'A Thousand Unspoken Words' by Paulami DuttaGupta

About the Book:

Title: A Thousand Unspoken Words
Author: Paulami DuttaGupta
Publisher: Kurious Kind Media Private Limited (Readomania)
Language: English
No. of pages: 211 (kindle version) | 216 (paperback)
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 978-8192997599
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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, 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?

About the Author:

http://www.readomania.com/author/paulamidg https://twitter.com/shillonggal https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14115933.Paulami_Dutta_Gupta

Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.

She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.

Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012. Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.
“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and was released in September’14.

Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.
She has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.

My Views:

The cover of the book is simple, meaningful and attractive. There are very few books that pique your interest from the very beginning; this book is definitely one of those. In the first few pages of the book, the author introduces you to 'Tilotamma', who has feelings for 'Musafir', an idealistic writer; and Riddhimaan - a photo journalist who seeks shelter in Tilotamma's house in an attempt to hide from people trying to hurt him.

As you continue reading you are introduced to more characters one by one. Krishnakoli Banerjee, Riddhimaan's mother, is portrayed as a strong woman with a sense of humour who shares a special bond with her son. Her attempts to help her son settle down in life make you smile and fall in love with her. All the characters are really well drawn out. Each and every character plays his/her part in shaping the story. The strengths, weaknesses, confusions and determination of all the characters is handled beautifully. The perfect balance of the good and bad in the character makes it difficult to judge the character in various situations mentioned in the book. The inner conflict of 'Musafir' is well-expressed and makes the reader feel the anguish.

The plot is interesting. Starting from Tilotamma's feelings for Musafir, to Riddhimaan's attraction to Tilotamma, progressing to a budding love-story between the protagonists; the story takes you on a ride you least expect. This is not just another mushy love-story; this book is about one's struggle to prove one's identity, it is about the journey from being strangers to being soulmates. It's about relationships and misunderstandings. It is about sacrifices made and sacrifices demanded.
The chemistry and understanding between the protagonists is dealt-with beautifully.

As the story progressed, I could not keep the kindle down and ended up finishing 60% of the book in less than a day. The flow is steady without too many twists and turns. Language is good and easy. The emotions of the  characters are brought out so well that the typos (very few) can be easily ignored.

My favorite from the book:

"If you are grains of sand, I will be the waves. Every time I come to you, you might push me away, but you would also mingle with me little by little until we both forget who the wave is and who the sand."

At one point I wondered -
Why 'Tilotamma' is so obsessed with 'Musafir' when she has 'Riddhimaan' in her life, loving her unconditionally; and to such an extent that it begins to destroy 'Riddhimaan.' There are some questions you might not get answer to but, overall, this is a good book to read and I would definitely recommend it.

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