Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Vignettes of Life by Sujit Dutta

Reading this book by Sujit Dutta is like a tour, starting with the sighting of a mysterious woman in a deserted cottage right to the fourteenth story that ends on a tantalizing note, and a rare pearl. The author lauds the magnificence of India through descriptions of his protagonists’ lives, knotted through emotions veering between hope, love, loyalty, friendship and ambition.

The Army connection is palpable. The stories travel from the ice-capped Himalayas in Ladakh and the allure of Guwahati, to the “haunting whistle of the steam engine” in the Delhi Rail Museum, and lost memories in Kolkata. As the river flows silently in Puducherry, the poignancy of the loss of parents comes out in Barmer, even as a sister waits for her brother’s homecoming in Bhopal. A hopeful couple meet in a Mumbai suburban train and rise above the vicissitudes of life.

Two stories touch upon the war in Jaffna and a natural disaster in Canada, events which cause the protagonists to change the course of their lives. The author has researched extensively, given the statistics. The brilliant book cover in yellow beguiles.

The stories, treated with tenderness, speak of the complexities of the human psyche.

197 words

Book Title: Vignettes of Life

Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Author:       Sujit Dutta

Published by Evincepub Publishing

(I was offered a copy of the book by Literoma Publishing Services in exchange for an honest review.)


  1. Wow! That's a wonderful review. Great piece of work by Col Sujit Dutta.

  2. Wow! That's a wonderful review. Great piece of work by Col Sujit Dutta.

    1. Thank you so much for your appreciation. It is a wonderful book by Col. Sujit Dutta.



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