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Friday, 29 November 2013

My Glass of Wine by Dr. Kiriti Sengupta (Press Release)

Dr. Kiriti Sengupta is back with his scintillating novelette, My Glass of Wine 

Popular author Kiriti Sengupta is back with his new book My Glass of Wine, which is slated to be released on December 24, 2013. It is often said that literary non fictions do not enjoy much readership. Author Kiriti Sengupta has vehemently shattered the popular notion with his other books, The Unheard I, and The Reciting Pens. These titles have been widely reviewed across the globe, and were highly appreciated! In spite of their limited availability across the bookstores, Sengupta has found his niche in the world of English literature. And now he is back with a scintillating novelette My Glass of Wine. This is best described as ‘autobiographic poetry,’ as Sengupta has urged: “It was not only the wine/but that the glass was mine.”  Publisher Author’s Empire is all set to gift the world the latest from Sengupta’s basket. As the bestselling author-editor Don Martin (U.S.A.) has honestly stated in his foreword: “…One thing I learned is that Kiriti can be a poet of few words. I actually admire that! I see too many poets who try to be flowery just for the sake of being flowery, like they are being paid by the word or something. Not here! Kiriti uses just enough words to put his meaning across, and that’s it! You pretty much get what you see, and reading a Sengupta poem is not in the least bit tedious. It’s a refreshing change!” Sengupta, who has generously acknowledged the influences of the eminent actor Shabana Azmi, and the quintessential agony uncle Suhel Seth, has written in the introduction, “…with this book My Glass of Wine I humbly intend to offer my loyal readers to enjoy shreds of autobiographic images along with some poetry weaved into the prose.” 

After the success of his other four books  – The Reciting Pens (his interviews of three published Bengali poets along with his translations of a few of their poems), The Unheard I (literary nonfiction), Byakul Shabdo Kichu (Bengali poetry), and Aay Na (Bengali nonfiction based on free verses) - this is Sengupta’s fifth book. Kolkata based Dental Surgeon Kiriti Sengupta is a well-known bilingual poet. He has also done several translation works both in Bengali and English.
            A proud member with the Inner Child Press, limited (U.S.A.), Kiriti’s earlier works have been published in e-zines, Tajmahal Review, Kritya, The Hans India, and in international anthologies – Heavens Above: Poetry Below (Canada), and Twist of Fate (U.S.A.).

My Glass of Wine consists of seven wonderful chapters with human emotions and relations. Throughout the book he tries to touch upon various cultural aspects in India, and of course he did not leave the core essence of love. Blessed his poetic soul! While ‘As I Traversed’ talks about a beautiful romantic date between author and his wife, ‘My Glass of Wine’ scrutinizes religious fanaticism and author’s search for Christianity. In ‘My Sister’s Bhaiya’ author focused on religion which “has left its profound mark in the psyche of Indians, but has failed to alter their behavioral pattern.” ‘In Southern Affiliation’ author praises south-Indian people for their warm hospitality and applauds them for representing “true flavor of the Indian culture”. In ‘Rains’ Sengupta talks about love, which “is not a volatile thing, but a strong cerebral affair”. In ‘Clips’ the  author portrays parent-child relationship, and in ‘My Master and The Cover’ he continues with his soul search.
         The usage of brilliant illustrations in each chapter makes the book more attractive and worth keeping it.

We expect that Kiriti Sengupta’s My Glass of Wine will be received as warmly by the readers as it has been with his previous books. Noted poet and academician Dr. A.V.Koshy (Jazan University, Saudi Arabia), in his critical overview, has opined, “…
The best thing about the book is its condensation, there is a lot here in a short space and the reader can return to it again and again, savor it and learn many things in the process…” Renowned artist-critic Rob Harle from Australia has forwarded his note: “…the book is largely about Kiriti’s life, loves and adventures. A highly personal communication. Short prose vignettes, at times presenting challenging ideas, each followed by an associated poem make this slim volume a delightful read.” Famous writer-reviewer Sony Dalia (Hyderabad) has expressed his views: “Any lover of poetry always is mesmerized and becomes ecstatic and zany remembering the famous expression of John Keats “Beaded bubbles winking at the brim” in one of his immortal odes. Whether one is a votary of Bacchus and his ‘bearded pards’ or not, mention of ‘wine’ certainly evokes cascading thoughts, gliding ideas and effervescent memories. What more intoxication is there to crave for than reading a good book of heady stuff? Kiriti has succeeded in creating that ‘sweet numbness’ with this crystal goblet of My Glass of Wine….” My Glass of Wine is dedicated to Dr. Hulya Yilmaz, Senior Lecturer with the College of the Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University. In her note Dr. Yilmaz has remarked, “…Composing a hybrid work of literature is a challenge in and by itself. To deliver in that work a content as phenomenal as spirituality intensifies the task at hand. In his third book, My Glass of Wine, Dr. Kiriti Sengupta accomplishes this difficult undertaking with apparent ease. Moreover, his keen insight in to the Indian mystical traditions has universal appeal, as his discussion and use of imagery – such as wine, intoxication, sun is inclusive of other spiritual teachings, Sufism, in particular. …”
My Glass of Wine will be available in all the major bookstores and online bookstores across the country. For pre-booking click on the link below:

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