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?
The book “SHE : EKLA CHOLO RE” is a delicately written novellete by Santosh Avvannavar and Dr Shayan Haq. It is woven around the dilemma which the typical gender classification puts before some people.
“You are what you choose to be”-bringing out this beautiful message to us, the book has an apt title. With inspiration as the famous bengali song “Ekla Cholo Re” of Rabindrana Nath Tagore, th book carves out a courageous tale of KUSUM who is forced to hide her real identity.
“SHE” deals with the pain of the most ignored section of society and the atrocities they bear. Though the story plot could’ve been better, it was a nice try of introducing a fresh topic.
While in the quirky conversation between Kusum and Raj you can find some nice psychological delights and inspiring messages, the book has an ending which is cherry on the cake. So, if you are up for a quick read then SHE can be a welcome sight.
My Rating : 3.5/5
I received a gift copy of this book from the authors in return of an honest review.
P.S.-This is the first book review I’ve written so I’m up for criticism.Please let me know what were the weak points. ☺️