Saturday, October 11, 2014

The City of Palaces (Book Review)

The City of PalacesThe City of Palaces by Sujata Massey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bengal, 1930. For an Indian reader born in the 1990s, it became a throwback into an era that could only be imagined from the countless tales of the freedom struggle.

This book is a moving account of a young girl who loses her family in a devastating flood and then goes on to explain the way she surged forward through many life-changing tides in her life and finally found her rightful place in a world where she was made to believe she had nothing worthwhile!

Elucidating details of the freedom struggle is unlike the monotonous writings that usually form a part of our History textbooks. This book instead becomes a great way of exactly getting a feel of life in India for a young girl as she embarked upon the journey of life with her instincts and so-called kind looking people. The reader would be delighted to find how inspite of all her ordeals she somehow sails through the journey of life. What is worth noting is the way she carries herself inspite of all that was ready to pull her down and turn her into shreds by revealing a past she ran away from.

The candidness with which the author presents the tale is both heartening as well as heart-wrenching at the same time. There is something about the author that makes her description of Pom poignant and leaves a lasting impact on the minds of the reader.

Pom's journey from being Pom to Kamala Mukherjee is worth a read- a gripping one at that! A must read for all lovers of Indian History!

- Divya Nambiar
Author- Sujata Massey
Other books by the author: Floating Girl by Sujata Massey, The Samurai's Daughter by Sujata Massey, Girl in a Box by Sujata Massey, The Flower Master by Sujata Massey

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