Dear Readers Welcome to the second discussion session of Left From Dhakeshwary by Kunal Sen, one of my most favorite reads ever. Those who missed the first post it is here http://thereaddicts.blogspot.in/2013/07/read-along-left-from-dhakeshwari-by.html . They had discussed the first two stories and I shall be writing about the next three stories. Though I loved each story, three of them are my favorite and I am happy I get to discuss two of them.
The first story for today is the title of the book Left From Dhakeshwari...
In this story the author through the story of a couple and how their relationship is affected by time and the place they live in explains human nature. Its tendency to cling to the past, to things around it , to the places one has lived in etc. Let me be a little more disclosing, when we leave a certain place, a place that we know all about, and shift to another, we tend to miss the first place. We spend our days missing things we did there, the food, the beauty etc. We believe the new place is just temporary phase. But what is life, if not a collection of these phases? The essence of the entire story comes out in these lines "I think a lot of people make that mistake as well; thinking that their lives today are just purgatories for tomorrow,stories about another story, another day".
While living and believing in this temporary existence the new place becomes our life and now we live and relish everything about it, accepting the unique flavor it adds to our lives.
The second story is mine and I am sure even yours most favorite Salt Lake
I never read a story that could bring me so close to myself as this one. In essence it is the story of a girl Farinoush who is a victim of fire accident that leaves a permanent mark on her face. She tries multiple surgeries but they just leave her skin patchy and none could remove that scar. She meets a mime actor Farzan who reaches their locality to perform a mime act during Durga Puja. She gets chosen as the lead actor. She falls in love with him, and he too. However Farzan is a code. an undecipherable one. He is someone who would prefer forever to be in a mime where he is left at peace, not subjected to questions about him. He however has scars of his own, not visible but apparent in his silent mannerisms. He wishes to conquer his demons and only then believes his life was worth it.
Whether they will land up together? Read the book for that. Read it more to understand human nature and its tendencies to cling to scars that life presents and why do we do that.
The next story is much simple but just leaves you wondering. The twist at the end is a bolt and whenever you will think of a good shock at the end, you shall think of this one. The story is called ZUGZWANG.
First of all ZUGZWANG in German means "compulsion to move". Victoria is the fattest woman in the locality weighing 122 Kg. She is dependent on her husband for everything and moves on a wheelchair. However she wasn't always so fat. When she thinks about what her marriage had done to her, she decides to leave. However when one spends over a decade of married life its not so easy. She knows he will need her and pleads her not to leave.
On the other hand when her surgeon Alokanada meets Victoria's husband to tell him not to hit her, she feels she had met her soul-mate. However she too is married to Ritwick and now here is where things start spinning in various directions until the end is reached. This is a not to miss story.
Question Time ....???
1. Why do you think humans have tendencies to cling to what is past? What is the best way to accept and enjoy the present instead? (If you can supplement it with an example that will be great)
2. Why do we humans tend to stick to our scars though they are painful?
3. Is life a journey to find your demons and conquer them or a destination that is reached when you find a loved one?
4. Sometimes even bad relationships go on as they become a habit- what should one do in relationships where there is no growth of the couple involved?
I am waiting your beautiful explanations to the tough questions this book puts in your face. Fell free to write your heart out in the comments section.
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Please do stop by next week at Fahima's Blog http://me24x7.blogspot.in/2013/07/read-along-left-from-dhakeshwari-by.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed:+IReadErgoIWrite+%28I+Read,+Ergo+I+Write%29 . She will be discussing the next two stories, one of them being in the list of my top favourites and could have been a complete novel Alexandra's Stalker.
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