Assam bus driver's memoir becomes one of the best-sellers at 33rd Guwahati Book Fair

Assam bus driver's memoir becomes one of the best-sellers at 33rd Guwahati Book Fair

Over 1,500 copies of the book were sold by the fifth day of the book fair.

'Life of a Driver - Cabinor Ipare', a heartwarming memoir of a night driver from Assam has become one of the best-sellers at the 33rd Guwahati Book Fair. According to reports, over 1,500 copies of the book were sold by the fifth day of the book fair.

The memoir written in simple Assamese language by Rupam Dutta recorded one of the highest sales among 200-plus books that were launched at the event.

In 488 pages, the book chronicles Dutta's life as a bus driver in the state of Assam. For the past 15 years, he has made trips from Tinsukia, Digboi, Jorhat, Guwahati, Duliajan, and other parts of Assam. He has even taken his ride out of the state to Itanagar and other towns.

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Dutta told the Sentinal he started working on the book in 2019, when he was preparing to send some of his scribbles to a social media group, When the readers were inspired by his writings, he decided to write it like a book.

"Most of the people don't want to respect drivers who to have feelings. Drivers know how to take risks, and the basis of this work (book) is the risk factor that drivers take. I started writing this book in September 2019 when I was sending the story in piecemeal to a social media group that I've been attached to. The readers' response inspired me to give the shape of this book,” he told the newspaper.

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Dutta's book chronicles his experience as a driver from 2002 to 2018. The chapters talk about his 15-year driving experience and the constant risks that he and other drivers undertake during duty hours.

In the memoir, Dutta has also highlighted some interesting experiences he has had with passengers.

"We drivers make sure to take all the precautions and can only hope that the driver coming from the opposite direction will take those too. We operate on faith." He further pointed out how there's never a 'safety net' for a driver's family, in case the former loses his life," he told Live Mint.

Dutta completed his studies at Gauhati Commerce College and then joined an engineering college in the state. But due to lack of higher qualification, he ended up doing part-time jobs before becoming a full-time driver.

He started working on the book, which is written in simple Assamese language, after resigning from his driving job.

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