Title: Unplanned Destinyunplanned destiny

Author: Paulami Duttagupta

Publisher: Shree Books

My review

‘Live life as it comes’. Does the phrase sound familiar? Yes, it would; for sure. But, have you ever faced the life as it comes? Reconsider your deeds as I question you. This is because very often we all fall into the trap of planning our destinies. The protagonist of the story does it and then the author paints a story surrounding her tryst with the destiny.

Paulami is a well recognized name amongst us. For the ones, who are reading her name for the first time through my review, I request you to kindly read the ‘About the Author’ section first. This is because she has many laurels to be shared and this limited space might fall short of what all skills, she hones. A story becomes a story only if it comes from the mind or heart of the storyteller. Not all writers are good story tellers and vice versa but if a blessed soul has both the skills then this is the outcome. Enjoy the double voltage electric current as ‘she’ dares to plan ‘her’ destiny through the pages. Who is she? Why her destiny is being scrutinized? Why is she here? What’s the purpose? What’s in her destiny?

This is a smartly chosen title for a smart plot for not too smart of the people. Yes, this might be a one line verdict from my side, today. People who tend to think they are ‘smart’ are very smartly proved ‘over smart’ and we are well surrounded by countless stories proving the fact. Where this story does stands? This comes as an interesting read because author has managed to recreate the planning going wrong and destiny taking its own shape to turn the two worlds – upside down.

The characters are educated, urban and groomed – all spiced up to consider themselves capable enough to plan destiny; not only theirs but of other’s as well. Both are equally powerful to the best limit possible maintaining the thrill and excitement level while you continue to turn pages. So, how do the things take a tipsy – toppy curve? Well, that is what holds the crux of the situation. Destiny is no man’s (and woman’s) play. It’s written by the almighty with all might and we are merely the puppets completing our share of drama (should I write melodrama, here)?

The author has balanced all the emotions – including suspense, love and revenge in a perfect combination. If at a given point of time, you will presume that situation is under control and ball is in your court; the very next page, you realize that it is not as planned! – Just as alerted by the title. The development of story is believable and with the hidden facts brimming up the craze is kept maintained till the last page.

An entertaining read which attempts to make us understand – do not believe what you see! Do not believe JUST in yourself and don’t forget to believe in your destiny. It’s all planned already.

About the Book

Headstrong and independent Mahi has turned her back on her parents and moved to Mumbai to avoid an arranged marriage. She is finally living life on her own terms and loving every minute of it when she receives that fateful phone call that is to change her life.

Her beloved cousin Rasika has been despicably used and abandoned by media tycoon Veer Khurana.

Spurred by an urge for revenge, Mahi moves to a new job and a new city to get close to Veer, and plans to destroy him just as he destroyed Rasika, whom he deserted by leaving her pregnant, unmarried and alone.

But things don’t go as planned. Things grow awry when she finds herself forced into marriage with the very man she despises. Her carefully drawn plans are turned upside down when she finds herself falling in love with the enemy.

Who is the real Veer? And what of Rasika now?

Mahi realises she has no choice in the matter but to give in to her unplanned destiny.

About the Author

Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.
She has written for ‘The Times of India’ in the ‘Guwahati-Shillong plus Edition’ and also ‘The Shillong Times’. Television had always attracted her and was connected to the Bangla TV industry for about 6 years. She was associated with ETV- Bangla, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath in this period.
Having left her day job in 2012, Paulami took up full time writing. Her first novel, “Pinjar” released in early 2012.
Her second novel “Unplanned Destinty” released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the national award winning Khasi film – “Ri Homeland of Uncertainty”.
“Ri” has been adapted into a novel and is releasing in Spetember’14.
She is currently working on her next project as movie script writer.
Apart from writing full length novels, she has written several short stories and articles. She has also contributed to the “Minds@work Anthology” and the “Family Matters International Anthology” in 2013.
Recently she has contributed to the “Learning and Creativity Anthology” , “Her Story Anthology”, and “Celebrating India – Love across Borders Anthology”.
When she is not writing or watching movies, Paulami is either reading biographies or classic pieces of literature. Cricket, food, cinema, books and music are an integral part of her life.