Title: The Last Surgethe last surge

Author: Pramit Sarkar

Publisher: Gargi Publishers

ISBN: 9789384382056

My review

The Last surge…the title of the story is imparted a subtitle – a tale of relationships…what a beautiful extension of the introductory title and what an explanation of what all you will find and read in the pages packaged in an equally infectious book cover. I have admitted almost countless times by now that the work from Gargi Publishers has raised the standards in the published fiction genre and it cannot be more deadly if its package within the mesmerizing covers conceptualized by Ammol Karambe.

As the title depicts this is a story about the tale of relationships from the perspective of a man who is a resident of Kolkata (as shown and could be made out from the cover design). Many of you, might be thinking as it what is so special or say so different about this not-so-seemingly-different man? Well, this is what this story is all about. As learnt about the author – Pramit Sarkar from the author introduction page; he hones impeccable writing technique. In today’s time, only handful authors have the enigma to keep the readers bonded with the story till the end and more importantly through the pages and he is one amongst the blessed brigade.

He serves his readers with a very cute, loving and caring guy – Gabriel, who is blessed with a cute angel – her daughter but the heart skips a beat on learning that he is not married. The questions start brewing up as soon as you, as a reader find out that his daughter is the reason behind this big void in the chain of relationships of this practicing ‘relationship counselor’. Finding it a bit confusing? Well, that why this book is written for you to quench your thirst with tales within tale wagon. Bengalis are known to have been blessed with sharp understanding of literature and this is my stint with the one and I am happy to read one.

As soon as you start reading, you will get totally engrossed into the story. The author provides you with a handy list of names and their respective relationships, in order to ease out the confusion (if it creeps in). Though, personally I found it much easier to refer while reading instead of understanding it beforehand. The writing style is a mix of narrative and dialogues. The readers will face no problem while switching from one perspective to another as it has been taken care of by providing due dividers and changed formatting (writing fonts and styles). Every single chapter has a different starting page than the rest of the pages, it imparts a feel that you yourself are getting a chance to chance your orientation and getting ready for more.

The language used is simple and very connecting. The descriptions provided are vivid and full of life such that at many instances I felt as I was myself being teleported from one place to another along with the acting persons. To be a little artistic in my review I would say that I felt that as if “there is a character in the characters”. By writing this, I actually meant to state that there is some life in every character and you will feel its presence, some feeling walking beside you – not a ghost but a true companion, indeed.

Usually authors claim that they have so much to share and so much to offer in their story but only rarely this thought gets implemented in their work(s) but not this time. Once you are through with the story you will realize as if you have not just read a book rather you have an experience of a lifetime. This is because his way of expression is very thoughtful and thought-provoking at the same time. I feel, if some other author might have tried his hands working on this plot, there would have been loads of melodrama fed in but he has tended his idea very cautiously and very intelligently.

He never lets you fall short of his promise outlined as – a tale of relationships. There are so many relations dealt in the story and the mesh work created by them is amazing. You will enjoy traversing through the lanes and by lanes and encounters he has had during the course of actions. You will even learn to be mature as he learns along with you while turning the pages and at the same time you will feel empathy for him only to find out what his surge was about. How one episode leads to another and how the trail of events affects another one is simply a treat to mind. The protagonist had a very eventful youth including accomplishments, accolades, applause and agony as well. He was blessed with almost every wish and feeling, a man would wish for but a girl. It was a satisfying experience reading this story of his last surge.

About the Book

“…the day we face each other, she will be sorry; sorry for rendering me emotionally impotent. And that will be my victory.”

Their blazing courtship was nearing marriage, before fate played its vicious card. Rimi dumped Gabriel and married the choice of her family but Gabriel decided to remain single.

Why did Rimi take such a drastic decision? How did Gabrial keep up his singlehood? Did they meet again or did fate succeed in keeping them apart? How does Sneha fit into the picture?

Crafted with the characteristic flavors of Bengal, The Last Surge brings you the tale of an ace football player turned relationship counselor and what made this protagonist a great brother, a greater father and even greater romantic.

About the Author

Although a native of Kolkata, Pramit Sarkar spent a chunk of his adolescence in Bhubaneshwar. Following his board exams he returned to Kolkata, but as it turned out, he was back in Bhubaneshwar to pursue his graduation from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneshwar. And it was during this phase that he discovered a passion for writing, dishing out various articles for the college newsletter ‘Wistaz’. Besides being a member of the Literary Society, he was also a member of the Training and the Placement Cell, the Alumni Cell s well as a co-founder of the social activity club, ‘Souls of Solace’. Completing his graduation in 2013, he then joined Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited as a Grade – A officer, but left his job within a year to follow his heart. Presently, he also covers wedding stories as a freelance writer.

He may be contacted at:

Email: princeofmistakes@gmail.com

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