Title : She…Ekla Chalo Re
Author : Dr Shayan Haq ,Santosh Avvannavar
Editor : Rajashree Ghosh
Blurb : Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission?Read on to find out about Kusum’s undying passion for life,her love, and aspirations.
The motivation to write ‘She’ came from Tagore’s”Ekla Chalo Re” song,which urges the protagonist to continue despite the fear of abandonment from others.The song goes like this, ‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Chalo Re’ meaning “if no one responds to your call,then go your own way alone.”
My View : The concept is new in the market, and where many queues up to speak on the same concept, comes another set of writers.This is the second book, I’m reading which discusses the same topic but in a way precise manner.It is like one such short story which one could complete in minutes.Santosh Avvannavar’s books are known for the thinnest one,which brings out a hot topic in the form of some humorous story.As with this story, I was not that much happy with the plot, as some more twists could make it a great read.
Authors bring out the story in a very approaching manner, the reader who likes simplicity would like his story-telling art very much.But usually, reader would like to dwell in the story, they would like to live the life of protagonist’s, and here authors are in so hurry to complete the story, that they doesn’t take care of these things while penning the book.As the concept is new, and you could find very few books available in the market on the same concept,so the concept will definitely grab your attention.
It’s true that most of the readers doesn’t like to go through thick books, as before purchasing the book they see for the number of pages.But that doesn’t speak that author should thin up the book to this extent.This thin and petite book would want to touch reader’s heart,but as far as story is involved, reader is required to feel every emotion in order to feel involved in the story.But with this very precise story, authors don’t give enough time to readers to participate in the story.
As far as his previous books I’ve gone through, they are also thin, and I enjoyed covering the short journeys.But there, the demand of the book was like that, if he could have down-poured the story with more content, it would bore readers,but in this story demand is of to get drained with the story, to get drenched with the protagonist’s emotion and to live a new life, which a short story like this fails to provide such ambiance.
If someone like very precise stories, he/she might find it a good read.
I wish to read author’s full fledged novel, as the topics chosen by him entice me, and the simplicity he maintains touches me.
Rating : 2.5/5
Reviewer : Shweta Kesari