2013-02-18 17:25:07 - Lost Umbilical Land by Arindam N Sarkar. It is the author’s first novel possessing an extraordinary plot of mystery whilst evoking deep emotions such as love and pain
Arindam N Sarkar, born in 1966, is a product of Indian Civil Services and belongs to the Indian Audit & Accounts Service, 1991 Batch. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He currently resides in Colaba, South Mumbai, India. He is married and has been blessed with a daughter and a son. While he is fond of mountaineering, trekking and fishing, cooking is his passion.
‘Lost Umbilical Land’ mirrors some of the political and human realities that the Indian sub-continent has been embroiled in, though often with terrific fictional intensity. The sense of timing and the author’s story telling ability are of exceedingly high quality. This storyline does not follow the trodden path of any of
the successful writers of today, rather, it has stubbornly tried to make its own different world where all the characters, though are very distant, seem so real.
The story spins around Shatru, a brave young man and Lila Sailo, a beautiful young woman, both aspiring for Indian Nationality. Shatru was born in Germany. His father was a Bengali diplomat from erstwhile East Pakistan and his mother was from West Bengal. During the 1971 war that broke out between East and West Pakistan, his parents were killed by the West Pakistanis. Lila, on the other hand, was born in India to parents of diverse ethnicity and nationality. She was brought up in the USA as an adopted daughter of a North-East Indian family who had settled there.
Shatru and Lila met in India under compelling situations. In spite of differences in their upbringing, status and situations, they fell in love. Their perpetual struggle reflects their desperation to establish themselves as Indian Citizens. India, though home to people of diverse ethnicities since the onset of civilization, refuses to accept its very own children as its citizens.
Shatru and Lila were separated by Shatru's secret service job in the troubled MacMohan Line, Indian border with Tibet-China. Shatru had to disappear from the Himalayas under mysterious circumstances, and Lila too was forced to leave India for Ireland, to her biological mother of whom she had no memories.
Read on to know how Lila’s biological father who was an Indian Naval Officer died in the joint-naval exercise with the US Navy, how her Irish mother disowned her and married the same American Naval Rating who was found responsible for killing her father, how Lila was adopted by Mr. Sailo and how the Sailo family landed in Calcutta. Readers will be absorbed in the intriguing story of Shatru as to know why was he sent to the high Himalayas at all? How did he live on that icy mountain with the bare minimum and no moral support to fall back on? How did he perform his duties of a secret agent across the hostile international boarders? How did he keep his own past as a secret from everybody and especially from his employer? What was his relationship with the local tribes? How was he helped by a Major of the Indian army? Why did Shatru disappear from the border and what did he encounter thereafter? Who were the people responsible for his disappearance? Why was he not accepted as a citizen of his own country? How was
Lila’s adopted father killed? Why did the American Seventh Fleet enter the Bay of Bengal and what did the Russians do to recoil the fleet? Did Lila and Shatru meet again or were they separated by the tragic incidence forever? Why was Lila compelled to leave the country for an unknown nation? What happened when mother and daughter met? Did the mother accept her daughter or was Lila left devastated, all alone with fond memories of Shatru to be her only companion?
Book :- Lost Umbilical Land
Author :- Arindam N Sarkar
ISBN :- 978-93-82070-99-3
Price :- Rs. 525
Official website :- www.arindamlostland.com
Publishing Date: 2012
Publisher: Power Publishers