A Thousand Unspoken Words is a forthcoming novel by Paulami DuttaGupta, to be published by Readomania. I received an e-copy of this novel as a Beta Reader and I couldn’t stop myself from writing this review.
As I went through the first few lines of the book I was pulled into a world full of classic romance. The ups and downs, the heartbreaks, the reconciliation, the desire, the passion everything is brimming with Tilottama and Musafir’s turbulent love.
Paulami’s writing has a unique cinematic quality; it seems that you are watching a movie in your mind. Her narration is beautiful, though not flawless. But the slight imperfections make the story more real. A custom made plastic romance where everything falls in place seems too good to be true. Whereas here in this saga everything is lifelike, it is real. Paulami like a possessive mother cradles this baby of hers throughout, the entire book has her touch, the presence of her voice is confident and strong, so strong that in certain intense portions I half-expected Paulami to emerge from somewhere to hug me and tell me, all will be well.
The story shifts from Kolkata to Shantiniketan to Darjeeling, all the settings are aptly used to give the backdrop of the story a classic feel.
I cannot reveal the story of ATUW, as it is yet to be released, but the spine of the story is the tumultuous relationship of Tilottama, a fiery beautiful young woman and Musafir, an elusive writer, who is moody, brooding and unhappy with his life. The enigmatic portrayal of their love keeps you guessing, will they ever be together?
The characters are really well drawn out; the story line is pretty linear without too many complicated subplots. The inner conflict of Musafir is shown brilliantly. The unlikely bond between two women of two different ages, Tilottama and Krishnakoli, is narrated with earnest affection by the author.
This book is like the ocean, calm and deep, yet stormy and rough at parts. It is not your usual chik-lit, you will be disappointed if you are looking for a quick escape through a tailor made romance. This book deserves your time, your thought, it deserves a commitment from your mind to think.
The book leaves you with a lingering feeling of a blissful solitude. So many questions remained unanswered, but yet a sense of fulfilment remained in the soul. As a Beta-Reader I have a gut feeling that this book will surely be in the bestsellers list.
All the best to the team for the upcoming release.
Disclaimer: This is not a commissioned review. I received an e-copy of the book as a Beta-Reader. The opinions given in this review are entirely mine.