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‘Colours of Loneliness and other Stories’ book Launched

Newdelhi:12/7/19: Eminent poet & critic Mr. K. Satchidanandan launched the book ‘Colours of Loneliness and other Stories’ written by Sahitya Academy Award winning author  Paramita Satpathy at Lecture Room-2, India International Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi onon July 10,Wednesday at 6:30pm -8pm . The book is a collection of stories by the author, translated from Odia by Ms.  Snehaprava Das. The title has been published by the Oxford University Press (OUP) and is available across major bookstores in India, and online. The author spoke about the book in a candid conversation with Mr.  Chandrahaas Choudhary at this launch, while also actively interacting with the discerning audience. Ms. Shivangi Sharma of OUP welcomed the guests and Mr. Abhishek Tripathy conducted the program for the evening.

 Sharing her experience while writing this book Paramita Satpathy said that the stories in the collection are translation of 14 such stories out of almost one hundred stories she had penned. The undercurrent in most of the stories is loneliness and therefore both she and the translator thought that the name of the title be Colours of Loneliness after one of the stories in the collection. She also sais that as a writer melancholy in human lives influence her the most. She said that the works of  world class writers like Alice Munroe, Dorris lessing, Tony Morison, Amrita Pritam, Ismat Chugtai,  Mahasweta Devi, Sara Joseph and others shaped her feminine sensibilities.

Talking on the book Mr. K. Satchidanandan said Paramita’s work is a significant contribution to modern  Literature. She has in a very subtle manner expressed her anguish towards the wrong done to the marginalized and the poor. The themes of her stories are varied from one another and together in a spectrum they create an anxiety in readers to go through them.

Mr. Chandrahas Choudhury said that Paramita in a very adept manner has brought out different shades of loneliness that people experience. Fiction and poery can delve well into  human thoughts which have been very artfully displayed in Paramita’s stories.

The stories in this collection straddle many layers of human experience.. Some stories  even deplore the evils of a social system like sexual abuse of children, dowry deaths female foeticide  while others protest the crude invasion of urbanization into the peaceful territory of nature. Thus , it was a houseful event attended by known names in the field of literature, art and government.

  About the book

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 The protagonists in most of the stories are driven to seek a state of euphoria to release these dormant passions in unguarded moments. While some stories deplore the evils of a social system that find expression in ‘Children’s Day’ (sexual abuse of children), or dowry deaths in (‘The Ultimate Payment’), others protest the crude invasion of urbanization into the peaceful territory of nature. A striking note of feminism is discernable in stories like ‘The Nowhere Nest’ and a few others where the women protagonists boldly challenge patriarchy and hypocrisy. Others like ‘The Wound’, ‘Elixir of Love’, and ‘A Strange Bond’, are efforts to dive into the human psyche to unmask the real self, haunted by a sense of guilt, insecurity and frustration.

About the author

Author Paramita Satpathy

Paramita Satpathy belongs to the second generation of modern fiction writers in Odia. In her career spanning three decades, she has carved out a niche for herself with seven short story collections and three novesl to her credit. Several of her works have been translated into books in  Hindi and English.  This work is a collection of 14 short stories written by her that have been selected from four different Odia books to depict the range and diversity of her creative output.  Paramita  is a civil servant and presently works as Commissioner of Income tax in Delhi.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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