Wednesday, March 23, 2016

BOOK REVIEW : SHE - EKLA CHOLO RE

Sometimes simplicity is all that is needed to touch the heart. The more uncomplicated a story, the better it penetrates within.

Santosh Avvannavar and Shayan Haq pen this poignant short story called "SHE - EKLA CHOLO RE" which can be easily finished off in a single sitting of about half an hour and yet move you.

PLOT

Set in the 1990s, this story revolves around 2 characters- renowned Dr Rajendra Mukherjee and a female called Kusum. The authors delicately talk about homosexuality and gender changes and how stupidly the society reacts to such things.

At one point, the authors write- "Real love and truth go together."
I couldn't help but agree to what they wrote.

The entire Bengali setup is very beautifully done. The overall plot is pretty simple - a man giving a lift to a lone lady on the highway. But what follows is very beautifully penned.

There are simple things which touch the heart - Kusum getting reminded of her own mother on meeting Raj's mother, Kusum remarking at how all men think alike and about the same thing.

What struck me was the ease with which the authors conveyed a very important message.
"YOU ARE WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BE." - such a beautiful line.

Also, Rabindranath Tagore helps make the story into an even more beautiful one with his immortal poems.

There is one more line that I loved. It is relevant even today in any random scenario - "It is very natural for a person to get attracted to the opposite sex on hearing to his/her emotional story."

OVERALL, this is a very well written story. Uncluttered, uncomplicated and inundated with simplicity, this is a must read for everyone.

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