Title-She ekla cholo re
Publisher-Authors & Hoffen
Number of pages-58
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 because of our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? t Kusum’s undying passion for life, her love, and aspirations.
The motivation to write ‘She’ came from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo 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 Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re” meaning “if” no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone.
I received this copy to review from the author itself for an unbiased review and was really excited to read it as the title “She: Ekla cholo re” is perfect enough to attract anyone’s attention.
She, an exceptional kind of story, is all about a transgender Kusum who doesn’t fit in ‘he’ or ‘she’ category. Kusum struggles to find her own identity as her family and lover abandon her. She under goes through a sex change surgery, only for her lover so that she could marry him and they led a happy life ever after but he leaves her despite of Kusum’s effort to be with him.
What I liked?
The blurb is apt. The ending of the story is unexpected totally so don’t miss that (telling you before hand.)
The song ‘Ekla Cholo Re’ that the Author chosen to write the story on and also included in between the novel is worth praising.
What I didn’t like?
The thing that disappointed me was, it could be more descriptive. As earlier said also, the title is so good but the cover doesn’t come under that wow-it’s-an-amazing-cover or the-cover-is-so-good category.
The language and the writing style is good and easy to understand. I’ve found slight grammatical errors there in the book.
Overall a quick and light read it was.
And keeping all the good points and turn offs in mind, I would rate it 3 stars out of 5.
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