Written by the very talented Kirthi Jayakumar and published by Readomania, The Dove’s Lament is a book that will literally take your breath away. It is full of anger, lament, pain, it howls at the brutalities of war and conflict ridden areas, social malpractices and general lack of humanity. Somewhere softly it also speaks of love, kindness and a ray of hope for a better future. When I picked up the book, I was unsure of it. The concept of a book with such strong content made me slightly sceptical. But that was before I started reading it.
The Dove’s Lament is by far above many books that I have read in the recent past, it is a masterpiece; it is a part of your soul. All the things that you know are wrong, all the things that make you angry, things that make you think are all in there. It is no doubt a bold book, and I must applaud the author for having the courage to write something with such strong material, and I must congratulate the publishing house of Readomania for having the valour to publish this book. It is not just a work of fiction springing up from reading newspapers; Kirthi has spent working as a volunteer with the UN agencies and collaborations. She has spoken to many people who have been victims and survivours of the war, conflicts and trafficking, she says, ‘I carried these truths inside me, desperately finding an apt way to express them. And that was when I wrote The Dove’s Lament.’
Spread across twelve different short stories the tales vary from The Rwandan Genocide to the Israel-Palestine conflict, from Baccha Baazi in Afghanistan to Child marriages in India, from Suicide Bombings in Sri Lanka to Drug Trade in Colombia, and many more. The book takes you on a flight through the dove’s wings, showing all things that are wrong with us, us humans, all things we decide to ignore. I won’t give you a story to story brief, it will spoil all the heart wrenching that you will undertake when you read this book.
The voice of Kirthi Jayakumar is fresh, her language simple, lucid and extremely powerful. She doesn’t pass her judgement on through the stories, she lets you decide, she narrates with such flair and articulation that it makes the reader feel they are present through the emotional times of conflict. The stories are well researched and each and every story is accompanied by a short background essay, the author says she did that ‘In the hope of leading you in the right direction, I have tried to offer up a short essay at the end of each story, in the hope that you might be able to see for yourself the reality that inspired each story.’ It the best form of literary journalism I have seen in a long time. Kirthi has not written this book to please you, you will cry like I did, you will feel the pain like I did, but it is worth it.
Please do NOT buy this book if you like light reading. IT IS NOT FOR YOU.
I RECOMMEND, this brilliant work of art for all who care for humanity and peace, a reader who is willing to devote some time to think of the things that needs change in our world. In the author’s own words, ‘The quintessence of the book lies in the fact that there is hope, and that we can turn the world around.’ Kirthi Jayakumar has a voice to look out for in the future. I am a fan, I declare!
What are you waiting for, GO, BUY, READ, NOW!!!!!!!!!