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.

Book Review:

It is refreshing to get a book to read that stands out from the crowd and SHE – Ekla Cholo Re is one such refreshing book that have a deeper meaning to explore. The story being short and simple in writing is welcomes attraction and interest which I think will help to reach more audience and hence the thought it tries to convoy.

The book tries to put light on people who seems to not to fit in the divisions and stereotypes of the society and it is an introspection of what he/she is! it  also focuses on a lot of blind and closed traits of society that still remains fresh; like artificiality of lives , typical pride-of-Indian-men etc that reaches you with each passing page.

It shares a heart touching story of Kusum who failed be HE with a heart of SHE. The plot flows like a dream rather than a practical scenario. With reference to Bengali culture, it elegantly reaches readers with what it is trying to share. But it was all so slow and obvious in the beginning that in a way makes you feel it diluted the scope of suspense to get you to an unexpected ending that indeed needs patience. The plot puts out thoughts rather than what can be the result of those thoughts; might be for the readers to figure out!

I would rate this book 4/5 🙂 and *special applause* for the writers for coming up with such a daring topic and concept in such a brilliant way.

About the author:


Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly written articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations.

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