Arindam N Sarkar, born in 1966, is a product of Indian Civil Services and belongs to the Indian Audit & Accounts Service, 1991 Batch. He is an alumnus of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He currently resides in Colaba, South Mumbai, India. He is married and has been blessed with a daughter and a son. While he is fond of mountaineering, trekking and fishing, cooking is his passion.
‘Lost Umbilical Land’ mirrors some of the political and human realities that the Indian sub-continent has been embroiled in, though often with terrific fictional intensity. The story spins around Shatru, a brave young man and Lila Sailo, a beautiful young woman, both aspiring for Indian Nationality. Shatru was born in Germany. His father was a Bengali diplomat from erstwhile East Pakistan and his mother was from West Bengal. During the 1971 war that broke out between East and West Pakistan, his parents were killed by the West Pakistanis. Lila, on the other hand, was born in India to parents of diverse ethnicity and nationality. She was brought up in the USA as an adopted daughter of a North-East Indian family who had settled there.
Shatru and Lila met in India under compelling situations. In spite of differences in their upbringing, status and situations, they fell in love. Their perpetual struggle reflects their desperation to establish themselves as Indian Citizens. India, though home to people of diverse ethnicities since the onset of civilization, refuses to accept its very own children as its citizens.
Shatru and Lila were separated by Shatru's secret service job in the troubled MacMohan Line, Indian border with Tibet-China. Shatru had to disappear from the Himalayas under mysterious circumstances, and Lila too was forced to leave India for Ireland, to her biological mother of whom she had no memories.
Read on to know how Lila’s biological father who was an Indian Naval Officer died in the joint-naval exercise with the US Navy, how her Irish mother disowned her and married the same American Naval Rating who was found responsible for killing her father, how Lila was adopted by Mr. Sailo and how the Sailo family landed in Calcutta. Readers will be absorbed in the intriguing story of Shatru as to know why was he sent to the high Himalayas at all? How did he live on that icy mountain with the bare minimum and no moral support to fall back on? How did he perform his duties of a secret agent across the hostile international boarders? How did he keep his own past as a secret from everybody and especially from his employer? What was his relationship with the local tribes? How was he helped by a Major of the Indian army? Why did Shatru disappear from the border and what did he encounter thereafter? Who were the people responsible for his disappearance?
Book: Lost Umbilical Land
Author: Arindam N Sarkar
Publishing Date: 2012
Publisher: Power Publishers