|No. of Pages:||127|
About the Book:-
Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment-followed by armed combat and injury lead to the soul-searching that form the substance of this moving tale.
About the Author:-
"Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St Edmunds College, Paulami started her career with 'All India Radio Shillong'. She wrote and also gave 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 a fancy to learning Spanish, but today confesses that she has forgotten most of it.
In the past, 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. She has also contributed to 'Minds work' anthology and 'Family Matters' international anthology in 2013. Her second novel 'Unplanned Destiny' released in 2014. She is also the screenplay writer of the National Award winning Khasi film- Ri Homeland of Uncertainty.
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. "
|Title:||Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty||Publisher:||Fablery Publications|
|Author:||Paulami Dutta Gupta|
|No. of Pages:||127|
Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty is a fast, crisp and well written story about rebellion and conflict, set in Meghalaya, symbolic of all regional conflicts in India. The misguided youth feels that the nation doesn’t do anything for them, and their state, if run as an independent country would fair better. The title is apt for the myriad emotions playing in the minds of various characters. The story is about a terrorist group planning an attack in Shillong around the Independence day, and how police officer SP Kyndiah tracks them down. Manbha is one of the protagonists and a rebel, who has been tasked to lead the mission. Emika’s character is mature and impressive. Paulami Duttagupta has managed to bring out the conflict, confusion and hardships of the rebels successfully in the novella. The conflict in Manbha’s mind and his tussle to choose right from wrong, forces one to sympathize the disillusioned youths of the nation. The author has also shown us how these terror activities cripple the lives of people in all walks of life. On the flip side; the past, whenever mentioned, was a bit rushed and I wasn’t able to get into thick of situation or understand the complete picture of the yesteryears. Also I would have appreciated a little more description of the settings, scenic locations to feel connected. Same goes for character’s back stories and physical attributes, which would have helped get emotionally attached to the protagonists early in the story. A recommended read, for it gives a compelling picture about the reality of life.