14 November, 2014

#BookReview :: Ri - Homeland of Uncertainty by Paulami Duttagupta

Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.

Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment - followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.

This is really a wonderful and thought provoking book.

This book is necessarily the story of Manbha, a freedom fighter. He wants independence for his land and is ready to lay down his life for it. What he is not prepared to do is stake the lives of the innocents of the state as a cost for that freedom. He did start off as a freedom fighter but takes on a path that leads him to be labeled as a terrorist. Will he be able to attain freedom the right way or would he cost the lives of hundreds of innocents along the way? Is he a true hero or just another terrorist?

The book is set in the North-East of India and the author introduces us to one of the North-Eastern state and takes us on an amazing journey of the beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage. She also includes the terrorism factor in the book - in fact it is the front runner. The life and needs of the people of the region is portrayed in a manner that would appeal to everyone who reads this book.

Manbha is a very powerful character and he made his own space in my heart in no time. He is a freedom fighter and has his own limits. He may have deviated from his original path, yet he holds on to his morals and never crosses certain boundaries. His ideas for his state and his plight are very clear in his heart. The other characters like Emika, Kydiah and Janet have made their presence known with their individual personas.

The author has done an incredible job of blending together many facets into creating this Novella. Her writing style in refreshing and I do applaud her efforts to bring forward the story of so many lives to the mass. 

I would recommend every reader to give this book a chance.

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