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Twenty six stories flow - some into each other, some crossing one another and few charting their own path. Each breathe independently and fade away after reflecting on their own existence. Each story explore an independent emotion leaving you to make our own conclusion.

If Farzana tries to deal with her own masochism then Hemakshi deals with her empty womb. If Gustav refle
Paperback, First Edition, 260 pages
Published November 18th 2015 by Frog in Well
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Dark and moving

Will touch you, no "hit" you, unaware.

I am not sure where do I keep this one. Anthropology? Disjointed short stories?

To begin with, these 26 stories are named after 26 characters. Those fabled twenty six letters of the alphabet that you and I know.

How things move and change in their lives, covered in pages less than the fingers in your hand. There was a touch of O. Henry where Sujit crafts the entire story up for up and sets up the table for an ending your mind is configured t
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Soaks your soul as a sponge getting drenched by emotions.

"Twenty six stories flow - some into each other, some crossing one another and few charting their own path."

Rukhsat is a coming together of finely written stories that have their own meaning. Sometimes they are related and most times they are not. Yet, they are independent. Have of their own.

The contrast of emotions laid bare; emotions that are all too powerful for a human heart.

A beautiful and rare collection of wri
Vishakha Tiwari
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got the book in a giveaway on Goodreads.
I am not a "short story person", to be honest and was not quite sure about my expectations with the book.
However, if there is anything that could have changed this ideology, it is this book. The stories are simple, creative and thought-provoking. The plot is unique for each of the 26 stories while never abandoning the soul reverberating though each of them. The best aspect of the book was its closeness to our traditions, inhibitions, culture and society
catherine ♡
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I really liked the variety of characters and storylines in every short story in this collection, and they definitely evoked a lot of emotion. However, there were lots of grammatical errors and formatting issues, so I really can't give this book a higher rating until it gets some professional editing. ...more
Merril Anil
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Collection of Uncommon and Irregular gems

First of all a huge thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of the book to read and review

Rukshat, The departure is definitely a unique collection of short stories. I call the book collection of uncommon and irregular gems because each story is undoubtedly a gem and surprise treat in itself but either blame it on my less developed comprehension skills that I couldn’t see the big picture or how it all fit together but then that shouldn’t be a
Manpreet Kaur
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a collection of short stories that touch different deep emotions and are also interrelated.
Let's talk about writing first because that's the first thing you'll notice about this book. The writing is super amazing and it wouldn't fail to impress you. You will just go through the first story while deeply engrossed in the excellent words.
Once you get out of that trance, you will start appreciating the theme of the stories. Those are very dark and adult themes but awesomely expressed. Each of t
Akshat Solanki
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have 2 or 3 books in the bookshelves that are short story collections and that too from authors like Great Rabindranath Tagore and Khushwant Singh. I mean, I hardly read short stories. And all of sudden, from nowhere, I got this book 'Rukhsat-The Departure' to read.

While writing/typing this review I have serious thoughts going in my head as the book made me think again & again about the ideas, opinions possessed by people living out there with hopes and other emotions.

The book contains 26 shor
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Rukhsat - The Departure - Intriguing stories of 26 myriad characters where each one leaves an indelible mark.

I was not aware that this anthology of short stories would interest me this much when I picked this at first but it proved me wrong. It gave me a chance to read about some untold stories in a neat narration. And I completed it within a day.

First of all, I loved the cover page. It is simple and apt for the title itself. With neat presentation in his debut book, the author really did a comm
Ruchi Kumar
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful fast read, this book is an series of short tales that can, at times, be overwhelming. And although, it deals with a spectrum of human situations and emotions, a recurring theme of "loneliness" is evident in a lot of the stories. It's a great read while travelling and flying, and for those days of self introspection. However, I'd advise against reading this if you're going through an emotionally vulnerable phase yourself, because this book can be an explosion of emotions. ...more
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The three I’s
Innovative, Interesting and Illusory are the elements that make this book stand out. Twenty-six alphabets of the English language serve as the starting letter of the title of each of the twenty-six chapters. It’s an innovative approach to hold the readers’ interest, which the author has successfully achieved by penning 26 short stories that are illusory in nature. The language used by the author makes each of the stories feel pregnant with suspense and when you start reading them, y
Inderpreet Uppal
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
For all of us bloggers, this book is a shining example of what writing from the heart and writing with discipline can do. It has taken Sujit from a blogger to an accomplished author. With the #AtoZChallenge just concluded last month, this book will inspire many readers and writers.

Well, this book is not just about writing a bunch of stories and publishing them. Many books just tell stories and nothing more. Rukhsat stands apart due to its stories, the twists in the tales, the subject of the stor
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note : This review was first posted in my blog my Book and Ink

There is a general misconception that Short stories are difficult to read. In Fact, Publishers and writers believe that marketing a collection of short stories is simply grueling. However, there are enough people around like this writer Sujit Banerjee, who have gone on to prove that short stories can be as marketable as a full length novel. Accomplishing this however is no easy feat unless the writer is can adeptly handle characteriz
Nupur Saha
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
to begin with "RUKHSAT-The Departure" is an experience more than just a meagre melange of short stories, its an encounter of many lives different from mine and others. some experiences stay with you, some experiences grow on you and some disappear as you march ahead in time. its an indulgence, one similar to SADDAT HASAN MANTO... the book is an knitted arrangement in the progression of the alphabetical order ( a-z) travelling a ascended emotional graph. if you are someone who revels in psychosom ...more
Sandeep Sharma
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sujit Banerjee in his debut work has transformed his A-Z Challenge of blog posts (in this case short stories) into a beautiful collection. Widely accepted phenomenon among bloggers gave Sujit Banerjee an idea to make his debut in the world of books and I must say that it is surely a brilliant one.

Rukhsat The Departure is the collection of 26 heart touching stories that are connected to each other because of the characters that are used in each story. Simple language and simplicity of thoughts to
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The stories of Sujit Banerjee's Rukhsat have a chord of melancholy running through them. The kind that pulls your heartstrings and keeps you engrossed even as you feel the pain of the characters.

There is pain and longing in these gems. And at times, hope.
There are surprises and twists too... a lingering mystery.
There are stories which are so painful you cringe, others that leave you with a very dim ray of hope (against hope),
The author manages to surprise you as the story ends. In a couple of th
Deepali Gupta
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book had been on my list ever since! starting with the cover- it is neatly designed and gives in a feeling of letting go. The cover and the title go hand in hand. It consists of 26 stories, deep and dark to every human emotion. I really like how the author has penned down each story with beauty. The description are detailed and gives you an insight of the story- the description- are appreciable. I’ve read different collection of short stories but this is by far the strongest collection. Few ...more
Amita Sehrawat
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This review was originally published at - Amita's Pen

Short stories are always a gem and a delight to read on. The best part of short stories is that they take me to a different world and I come back in no time.
‘Rukhsat The Departure’, a collection of short stories titled on their main character name starting from A to Z took me to the real world. All the stories depict a life lesson which might be bitter or sweet - but at the end I realize that it does happens.
The author has narrated different h
Tushar Gupta
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All stories from A to Z, took me to greater depths of emotions. Emotions, which i might have experienced and not explored (like- Gustav & Eklavya or Omi & Palash) to the ones which I could never imagine to feel being a guy (like- Farzana, Himakshi & Yasmin). Each story I finished and kept this book aside as the abrupt ending made me wondered how destiny in real life plays such a bigger role. The writing style is so unique, where I nearly felt what the character would have felt while experiencing ...more
 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
RUKHSAT –The Depature by Sujit Banerjee is wonderful book to read .The stories are written in an Alphabetically Way .There are twenty six stories in this book .Some stories are interwined with each other , some are heart warming , some are gut wrenching and some make you question ‘Is it possible ’.

The Author Sujit Banerjee has manfully tackled all the issues pretainning in our society by penning it in form of 26 short stories .After reading Sujit′s book , you will grow into a matured individual
Vibha Hegde
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review initially posted on :

I had chills while reading this book. There were times when I didn’t want to read further but curiosity would get the better of me and then I would start reading once again.

One thing about the book is it’s interesting enough to make the reader feel scared, elated, chilled to the bone and everything in and around with its words. It is not a “bad book”. Infact it is really good. However, this book is not suitable for young reader
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There are overall 26 stories arranged alphabetically A to Z , some standing
alone, and some chatting up with their long lost friends. All the story are engaging and will grab the attention of readers.Its a blend of emotions, feelings of anger,darkness,betrayal.
There is a mixed feeling of nostalgia and curiosity.
The stories are short & some may seems to be incomplete.

Where a story stops, another one begins. The thing wi
Chittajit Mitra
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I picked up this book I was a little worried about it, since my previous reads of short stories haven’t been impressive at all but as I read the first story itself I was assure that this book will surely touch my soul. As I finished the book I was blown away! The cover is simple & sober. The author has used quite simple language yet effective & has kept the stories brief *as short stories should be* which kept me glued to the book. I believe its one of the best Leadstart Publication product y ...more
Tushar Singh
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read collection of short stories. There is an unexpected twist at the end of some stories, some stories have been left unfinished while some are entwined with other stories. The length of the stories is ideal, language is crisp and stories deal with a variety of subjects. Most of the stories are dark dealing with the complexity of human mind, emotions and relationships but some stories are also on a lighter side. One will see real life reflections of some stories. For me the best part is ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Got this book from the author to review.
26 alphabets, 26 names and 26 short stories:Rukhsat the departure is indeed a awesome and very soothing collection of 26 short stories each exploring different emotions! Its hard to choose which of these 26 is the best, they all are superb! The narration makes the story come alive!
Despite being a fiction, sometimes the book seems like a self-help one as it gives you many lessons for life! It seems like this book is hard to categorize.
The author, Sujit Bane
Mallika Bhatia
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once I picked up this book, I could not really keep it down till I finished. I love to read fiction but this was the first set of short stories for me. Some stories really moved me, some touched me deep within, and some left me asking for more. I loved how an entire lifetime was described in just a few pages. There were some stories where I would have loved for them to go on, maybe just a few pages longer....
I would love to read more from you Mr.Banerjee.
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good book sprinkled with some happy moments, surprising turns, dark emotions and underlined sexual tension and violence. Whilst each story has a lot of depth it is actually a pretty fast and diverse read. I would recommend to pick it up for short holidays and long travels...or if you like a book that makes you wonder 'what if...' Nice work Mr Banerjee! I enjoyed reading it :) ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
A uniquely conceptualized book but I think author failed in creating variety in stories in spite having liberty of varied characters in his hand. A simple read with only few interesting stories from a list of twenty six stories. For full review : Book Review : Rukhsat - The Departure ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing stories about minds and souls.
The author does not shy away from what is hidden in Indian society. Rukhsat the departure requires a different way of reading: Flipping back and forth through the pages to grasp the essence of connecting stories. The book is an eye opener and left me feel weird sometimes.
The subtle illustrations complement the stories beautifully.

Prashanth Srivatsa
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Barring the title, which eats away a good chunk of the allure, Rukhsat is a likeable collection of stories that chronicles the daily lives of 26 characters, some meshed, all cleverly plotted and well written. Sujit doesn't shy away from manhandling tropes and revealing the cracks in the armor of the Indian culture, all the while resorting to suffering and despair as his tools. ...more
Aniruddha Sastikar
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rukhsat The Departure was a gift to me from Suji Da. I am thankful to him.
I was a bit slow in reading this wonderful book initially, but I finished reading it during my yearly holidays.
I am deeply touched with poetic language of Sujit Da, and I would recommend everyone to read Rukhsat The Departure.

Well done, Sujit. Keep it up.
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