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Book Review #101 : Frosted Glass by Sabarna Roy

Author: Sabarna Roy

Genre: Short stories and poetry

Ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

'Frosted Glass' is a collection of 14 short stories and 21 poems which focuses mainly on the modern-day relationships that we come across every day. Strangely in the stories section, the protagonist name is same in all the stories which might be confusing for some people. But each story is unique with different character and plot altogether.

The stories have so much depth to it and are narrated in a raw manner. The author had explained the human emotions and how our thoughts, jealousy, the ego can lead to disastrous events in our lives. The way the characters chat so casually about raping a girl, the marriage nowadays which has become purely materialistic and the betrayal of a friend, the lost love and so on depict out human nature really well and it has been portrayed by the author very brilliantly.

Although the stories have a lot of sexual content, you need to read carefully and concentrated on the storyline to understand the in-depth meaning of the stories. The author did not hold back in showcasing the emotions in a very harsh and raw manner. The book also gives us beautiful details of Kolkata and Mumbai and the events that occurred like plague, communist movement etc.

And the poems focus on the emotion Love in the form of friendship, mother's love etc. It focuses on our want of love in our lives. Just like any of his poetries these poems too require you to read thoroughly and slowly to understand the depth and meaning the author is trying to explain.

The author's choice of words is commendable and it requires you to have a little higher comprehension skill to read his stories and poems. For a beginner, this book might be a little difficult to understand.

Overall it was a great read and I recommend this book to everyone.

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