Authored By: Goutam Ghosal & Sarani Ghosal Mondal
Year of Publication: 2017
|Pages: 132||Binding: Paperback(PB)|
Category: Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories
|Price in Rs. 206.50||Price in (USA) $. 16.52|
This is a philosophical novel that deals with the actualities of modern society, exposing the hollowness of human relationships, the complexities of life and the trials and turmoil a young Indian girl faces while making a bid at crafting her individuality and taking her own stand contrary to the existing customs that society blindly adheres to. The novel, written from a feminist perspective goes on to elaborate her struggles in a world which fails to understand her, the problems she faces, growing up in a typical Indian family and how, as she leaves the cocooned environment of home and ventures to the world outside, she is, at every step shocked at the revelations of inherent human falsities that strike her.Her innocence and gullibility have made her a punching bag of a society, so ruthless in its judgements that, failed by even her best friend and her parents, she decides to commit suicide. But after a miraculous comeback, there’s no looking back. Having glimpsed death from such a close perspective, she finally decides to speak up for herself and make her voice heard above the crowd. Now, she is no longer that weak, innocent, gullible girl who could be weighed down by the baseless acquisitions of society. This novel, peppered with insights into modern man’s psychology is in essence, a microcosm of what an Indian girl with socially conflicting views undergoes and her final release from the manacles that had bound a soul so loving and sensitive as hers. It attempts to send out a message of hope to humanity and at the same time rings a warning bell for the larger population out there that, if today this was Nivara’s story, tomorrow this could be the story of your own teenaged daughter, young son or best friend. So in a way, it sheds light on the anomalies of human relationships, the falsities of promises and the urgent need to rectify our mistakes before it is too late.
Samrudhi Dash, originally hailing from Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, completed her Masters Degree in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi in 2014. She is an avid reader, a good writer and an excellent debator, having bagged the Vice-Chanellor’s Cup for the best Debator in English in 2011. During her Graduation and post-Graduation days, several of her articles have been published in leading literary magazines like Reader’s Digest and Competition Success Review. Her first foray into the world of writing came in May, 2014 when her debut anthology of poetry, titled The Newborn was published by S B Publications, a local publishing house in Odisha. Since then, there has been no looking back. Her second anthology of poetry The New Leaf was published by Authorspress, New Delhi in May 2015, earning her the repute of a budding poet in the world of letters. Her next collection titled, Dreamer’s Web was launched in May 2016, soon followed by Communion, in December 2016, all by the prestigious Authorspress, New Delhi. Currently she is pursuing her passion for writing along with preparing for the Indian Civil Services. Beyond the Horizon, is her debut novel, awaiting publication. She is someone who has always lived a life by design, not believing in adhering to social impositions, always following the call of her heart. She is also actively engaged in blogging and social service. Currently, she is based in New Delhi.