Author: Kaushik Roy
Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS
Publication date: 1 Aug 2018
Shahil Kabir, a young IT professional has grown up in a middle class family with his father and grandmother. His peaceful 9 to 5 job is more than enough to make him happy until his grandmother passes away.He discovers a bunch of personal letters, reading them he senses that his biological grandfather canbe someone else than he knows.He decides to visit hisgrandmother’s birthplace in Bangladesh to solve the puzzle of his grandfather’s identity. Will he succeed in resolving his identity crisis?Will the journey turn his life topsy-turvy? Based on facts and lives, this novel reveals the brutal cold-blooded massacre of millions of innocents and the series of assassinations of National Heroes even after the independence of a newborn country, Bangladesh
Recently, I have been reading a lot on Partition and communal riots. I was able to deduce that there was unrest on both sides regardless of their religion. People were very much attached to their homes. For them, it was not a mere structure of stones and bricks but an abode of beautiful memories. Love and humanity still penetrated through barbed wires.
‘Rootless’ is a riveting story that narrates what conspired the events leading to Liberation War of 1971 and its impact at present on the lives of people in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
Sahil Kabir, an IT professional, is accustomed to the glitz and glamour of the city. His world come tumbling down after he reads the letters written by his dead grandmother. Some shocking revelations and bitter truths makes him to undertake a journey to Bangladesh to find answers about his real identity.
Review and Rating
The language was neither plain nor overbearing for the readers to comprehend.The author has revived the old charm of handwritten letters. The ones mentioned in the book were effused with emotions of love, agony and guilt. The repercussions post the Liberation War of 1971 were tragic and at the same futile. The problem of refugee was hard to fathom. Unlike others, they didn’t have a country to call their own. They were treated as outcasts, rejected by both the sides.He has proven a point about their condition and enlightened his readers, the meaning of freedom in truest sense.The soldiers were more than proud to be martyrs for us to enjoy our rights and on our part to take this freedom for granted without realising that it might be of immense value to others will be insulting to their sacrifice.
The unfolding of events could have slowed down a bit for the reader to grasp the situation. There were noticeable flaws in sentence structuring which can be rectified by a round of editing.
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