Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Review of Shamsuddin's Grave by Paromita Goswami

Review Highlight

Pardon me if I am a bit partial but I am a bong and I got the flavours of Shamsuddin's grave much more than others, I personally feel. Paromita Goswami's writing style has stolen my heart!

  • Book- Shamsuddin's Grave
  • Author - Paromita Goswami
  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Partridge India (19 January 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482843943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482843941


Acceptance is something that we all yearn for but what if you are not accepted? Will you prove yourself or let the time decide?
Latika’s wrecked personal front leaves her completely shattered. So when her ailing father reveals his desire to go back home, she doesn’t think twice and moves to her hometown. She joins an NGO and comes across a teenager rape victim. Much against her TL, Debjyoti’s wish she sets out to trace the girl with Shamsuddin’s help. Will she succeed or end up in big trouble?

Shamsuddin, a daily labourer, somehow manages to thrive in the city. Meanwhile, flood devastates his house in the village. His family takes refuge in a relative’s place where his wife has a tough time resisting to the advances of her brother-in-law. Can Shamsuddin arrange for an accommodation before it is too late? 
Set in Guwahati amid the backdrop of flood and ethnic turmoil, “Shamsuddin’s Grave”, is the story of migration towards big cities for a better life.

Paromita Goswami is an Indian based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for many travel magazines. She is born in Shillong and spent her growing years in the Northeast before moving to Delhi. “Shamsuddin’s Grave” is her debut novel.


As the story claims to be at the very beginning, rightfully, the plot does not deviate and it is indeed a story of a homeless person or rather it will be plural as against a setting of turmoil, refugees invade India from Bangladesh. Shamsuddin and Latika, the protagonists are amazingly sketched and I enjoyed my meeting with them in this 282 paged book!

From the very first chapter the author has interested me and I re-read the lines, yes it was THAT BEAUTIFUL!

There are a lot of subplots in the story which are a bit of a turnoff for a few but for me it was like....a huge treat! The names of the girls are so much of Bong origin, when I read them, it felt like "Lotika" or "Sneholota" echoing in my ears in a bengali accent.

I just feel that the editing job could have been better, other than that I see no reason why you should not grab this book! ;)
I will give this book 4 stars, and the author some Gulabjamuns from my nearest store!

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely words Saheli. You really got me with the Bong connection. Keep up the good work.