Latika's wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn't think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti's wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin's help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?
Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative's place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late?
Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, "Shamsuddin's Grave", is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.
Some books have the potential to make you connected with them. You can learn some valuable things from that book, you'll be emotionally attached to the main protagonists and the book will leave a deep impression on you. 'Shamsuddin's Grave' is one of such kind. The cover of the book is simple yet complementing the title. The language of the story is easy to understand and the emotion is easy to interpret. I like the twist in the story.
I feel their problems and struggles for survival. The plot of the story is strong and powerful. The characters are well-developed; Latika is an optimistic modern woman who is willing to help people and can be bold in necessary places, where as Shamsuddin is a miya muslim of Bengali originate who is a weak and tortured soul. I felt strongly connected to Latika but understood the situation of Shamsuddin.
The book has some pros as well as cons. The story is more focused on Latika rather than Shamsuddin, which is deviating the title of the book. I think some portions are more detailed than necessary. The pages could have been a little less.
The editing also flawed at many places; In place 'your', 'you' is there and more such things. I thing it may undergo a brisk editing for such mistakes.
I will recommend it to all because apart from the cons, this is a wonderful read. I will give it a three n half rating out of five for author's amazing writing.
About the author:
Paromita Goswami is an Indian based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for many travel magazines. She is born in Shillong and spent her growing years in the Northeast before moving to Delhi. 'Shamsuddin's Grave' is her debut novel.
The book was received as part of Reviewers Programme on The Tales Pensieve.
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