Kolkata based poet and novelist Sampurna Chattarji released her second novel 'Land of the Well', a psychological thriller, at Oxford Bookstore in the city on Friday.
Speaking about the book, Sampurna said: "'Land of the Well' projects the tale of a shy and lonely teenager, who is on a trip with his parents to Goa and there he finds himself drawn towards a group of tourists and employs possible means to be a pert of the group."
"The book highlights the plight of the boy as he discovers himself to be a misfit in the new group of friends. The story portrays the difference between reality and delusion," she said.
The author further said: "This book has dealt with grim reality and what is happening around us. Sometimes pressure of belonging into a group can even result in committing suicide, which I think is a way expressing one's extreme dissatisfaction with the world and great internal disturbance. All these serious issues have been raised in the book."
Sampurna mentioned that extreme parental pressure to do well in every field is one of the reasons for such circumstances taking place in the society and social networking sites, for the younger generation, is a way of escaping from the real world.
"All these networking sites are ways of escaping from the harsh reality and rigid social structure. It is a world of fantasy that one creates and in virtual world one can control certain things, which they fails to do in the real world."
The author said in every generation there is lies a tendency of escaping from the real world.
Earlier generation's preferred other means of escaping, while the younger generations seeks for that freedom through Facebook and other networking sites, she said.
Oxford Bookstore in association with Harper Collins Publishers India Ltd. hosted the release of the book, followed by an interactive session with the author.
The book was released by author's father Chandak Chattarji.
(Reporting by Shreejata Niyogi; photo by Akash Goswami)