Life is indeed strange!
In every bend, in every corner of life- life is ready with new surprises, with new twists- that can never be matched even with the wildest imaginations of the most thrilling pot-boiler.
Human brain sometimes tries to fathom the logic behind all the strange happenings-enough to beat wildest of imaginations in fictions.
Subconscious mind sometimes provides it with the answer.
Sometimes it remains silent, placing the human soul in a dilemma-where to go? What to do?
Past, present and future- all drifting towards uncertainty…………………. (Yes, I mentioned past.)
Bhaskryya Deka’s novel-‘The unwanted shadow’ –is a work of fiction that will put its readers into this uncertainty- where all the past, present and future of individual is blurred into a hazy shadow.
It’s an absorbing tale of love, hate and revenge……………
The first aspect that will catch reader’s attention is the utter simplicity of the language and the ease with which the story line flows. The story-line is spontaneously flowing like a stream-turn of events is making the story more and more interesting as it progresses.
He comes from one of the thousands of small towns of India-hails from a middle class background-but his ambitions were neither small nor middle class. His father – a school teacher had an ambition for him in his mind-being in the same profession-like father, like son-but he had some other ideas. He never wanted to be a frog in a well –but had some other ‘cosmic’ ambitions. And study was a means for him to climb up the ladder of ambition. In the words of the writer-
“And it was these dreams that gave me the incentive to study late in the night, till my eyes ached. Education means a lot of things to people, but for me it was an escape. With all the work in the in the house, sometimes things drove me crazy, but I knew that if ever I could leave this place, education would be my only saviour.”
He had three sisters.. As a member of a patriarch orthodox family- the crossing lines for the girl children had been earmarked by the head of the family-his father. To him – biting the apple of love is a sin and should be penalised strictly. So when one of our protagonist’s sisters did the same thing- his father not only punished her but also arranged for her marriage. And so she bade adieu to the family and her beloved brother. The moment of separation has been drawn up by the writer with skill
‘Richa didn’t talk to father before she got up in the bus, neither were there any tears in her eyes. And I just stood there. I didn’t say anything, only kissed her forehead. As the sun came up, I watched the bus drive away. It was the last time I ever saw Richa,’
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