The title of the story was chosen aptly, the main protagonist of the story did emancipate finally. He got himself free from all sorts of restriction.
It is a fictional story, about a little town of Assam. The plot revolves around three leading characters Bankim, Amrita and Devyanka. The prologue starts with Bankim entering a coffee shop, during his lunch break where the owner of the shop had an argument with the manager, who was later fired from his job. Its here that our protagonist starts narrating his story to the owner in exchange of a few cups of coffee.
In the story Bankim ‘s younger self is like any other teenage boy, who is infatuated with a girl taking it to be love. In his case he wasn’t careful enough letting the girl penetrate into his systems. Got deteriorated in his studies started drinking, smoking out of frustration. He finally gave up the mental torture and broke up with her. This didn’t lessen the obstacles for him. After a few days he met another girl , with whom he was in love -at -first -sight.
Suddhabrata has done a great job in detailing out the scenario of a little town, though the number of times he used the word small town could be abated. Keeping in mind that the author is just budding author I would conclude saying if you are into young adult love stories you’ll surely love this one.
The title of the story is befitting and ambiguous because a dark soul can never have its shadow, but from the context of the story some dark past may haunt us and follow us like a shadow.
The book definitely fits in the fiction genre. The summary is as follows:
Zayesha is a young journalist who just doesn’t run after the news or is any sort of media hypocrite. She tries to bring out the truth in the public. She has a lesbian neighbor Liza and her Catholic mom Ms.Chandelier. Her boyfriend Is training for the civil services. Her family is against her choice of profession.
One day on Mrs. Chandelier’s insistance she visited The Shadow Of The Dark Soul. It is a group which consisted of people who have either been raped or their near ones faced something similar. These people didn’t want sympathy or pity instead they wanted to have a normal life where none would speak about their and look upon them as any other normal person. This little visit had stirred her heart, her thoughts were in turmoil. She finally took a drastic step and was fired from her job. But she didn’t stop at that she adopted one of the girls whose mother had been raped .
Our author Sukhmani Gandhi’s point of view is a little different from others according to her if we try to change the outlook of our male dominant society only then can we put an end to brutal crimes against women. Curbing the lifestyle of females will do no good rather we will have to teach our boys respect towards women. I totally agree with her regarding this matter. When a convict is punished the punishment us borne only by him but if we can change a society’s outlook then a mass number od people will affected.
One of my favorite conversation between Zayesha ‘s daughter and son:
I heard Princess telling her little brother “It’s okay honey. I cry too. When I’m hurt… just because yoy are a boy, that doesn’t mean you don’t cry you’ll be fine in some time. “
The conclusion of the book is very convincing where the author says that being humans we only think about the popular matters around us, we don’t go into the depth of things. If we truly want to develop humanity we must be able to change our view about the society. “Girls should not always be called victims instead we should call them Survivors. ”