Monday, August 5, 2013

Book Review - Murmur of the Lonely Brook, by Debashis Dey

Title: Murmur of the Lonely Brook 
Author: Debashis Dey
Release Date: November 1, 2012
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After marriage Nisha comes to a remote village near the mountainous Tibetan Border to lead a life among a nomadic clan who follow a simple lifestyle with customs and rituals dating back to ancient times.

Pravin is happy to marry Nisha, the girl of his choice. Nisha loves her husband but also enjoys the infatuation from his brother. She spends her days happily with a perpetually sad mother-in-law Parvati repenting on her past life sins, a short tempered Shevak, a love-stricken sister-in-law Ria, a kid goat munching everything, a lamb with a baritone bleat and her husband’s brother Diwakar lost in dreams.

Everything goes well until Nisha’s life is torn apart by a proposal, and assumed betrayal, by the one and only love of her life, her husband Pravin when he suggests common marriage, an ancient tradition still followed in this region in which both brothers share a single wife, Nisha. The family is supportive save Nisha who is horrified by the thought of sharing her love with someone for whom she has a brotherly affection.

She cannot protest or disagree as it will make her an outcast and the family will throw her away. Her universe crumbles and she feels humiliated and tormented with the new turn of events. As ancient ways confront modern mores, Nisha will be torn between her values and age-old customs in this brilliantly observed novel of ancestral folkways and contemporary families.

Will Nisha compromise her values… or will she fight the age old traditions?

This novel was a gem of full bodied characters and complex plot lines. Surprising, since they appeared to live such simple lives, unencumbered by the complications of modern technologies and expectations . It was rich with scenery and culture completely foreign to me.  This novel is the reason why I love exploring different genres. I enjoy being transported to different places and different times without even leaving the comfort of my living room.  And this book did just that.

For such an anti-climatic type of story where the pace is so much slower than what I am used to lately, it was so hard to put down.  The author was so eloquent in writing about this small village in the Himalayas, the surroundings, it's residents and their challenges, that I had a difficult time not reading this through the night.

Ancient customs clash with modern values in this story.  I may not be able to relate to this culture or their way of life, but I found it incredibly interesting to follow each character's journey in this little corner of the world.   

About the Author
: Born in Calcutta, Debashis worked for media and television in Mumbai for twenty years. After chasing the rat race through senior corporate positions, he realized he couldn’t take another day. he sold my apartment and my car, gave away his possessions, and moved to the Himalayas to live in a remote village populated by tribal nomads.

Debashis have been writing poetry and short stories since his college days and also contribute to The American Chronicle. His first novel, Murmur of the Lonely Brook, reflects his immersion in an ancient culture that continues to follow age-old rituals, customs, and traditions. A major portion of the proceeds from this book will be used to build a health facility for the downtrodden women of the region. Connect with this Author via his Website/Goodreads/Twitter

1 comment:

  1. Dear Debasish Da, Hope you will not take offence in my calling you " Da" that's how I am used's a magnificent journey you have chosen leaving the comfort of mainstream life...I really appreciate and expect more such novel specially evolving out of your sheer experience of the remote himalayan life...keep it up Dada..we know very little about it. Looking forward tohear from you. Thanks and best wishes...Tapan Mukherjee ///Kolkata


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