Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Basanti (Book Review)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A tale that makes a mark upon your heart in its utmost simplicity - by way of words, emotions and the description of the lives of the characters. As simple as it may seem, it delves into some of the big problems faced by the poor- the fear of displacement, a sense of security and the feeling of "arriving home" when forced to live a nomadic life.

Basanti is the soul of the tale. It's her tale and the tale of many others like her who live their lives with an infectious laughter at the most unlikeliest of hours, even when their lives seem to be doomed to the well-off.

It is a startling glimpse into the lives of the ones whose stories often go untold. Their lives may seem shallow at first sight but delve a bit deeper. Often, they are the fighters, the brave warriors who face life boldly, even if it means to life with a 'bad' name, a child with his father having escaped with his wife and child, a shattered 'tandoor' that was meant to be the source of livelihood for a woman who constantly kept fighting all adversities because after all, she was 'Basanti'- who knew how to bring 'spring' into her life despite the many wilted autumns that she had to face throughout!

A must read.

- Divya Nambiar

Author: Bhisham Sahni

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