Praise for and Shortcomings of ‘They Go to Sleep’

‘They Go to Sleep’ is my debut collection of short stories. The title of this post has been suitably modified to include contrarian views to the popular perception about the book.

They Go To Sleep by Mr.Saugata Chakraborty consists of multiple short stories, each very DISTINCTIVE and ATTRACTIVE. The stories have great twist and turns which keeps the reader engaged in the book. This book should not be read in a hurry. The 12 short stories are very UNIQUE in themselves, with each part opening up a new door of thinking.

The writer has maintained a flow in the reading, with twists and thrills happening; some readers may need to occasionally take use of a dictionary to correctly understand the meaning of some words used.

Overall, for the price of the book, I think this books is WORTH IT, and will be a great collection in your book reads. Thank you for reading my review, if you have any questions, please mention them below in the ‘Comments Section’ and I will surely answer them.”

— Shikhar Panwar (Amazon.in Reviewer Ranked 35)

“This is a book of multiple short stories. If you do not like short stories and like to go for a lengthy novel type read, this book is not for you.

The main highlight of the book is its diversity and ‘sting in the tail’. One story is totally different from another but has a single linkage – they all have quite unexpected twists which might have been totally overlooked by all.

It is “not” a casual read as you cannot enjoy and feel the twist being in that attitude. In addition to that, the whole book is written in simple, easy-to-follow pattern, except for the twists.

Overall, it is quite a good one and not a book to be hurried upon.”

— Shahrukh Ahmed (Amazon.in Reviewer Ranked 80)

” There are some books that you can breeze through with half a mind, whereas there are some that need your complete attention. “They Go to Sleep” not only belongs to the latter category, it also requires the reader to absorb each detail of the narrative before moving on to the next scene. Even if you miss a tiny item, you are bound to lose the thread of the story.

Saugata Chakraborty unleashes tale upon tale with a tightly-woven narrative which often takes such hairpin bends that the reader has to turn back a few pages just to get a grip on it. I found myself re-reading portions of several stories because I was baffled by the rapid turn of events.

Perhaps the most complex of all the short stories is “The Man Who Sold His Gods,” which spans locations as far flung as Chennai, Washington D.C., and Singapore. “Six Days, Seven Lives” is almost a shortened version of a novella as it laces together characters from Gujarat, Ernakulam, Paris, Mumbai, West Bengal, and New Delhi. When the denouement arrives, you cannot help but feel overwhelmed when you realize the lost potential of the artists. “P for Payback” is equally intricate and I admit I took quite a bit of time to understand what was going on.

“It was Time” is the shortest story, barely two pages long but it packs a mighty punch. I kept turning the page wondering if there could be more—I felt a sudden sense of loss at the end. The stories aren’t all meant to thrill. There are some light, heart-warming ones, too, like “A Man of Letters” and “What’s in a Name?” A topical tale with a heart-rending end is “The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana,” which deals with the issue of fake profiles on social media and the boredom of middle-aged housewives. I found the depiction of death in “Blowing in the Wind” quite disturbing and it was the only time when I felt that I needed to put down the book and recover a bit.

My least favorite stories were “The Other Side,” which I felt had unnecessary sub-plots and a predictable finale and “Aperture,” which I simply did not enjoy.

Chakraborty does not let up the pace at any point in the book. You feel unsatisfied when one story comes to an end and you want to pick up the next one quickly. I even read through the glossary at the end although I didn’t need to since most of the foreign words were familiar. I just wanted the roller-coaster ride to continue for a bit longer.

“They Go to Sleep” demands that you engage all your senses and immerse yourself in the myriad plots, characters, and cultures. It’s also a book that begs to be re-read, if only to experience the thrill, the joy, and the pain all over again. “

— Satabdi Mukherjee, Blogger and Amazon.in Reviewer Ranked 186, Bengaluru

” The stories are not theme based hence each one is unique and
independent in itself. In this way the author manages to avoid
monotonous voice in the collection.

Endings are unpredictable. So you have to read till the end when you
start one. The climax of The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana was completely out of the box. It took me by surprise.

The stories are not an easy breezy read. It is a short book of only
100 pages or so, but it took me five days to complete it. The stories
are not soul searching or heavy read that you have to take breaks
every now and then. Somehow the writing style of the author, too many characters, sub stories, multiple plots made it difficult to read the
book in a flow. You have to keep going back as you have lot the track.

You have to read it like drinking wine, slowly and attentively. Even
then I think you have to reread it, especially the ones which have
huge ensemble of characters and constant change in location. And if
you manage to do so then all the stories are amazing.”

— From the Bookworld review by Ritu Maheshwari. Please don’t go by her Amazon reviewer rank (679) alone. A look at her profile will tell you that she does not mince her words even for books by celebrities. Read the complete review that talks in length about pros and cons with the book at https://bookworld.in/they-go-to-sleep-saugata-chakraborty-short-stories/

” A book of 12 short stories, each of them unique in their styling and story, with a common thread of unexpected outcomes at the end. I found the stories really refreshing from the regular run of the mill thrillers that we come across these days. My personal favorite being “They Go to Sleep” because of the storyline as well as the historical link which made me reach out to Google uncle. “A Man of Letters” is another one that I liked, for its unusual human touch coming from a robot! Similarly I lked many other stories for various reasons, and this space is not enough to mention them all. In short, this is one unputdownable book that you’ll definitely like, and has become a prized possession for me…”

— Debarati Ganguly, IT Professional, Bengaluru

“The most notable feature of this book is the writing pattern followed by Saugata here that has made it an attractive read. None of the stories are told in a straight line. Hence, the reader has to go back and forth in order to connect the dots thus engaging him in the storyline.

Some of the reviewers have termed the book as a thriller. I am not in agreement with such an observation. The author, whom Saugata has paid a tribute to by keeping a dozen of stories in the book, Satyajit Ray also used to keep stories belonging to different genres in his ‘Ek Dozen’ series.

There are not only the drug mafia, murderers and idol offenders prowling all over the world in the ‘They Go to Sleep’ and ‘The Man who Sold his Gods’ or the political thriller ‘P for Payback’ and the mysteries ‘Blowing in the Wind’ and ‘The Short Lives of Shazia Sultana’ but also stories with the hint of a beginning of an affair such as ‘What’s in a Name’ or one with the spine-chilling climax in ‘It was Time’. A science-fiction in ‘A Man of Letters’, the heart-rending ‘The Other Side’ or a turbulent Kashmir as seen through the lens of a photojournalist in ‘Aperture’ provides altogether different perspectives of human emotions while the poised storytelling of ‘Rare’ and ‘Six Days, Seven Lives’ has an appeal of a different kind.

The book, it appears, has sold like hot cakes on its debut. Those who have not read it so far are highly recommended to pick up this slender paperback with a brilliant cover to match its contents and get familiar with Juanita, Ananth Ramanujan, Chayanika, Promod Moitra aka Pramod Mhatre, Khusnuma, Sazia Sultana and of course, the Kolkata Police Detective Sutanu Deb!”

— Priyankar Chakrabarty, Police Officer, Kolkata

” THEY GO TO SLEEP is a collection of 12 electrifying short stories which will keep your brain running and your heart pumping. It is said that “The Brain is wider than the Sky” and this book will test your limits of imagination. With its thrilling and unpredictable endings, each story takes you to another level. It is like stepping into a room full of mysteries and with every page passing by, you go deeper and deeper into the puzzle. Once you reach page 97, the end, you are already part of the puzzle. The book blurb quotes, “They Go To Sleep will surely compel the readers to keep their midnight lamps burning” but I believe it has the power of keeping you awake even if you close the lamps. Overall, They Go To Sleep is a must read for everyone who loves unexpected thrilling twists and turns.”

— Shafaque Iqbal, Blogger and owner, Salismania.com, New Delhi

” I bought this product from Notion press and got it in four days.
I appreciate the writing and the twists and turns as well as the deep insight into the topics of the author.
If you have started reading once, you can’t keep it until you have read all the stories.
A healthy and a nerve chilling thriller, keeps you in the curiosity and you are always wanting more from it.
Thanks to Saugata for such an excellent book.
Definitely waiting for the next one.👍”

— Abhishek Naithani, School Teacher, Rishikesh

They Go to Sleep is a gripping debut thriller that will keep you hooked. Dealing with human psyche and their instincts, the protagonists will appear familiar yet enigmatic.Stories are kept short and each one with a twist in the end, will leave you longing for more.
The fluidity of the language used in writing helps thoroughly in the flow. The detailing in each story deserves special mention.
However, what intrigued me most, is that the writer claimed to have lifted most of the characters and incidences from his real life situations with a pinch of creative liberty. Waiting for more such stuff from him in future.

— Ruplekha Mitra, Doctor, Kolkata

” Very beautiful writing style, kept me awake flipping pages through out the night. Looking forward to more from the author. “

— Bodhisatta, Lawyer, Kolkata

” This book has 12 short stories which is written in a very crisp manner. Those who don’t like long narrative will enjoy this book to the utmost.”

–Sangeeth Moses, Chennai

” Wonderful. Page turner. You will feel yourselves smiling at the end of the story – with the unexpected twists. U will take many moments in between to stop and guess the ending and I think that was intended. But u fail to and continue reading along to find out. Good choice of words and channeling the story from different perspectives. Looking forward to the next book (from the author). “

— Ganesh Kumar R, Central Banker, Mumbai

“One dozen stories, each totally different from the other, shows the superb story telling skills of the writer. Just when I felt that I had gotten a hang of the plot and could predict the end, the story would take an unpredictable twist, leaving me confounded. One then feels the impulse to read and re-read each story to understand what is written between the lines and what is left to the interpretation of the reader. The stories are definitely not meant for light reading and they force one to exercise one’s grey cells. Each plot, with its gripping twists and turns, stays with you for a long time. Waiting for the next book by Mr.Chakraborty.”

— Shweta S, Central Banker, Mumbai

(sic) “Out of 12 , 5 of them are there i loved and enjoy throughlly those are:
six day seven lifes, the man who sold his gods, it was time,short life of Shazia sultana, what in a name…. They were good as all of them talk about different aspects of life,
Each story has its life, true but these 5 have something special, how lifes of people changes in 6 days events after committee of summer Olympics Mexico want to honour so painting, another is of a guy who sold artificial of god or say smuggle them in the world, story of a dead man was in , it was time, life of ladies in society whose husband’s are disloyal to them , is Shazia Sultana story who find happiness in online sites without any strings attached, and what’s in a name is a story on co-incidence

▶cover looks awesome
▶ Some stories are good
▶plots of some are to read carefully
▶ mysterious nature of book provoke you to read it fast.
▶ All are from 3 person perspective. “

— Poonam Bindra, Ludhiana

“This book came in a good condition where I was really bemused with the cover it has a certain kind of sadness and a certain amount of feeling happy in the solitude. The black and white picture really brings in all the feels for extremes of emotions. The book is a collection of amazing stories which had different themes and the moral of every story was cryptic. This book will only be understood well if you read it properly because of the way it has been written. I really liked the way narration has been done. I somewhere felt every story said something about cities and it’s people. Easy words have been used to make it more reachable to everyone.

The majority essence of the book is in the way it has been written in a mysterious way.”

— Deepali Gupta (Amazon Reviewer Rank#653), Mumbai

” They Go to Sleep by Saugata Chakraborty is a collection of short stories with suspense and thriller intake. Each story has their own uniqueness. The author’s writing style is good yet at certain places the language was difficult to adhere.
Writing a short story involving suspense and maintaining the visibility of all the characters throughout is a difficult task yet the author written it so beautifully and made us involve completely into it.
Stories I liked the most are, “It was time” and “What’s in a name? were really good. The author could have given a shot of expanding the 12 stories in a brief manner and publish them as a separate book filling more suspense and thrilling effect, a suggestion that crept my mind.
The title of each story is mind-blowing and apt matching their plot’s exactly. To write a suspense thriller, creativity is required and putting all those knots and removing the same without dissolving the essence of the story must have great effort and efficiency, and the author mastered the same in a magnificent way.
Overall the book was good, and I would recommend it to all readers who love short stories mixed with suspense and thriller effect.”

— Priya Arun, Chennai

” I was intrigued by the title and thought it would be an amazing read but I was disappointed. It is a collection of few stories. I could just connect to 3-4 stories and rest just didn’t connect.
I didn’t see theme on which all the stories were based. Every story was way different from each other that’s OK but connection was missing. The ones which I liked where – It was time, what’s in a name, the short lives of Shazia Sultana. I was not very impressed by how the stories where penned down few of them were hard for me to understand. Just didn’t met my expectation.”

Hema Talreja, Mumbai

The mandatory marketing pitch. You can buy the book at: https://www.amazon.in/They-Go-Sleep-Saugata-Chakraborty/dp/168466361X

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