“STAFF” is a collection of short stories/ fictions ,being titled after the first story of the book .
The Ramayana tells everybody about the story of the insisting Boat-man (Rower) carrying Shree Ram across the river Sarayu . That has captured hundreds of crores of Indians as a myth for thousands of years .but nobody does ever think of ,why the boat-man did not accepted that very costly ring offered (even urged) by ShreeRam as remuneration for his work !
After a gap of thousands of years Umakanta Rout (aroop) has ably unveiled the mystery in a most justified way through his fiction ‘STAFF’ . In the process of finding a reasonable reason to the deed through the activities of a bus conductor , he has not used the boat-man`s episode as merely a myth but has ably transmigrated him to the embodiment(Roopaka) of a ‘Staff’(the most modern form) of a transport bus by his craft of story framing , This is the unique feature of Umakanta`s stories , beautifully designed to sustain every merit to be counted as CLASSICs in present world of stories .
Maintaining altogether a different style the fictionist has made a twist in the last story of the book titled “DURGHATANAA “ (accident) . Full of dramatic suspense , the suitable application of co-local language has every reason to believe that it has the potentiality to move hearts with spellbound impressions and silence you for a while .
When you enter your mind into the other stories of this book and intend to determine a yardstick to measure the simple answer you get …….
- HEART TOUCHING !
- UNCOMPARABLE ! !
- INVINCIBLE ! ! !
Mr. Rout`s short stories are like soft shadows he has set out in the world…..his faint footprints ….spontaneous and emotional fragrance of his heart that never fades…. Each of his stories is a masterpiece to serve the society as guideposts/lighthouses ,keeping readability . He feels satisfaction and gets perpetual stimulation to work intellectually with brevity , balance and intensity to play with words for a better cause .