Book Review: Rukhsat The Departure by Sujit Banerjee

  • ISIN: 978-9352015450
  • Genre: Fiction / Anthology
  • Publishers:Frog Books
  • Price: Rs. 250/- (I got this book from the publisher for a review)
" Twenty-six alphabets, twenty-six names, and twenty-six short stories. Each exploring one unique emotion, taking you into the dark recess of the mind. Some frothy and most of them dark. Most standing alone and some facing a mirror, where the same story comes alive in two different ways, through two different protagonist . Meet myriad characters - from the single-minded prostitute to the man on the railways station bereft of any memory; a woman desperate for a biological child to a dead man's trial. Meet a jealous lover with a twisted brain and a gay man's memory of a one-night encounter. Meet twenty-six such characters arrested and sentenced for life inside the pages of a book. Each one leaving an indelible mark on your soul.. "

Behind the book


About the author

Born to Bengali parents in Lucknow, Sujit grew up in Patna, where he finished his post-graduation in Psychology, from Patna University and ended up becoming a tour operator instead of a Psychologist. His work took him all over the globe and introduced him to the worlds of Mayans and Aztecs. He started getting interested in Shamanic ways, in healing and joined Pranic Healing courses to become a certified healer. Today, he both heals as well as reads Tarot cards. He continues to work in tourism and lives in Delhi. This is his first work of fiction.

Me thinks

When I first read about the book I was expecting a usual collection of short stories which were titled alphabetically. But that is where perhaps I was mistaken... hugely. This book is way different than the other anthologies that are flooding the market. This author made me sit up and take notice, not only of him or his writing but also of the world around me in a completely new manner.

Some of the stories are pretty dark, reflecting the ugliness of the world but what I loved the most was the way he connected some of the stories. It was as if you are reading one novel. By doing this he not only ensured that I remember the stories, but also that I was glued till the last page.

I was constantly on my toes as I didnt know what to expect next, which character would crop up for where and was so engrossed in reading that it was a nail biting experience. When I took the book the name Rukhsat made me feel the stories would be of love and longing but that is where the real twist is. And NO I am not letting that out yet... I would recommend you read the book to find that out.

Though the book could have done with another editing round, that in no way takes away the thrill of reading the stories. I also feel the cover does no justice to the beauty of the stories. For a debut this book is remarkable, leaving behind a promise from the author to expect more in his next books.

Strongly recommended, especially if you commute to work for long hours or keep travelling. These stories have the tendency to grow on you and can alienate the world around as long as you are holding it in your hands.

Foodie Verdict

This book is like mango and coconut tart - soft, sweet, tangy, crunchy and tons of other flavours merged into one!



  1. Thank you for the lovely review - my gratitude!

    1. Thanks for your comment, truly appreciate it!


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