an author who not only chooses to but really excels at writing about the world around us in its full imperfect glory while having the ability to jolt our collective minds into wondering if a particular incident that he narrates in one of his books isn’t actually inspired from the reader’s own life.

If you love hard-hitting fiction laced with poetic realism and a dash of gritty truth you will love the fictional works of Sabarna Roy, a true master at his craft. Roy is different from his contemporary authors whose characters are larger than life. Instead, Roy picks up commoners and weaves a compelling tale around their lives.

The sheer brilliance of Sabarna Roy is demonstrated in the fact that each one of his works makes the reader pause and thinks. He truly is a thinking man’s author with an amazing array of critically acclaimed books for his readers to choose from.

Roy has authored 6 critically acclaimed bestsellers over the last few years – Pentacles; Frosted Glass; Abyss; Winter Poems; Random Subterranean Mosaic: 2012 – 2018, and Etchings of the First Quarter of 2020. Right from his first book, Pentacles, Roy has proven his ability to explore the darker sides of the human mind. All his works explore dark and innovative themes and characters who are neither white nor black but evolving shades of grey.

His inimitable writing style made sure that Roy’s Frosted Glass did very well in the market. The popularity of Pentacles and Winter Poems saw Amazon Audible converting them into Audiobooks by Colin Newcomer, the young Australian jazz singer. Roy’s book, Abyss was on the bestseller list at the Oxford Bookstore at the Kolkata Book Fair in 2014.

No wonder then, he is a Goodreads author with a present rating of 4.05 with reviews and ratings in excess of 1,500 on the Goodreads platform. On Amazon, he is rated between 4 and 5 with reviews and ratings in excess of 1,250. The positive reviews from the readers of his various books confirm his growing popularity and his storytelling prowess.

What’s really extraordinary about Roy is the fact that he earned his Civil Engineering Degree from Jadavpur University in 1988 and started writing professionally only after having spent 19 years in the corporate sector. He is currently the Senior Vice President and is in the 25th year of his employment with Electrosteel Group where he is engaged in giving leadership to Business Development, Applications Technology and certain key strategies.

Roy also authored a technical book – Articles on Ductile Iron Pipelines & Framework Agreement Contracting Methodology published by Scholars’ Press in European Union with two of his Co-authors. This book has been translated into 8 major European languages and is considered a must-read by the industry stalwarts.

Roy is a firm believer in the Paris Climate Accord and regularly visits national and international conferences to talk on various matters concerning ecology and environment. He is also an active participant in the multifarious activities of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Confederation of Indian Industries, Central Board of Irrigation and Power, and Indian Geographical Committee of International Water Resources Association.

With such an active professional life, Roy still manages to masterfully tell stories that make his readers look within. And that is the real beauty of his works.

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