She: Ekla Cholo Re by Santosh Avvannavar, Shayan Haq

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Paperback, 58 pages
Published October 2015 by Hoffen

Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others.

My Review:

If they answer not to your call walk alone
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou Unlucky one,
Open your mind and speak out alone.

“She: Ekla Cholo re” starts off with this powerful poem by Rabindranath Tagore by which it was inspired. This is a story of Kusum who shares her struggle of gender dysphoria with Raj. To me, both these characters were quite likeable and I loved the writing style. The musical portions, and poetry that disrupted the flow of the story at times also provided the necessary time to absorb all the details. The one thing I really liked about this was, how simple the story turned out to be. Just a normal person trying to embrace one’s identity. And the way Debu is shown in the story, some might think of him as a bad guy but I felt indifferent towards him. Raj was a nice guy, a patient listener and that little twist in the end did end up making me smile. Even my mom liked it. And she’s the harshest critic if I’ve ever known one.


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