'She - Ekla Cholo Re' by Dr. Shayan Haq & Santosh Avvannavar

About the Book:

Title: She - Ekla Cholo Re
Author: Dr. Shayan Haq & Santosh Avvannavar
Editor: Rajashree Ghosh
Publisher: Authors & Hoffen
Language: English
No. of pages: 58
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 9781517762162
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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? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others. 

About the Authors:

Santosh Avvannavar:

http://www.ushanarayanan.com/Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly written articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations.

He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled; Black, Grey and White; The Departing Point; God’s Table and Umbilical Cord.

He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD (www.amritafoundation.wordpress.com). He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 45,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.

Dr. Shayan Haq:
https://www.facebook.com/shayan.haqShayan is a medical doctor and cosmetologist by profession working at Bijapur, Karnataka. Born at Gaya, Bihar he spent his quality time at West Bengal and Bihar before he moved for higher education. In his free time he loves to drive, read, watch and discuss movies; and is a gadget freak.

My Views: 

I received this book today for review and I finished reading it in less than ten minutes; not only because it is only 58 pages but, also because it is impressive. I still remember a novel of which I could not read even 40 pages and it was listed as bestseller. I had not heard about this book before the author approached me. This is a simple, well-written book about the life of a transsexual. The language is good and flawless. The cover is simple, with inverted 'S' that signifies the gender issue of the main character in the book. 
The psychology and poetical references in the book add weight to the simple story. 
I personally believe that this plot can be extended beyond 50 plus pages (readers would love to know more about Kusum); having said that - I must also admit that the plot is powerful even in the given limit.
The beginning of the book, however, seems to be forced but once the story progresses, the flow becomes easy and you cannot put down the book without finishing it. There is a surprise element towards the end but it seems abrupt at the same time.

Overall, it is a brilliant effort to putforth an important message.

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