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Samir Satam – Author of Rhythm of Remembrance book share his journey

Samir Satam is an author of the book Rhythm of Remembrance.

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Without writing about libraries, it would be difficult to narrate my story. I was 11 years old when my father first took me to this old library in a little lane. The library had bookshelves on the ground floor, while the first-floor hosted long rows of wooden benches. It’s here that I first got a taste of literature.

One day I met this boy who never grew up in J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Illustrated). More than the story itself, I grew attached to this mysteriously charming character. My father’s challenge shifted from buying easily available posters of Superman to hunting for non-existent posters of Peter Pan in local market.

As my love-story with books grew intense with age, it amplified my preference for character-driven stories in movies too. Having little understanding of movies as a child, the most-accessible became the most-watched, until ‘Khamoshi’ released in 1996 and pulled me into the world of parallel cinema with movies like Zakhm, Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, 36 Chowringhee Lane, Mammo, etc. and later French, Italian and Bengali art-house movies.

That was a brief background of my growing-up years into this shy guy, who prefers intense conversations with few people to small-talk in large gatherings. I spend my free time reading literary fiction and poetry. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arundhati Roy, Pablo Neruda, Tagore, Margaret Atwood, Murakami are some of my favourite authors and poets.

Other than books and movies, I am a die-hard foodie and a traveller. I believe, if we have not tasted local food, we have not travelled at all. During my travels, I have developed a soft corner for photography. In my latest book ‘Rhythm of Remembrance‘, I have tried to bring together my poems and photographs to create a kind of collage of moments I have lived through.

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