Book Review: Shamsuddin’s Grave; Author – Paromita Goswami, Publisher: Partridge India

Title: Shamsuddin’s Gravegrave

Author: Paromita Goswami

Pages: 282

Publisher: Partridge India

ISBN13: 9781482843941

My review

How have you felt when some fine day you plan to go back from your work on-time but as soon as you are all set to go…you are expected to go through a file which needs your attention? Feeling somewhat irritated? Ok… let’s take a step deeper. Now, you know that this could have been taken care of either tomorrow or maybe you could just continue working as per your office schedule but at least not today; still, your boss (or say your vendor) expects your immediate attention into the matter. Feeling bit frustrated? Accepted… let’s move a step ahead…

Just when you are set into the matter in hand, your junior expects you for some important task in hand. I am sure you would feel like pushing him out of the cabin… but the drama doesn’t ends here… While you are working out a solution within the confines of your neurons you receive a call from your spouse who is waiting for you with kids since past couple of hours….. I understand…at present, you must be feeling to hit me hard…

We all face such kind of all-locked situations numerous times in our lives but what about those who have their lives burnt with such hard situations? We, at the end of the day, retire to our bed with our families at-least; what about those who have left their abode and families just to earn a meal for their families? We, have a desire to earn recognition and praise but what about those who are burning themselves for earning an IDENTITY? Yes, the questions are deep rooted but solutions are just superficial.

Shamsuddin’s Grave is an account which digs deep into the cause and effect relationship between our life and our actions. This work is a serious business with no fooling around and play with words. If you need a book that might work to bring you back to the senses… this is it! The story enlightens and educates the readers about the sweet and sour aspects of lives of the displaced through a man’s account. During his ordeal, he comes across many more characters, which join him into his wagon to move together but with time, he always finds himself all alone, tired and exhausted but motivated.

This is a very well researched and neatly executed book. While, we all are flooded with senseless plots and stories these days, such kind of work is a mental treat. The main highlight of the book is its connection with the reality. Often author’s claim that their work is inspired with real-life incidents or some even claim that their story is very close to reality or easily relatable but seldom such promises are delivered in the book. This book (or say the author) does not brag much about their promises; rather, they simply present you with the treat.

This book is more of an eye opener or say, an informational piece of work packaged in the fiction theme. The author has very smartly presented the readers with the ‘food for thought’ with various textures – including day-to-day challenges, social contrast, tug-of-war of relations, simplicity of the complex relations with complexity in simple relations, human –trafficking, documentation hardships, social awareness, a thin demarcation between needs and wants, and most importantly a search of the ‘Self within’. It is a very smart and intelligent move made by a first-time author. With so many emotions and themes fabricated in just one story; she has won my heart and accolades.

She has very-well balanced all the characters and their respective traits. The actions and reactions in a given situation are very well written. The turn of events seems predictable but you flow with them as you sail through the words. You no more remain, just a mute reader but, you become a character yourself. Many times, you will feel like you are standing beside them and banging your heads; thinking, why didn’t I understand this before?

The research done is intense and well packaged and smartly presented within the story. Nowhere, you feel as if you are being bombarded with loads of disconnected facts. To a certain extent, you will experience lacunae in your possessed understanding. She intelligently brings the plight of people into the lime light. If nothing else, you will be more modest while conversing with the community helpers.

More than providing me with some factual information or reading delight; this book has ignited the ‘KINDNESS’ in me and personally speaking, this is a much desired emotion in today’s times. We all have forgotten our basic ‘needs’ in the race to earn our ‘wanting’. Give it a thought before you find address to your own grave.

I am confident that this book will perform well provided the editorial team polishes the editing done earlier. I recommend this book especially for the students and teachers who need to work upon the comprehension skills (school students, college students and creative writers). Not to miss the others including all who take reading as a serious business and who wish to acquire something out of the text.

Every strata has something for all … you simple need to dig into the Shamsuddin’s grave…

About the Book

Latika’s wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn’t think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti’s wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin’s help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?
Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative’s place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late?
Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, “Shamsuddin’s Grave”, is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.