I received a copy of the book via post from the author.
Santosh Avvannavar and Dr. Shayan Haq’s book, “She : Ekla Cholo Re”, is a novella with a message.
The protagonist of the book is Kusum, a young woman who was born as a boy but had feminine tendencies and behaviour. The focus of the book is on Kusum’s journey. From childhood to adulthood to the impact of various decisions on her life, the book tackles a subject that is often swept under the carpet or overlooked in our society.
The people who fight with their gender identity are largely left to fight for themselves. They are misunderstood or worse, bullied and abused. Kusum is one such girl. The book is set in the present day and Kusum’s story is told through her flashbacks.
There is a constant reference to a book by a famous psychologist in the book. It got irritating for me after a while. “Should I have had gone for that book before I started this one?” I thought with some displeasure. However, it paid off handsomely in the end. So maybe, I should have trusted the author more. And we also have reference to the famous Rabindranath Tagore poem, “Ekla Cholo Re.” Numerous times!
The book is under 50 pages. I personally would have liked a bit more setting and background on the characters. Maybe even some more description of the events that occurred in Kusum’s life. But ultimately, we have a book that tells us that it isn’t wrong to be nonconformist. The protagonist might be unique in her condition but the themes the book explores are universal. Here is the link to the author’s blog.
Parent Guide : There are some descriptions of sexual acts and sexuality, as is necessary with the subject content.
Genre : Drama, Contemporary, Adult.
Rating : ✔✔✔ (3/5)
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