10 May #ATUW Bookreview A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta
Musafir is Riddhimaan or is it the other way round? He is a writer, entrepreneur and A Thousand Unspoken Words is his story. All the other characters support him and help him find his way. He suffers, fails and fumbles his way through life yet he is the chosen one. Tillotama is his fan, girlfriend and much more.
This is a bittersweet love story. Not like the typical boy meets girl story. This has a lot of depth and substance. A bit of struggle, heartbreak, passion, anger and finding oneself. Such a dramatic meeting too!
These lines in the book define the story, as it explores the maze of finding and cherishing your soul mate. It is not an easy journey but a good one. Paulami talks about life and how we fight what is good for us, our loved ones and our goals.
‘It depends; if you find your soul mate, then yes. Silences don’t feel empty, they are companionable. If not, silence can be the most claustrophobic thing.’
This is a story that grows on the reader, initially, I wondered where the story was going but once I was a fan of Musafir I was hooked as I worried about him. I felt his despair and passion while I rooted for him. As the author has said he is a ‘fallen hero’ but we love him nonetheless.
My only crib is that it should have been named ‘Musafir’ since it is so much about him. It is the decision of the author and I agree that there were a lot of unspoken words left but still, in the end, all things got sorted and love survived and triumphed.
All the secondary characters are well etched and add to the story line. The book does slow down a bit but eventually finds its way just like life and is filled with a lot of details that moved the reader in me. Her etching of the characters was so spot on that I was engrossed in their lives and wanted to eagerly know more about their life. The book transported me back to Calcutta, yes I still call it that even though I left it a few decades ago. It was wonderful revisiting an old friend with this book.
What I liked best was that the characters are strong, well written and they fight for what is important. A Thousand Unspoken Words is a story with a lot of heart and soul. There is passion, drive and compassion that make this a read that should be savoured. A relaxed read that asks you to introspect as well.
(I received a copy of the book from the author and this is my honest unbiased review.)