27 January, 2016

A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta - [Book review]

Book Details:

Title: A thousand Unspoken words

Author: Paulami Duttagupta

Publisher: Readomania

Genre: Fiction/ Romance

No of pages: 252

Source: A free copy from the author for review


A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, a passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?

My Review:

This is my second book by the author. I loved the first one - Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty and here is the review. 

This is the story of a famous young writer, Ridhiman who writes revolutionary books with pen name 'Musafir' and influenced many people with his writings. His books are pulped for his controversial ideologies and he escapes his death from very nearer due to his writings. This incident changes him forever and he hates his ideals and wants to run away from Musafir and make more money. But, his love interest Tilottama, an independent woman who works in the NGO run by his mother is a devoted fan of Musafir's ideologies. This is the story of Ridhiman's struggle between something he loves to do and something he has to do to earn money.

Paulami plays with words magically to create that romantic aura. I loved the subtle romance between Ridhi and Tilottama. Characterization is a major plus for this novel. Characters are very deep and novel displays different layers in a person. The character of Tilottama's father and lively Krishnakoli (Ridhi's mother), always enthusiastic Deep etc., are very naturally portrayed by the author. I got to know something about Bengali culture, cuisine to some extent through this novel :-) I loved the way the author touches upon the issues during the division of Bangladesh from India and the plights of refugees.

Mischievousness and sometimes the arrogant behaviour of hero with ego reminded me of the famous novel 'Devdas'. Tilottama with her beauty and intelligence compliments Ridhi. 

Overall, a good read, but I felt bored in the last few pages as the pace became slow. 

My Rating: 4/5

I would recommend this to everyone who love subtle romance and deep, complex characters with different layers.

About the Author

Paulami DuttaGupta is novelist and screenwriter. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India – Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.

As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.

Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty was awarded the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah- of the earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.

Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading- political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.

Until next time,

PS: I have received the book from the author in exchange of an honest review and this is my unbiased opinion on the book.

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