Book Review – ‘Rootless’


Book Cover – ‘Rootless’

Author: Kaushik Roy


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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31 thoughts on “Book Review – ‘Rootless’

  1. mommytincture says:

    The emotional turmoil that a refugee family goes through can only be fathomed if you have heard their stories first hand. I have heard some of such stories from the India-Pakistan partition era from people who were kids then. They leave you with goosebumps and a bitter taste of how we humans do not value our own kind and treat them like animals.
    Going to put this book on my TBR list

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  2. Latha says:

    Such an interesting story … I wonder what happens…home is what we carry with us.
    I can understand the pain of people who are forced to flee their houses… The recent Kerala floods made us leave the brick and mortar home… But it made us realize what true home is

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  3. Abhijit Ray says:

    This is an interesting blog on book review. I have read a few of the reviews. This particular post I am sharing as part of #myfriendalexa assignment. Overall all the reviews, including this one, I found to be well written. I found them easy to read and gave me a perspective on these books.

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  4. writenlive says:

    Your review of ‘Rootless’ is good. I got a feeling of the story and the narration.

    I can imagine the theme very well for I have grown up on stories related to the partition of the country. However most of the stories I know relate to the partition of Punjab. I just realised that I never read anything about the other part of the country that was partitioned. Bengali literatureust be having many masterpieces revolving around this theme.

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  5. Kalpana Manivannan says:

    Sounds like an interesting read. I like the premise with the right blend of mystery and history. A very well written review giving us the glimpse of a poignant tale without giving away much. Would love to read it.

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  6. Jheelam says:

    This sounds like an intriguing premise. My ancestors (on both sides) were from Bangladesh and they suffered innumerable losses due to partition. Thanks for the recommendation. Would check it out. 🙂

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  7. Rashmi says:

    Home is the place where not only one’s body resides, but heart too. Partitioning from it is like moving apart from one’s own soul. I’ve heard some such stories. It’s a painful and heart-breaking venture. Your review has brought live into the characters of the story. Would definitely give it a read.

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  8. PRB says:

    That’s an interesting book it seems. Since my roots also lie in Bangladesh, the 1971 war was pretty significant for us Bengalis too. It’s a traumatic subject. Thanks for the review.

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