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The Broken Amoretti, by Sudipto Das and Aparajita Dutta, 2019

Title: The Broken Amoretti

Author: Sudipto Das, Aparajita Dutta

Publisher: Olive Turtle, in imprint of Niyogi Books

Genre: Romance

Format: Paperback

Language: English

No. of pages: 296

Synopsis:

“Unusually bold narrative… Almost lyrical in nature” Times of India

To begin afresh, after her broken marriage, Saoli returns to India and starts living in Prembajar at the house her grandfather had bought from Bitasta’s father. While cleaning the house, Saoli comes across an old diary, perhaps belonging to Bitasta’s mother, Panchali. The diary has a very cryptic poem written in dactylic hexameter, the archaic meter of the ancient Greek epics. Aware of the fact that Sairandhri didn’t let her son, Parush, marry Bitasta, even though Sairandhri and Bitasta’s mother were the best of friends, Saoli gets in touch with the reckless Parush, recently accused in a high-profile IP theft case in the US. As Parush tells Saoli about his heedless and shattered life, his unrequited love affair with Bitasta, his lifelong hatred for his mother, and his topsy-turvy corporate career in the US, Saoli unearths the darkest secrets 
hidden in the cryptic poem for so long. 

Why didn’t Sairandhri want Parush to marry Bitasta? Why was Bitasta the only person she wished to see on her death-bed? Why had she been nothing more than a beautiful but lifeless mural at home? The cryptic poem has the answers. 

Join Saoli and Parush in their journey to decode the past and discover their real identities, where love can never be chained by stereotypes. It’s time to set love free!

My review:

I received a review copy from a PR agency in return for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

So I had no idea this book would contain so many Greek references when I picked it up. Anyway, The Broke Amoretti is a story told through Saoli’s perspective, a woman who has recently separated from her husband and has settled as a lecturer at IIT Kharagpur. She meets Parushni in a seminar and the story begins from then on. Parush and Bitasta had a famous romance although Parush’s mother Sairandhri never let him marry the woman he loved, despite the fact that Bitasta’s mother Panchali was her bosom friend. It had always remained a mystery and as Saoli tries to decipher the meaning of the enigmatic poem she finds in Panchali’s diary, we come to know more about this story.

The character of Saoli was with multiple layers – she is suffering after that separation from her husband. She is a brilliant scholar, and she is also a kind friend. However, at times I found that her reactions to things that were not actually right (in terms of literature) was contemptuous and I am not sure that I something I appreciate in people, to be honest.

Moreover, Bitasta was not a likeable character for me. It seemed as if she had a chip on her shoulder and I did not like the way her behaved with Parush. It was just too complicated for me.

The most important themes shown here is the LGBTQ spectrum of love and relationship, especially in India. Parushni and Saoli in fact have a common theme in their papers – lesbianism, back when they first met. This theme itself runs and weaves so many events together in the story, it proves to be an important one not just in societal aspects but in terms to the story as well.

There is an inclusion of Greek mythology throughout the book. For instance, Rikshi and Kalyani are compared to Artemis and Callisto. The juxtaposition of Greek mythology against Tagore, Kalidasa’s stories and poems abounded the book. While I appreciate the authors’ attempts at this inclusion, I am not sure if they gelled well, although they did seem to, superficially. Another thing I did not like was that there were too many characters and their interrelationships were too complex for me to remember.

However, the writing style is lovely. Literary allusions are always welcome to read about and I enjoyed them very much. The inclusion of various subplots and doing away with the Unity of action was well done.

Verdict:

I rate this book 3.5/5 stars.

About the reviewer:

Nayanika Saikia, is one of the foremost book reviewers from the North-east and Assam, and is also an admin for the official India bookstagram page on Instagram. She publishes her own reviews and recommendations for poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. on her bookstagram account @pretty_little_bibliophile which won the NorthEast Creator Awards 2018, as well as in daily newspapers, online magazines etc.  She can be contacted at nayanikasaikia98@gmail.com .

February 2019 TBR part 1!

It’s time I showed you all my #februarytbr , the #part1 . Yes I plan on reading a ton of books this month so let’s see how I do.

1. Kaalkoot by @authorsvenkatesh
I’m already done with this book so the review will be up soon!
2. Shadows of the Night by Priyanka Lal
3. Scammed by @ahmedf45
4. The Perfect Drug by @chaitanya424
I’m currently reading this book
5. Between You and Me by @societalmoksha @bloomsburyindia
6. The Anonymous by @nidhikkukreja
I’m already done with this book so the review will be up soon!
7. Krishantak by Anuj Singh Nagaur
8. Wake Up, Girl! By @niharikatheauthor @bloomsburyindia
I’m also done with this book and the review will be up after 2 days!
9. The Lupanarium by @authoradeleleigh
I’m also done with this book and i wrote a really long review about it and l share it soon!
10. The Stalker by @sandeeplochansharma
11. Honey and the Moon by Kamini Kusum
12. Until Love Sets us Apart by @adityanighhot .
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#qotd : so do you have any favourite festival? And I’m talking about the non major ones (so you cannot answer with Durga Puja, Ganesha chaturthi, pongal or such!) OR are you excited for Saraswati Puja tomorrow?

January 2019 Wrap-up!

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It’s kind of cold today again and just when I thought that I’d forego the coat, I had to actually wear it again today!
Nonetheless, a happy Friday to you all!! Today I’m showing you all my #januarywrapup when I read a total of 13 books. I’m hoping to read the same number this month, more work less.
So the books I read in January are:
1. The Matchmaker’s List by @saskinthecity thanks @berkleypub #partner (click here to see the review)
2. The Peshwa II: War of the Deceivers by @sivasankaranram @westland_books (click here to see the review)
3. The Guarded Heart by Robyn Donald
4. It’s Official Stupid by @siddbaliga (click here to see the review)
5. Bestseller by @ahmedf45 (click here to see the review)
@rupa_publications
6. The new Dewtas by @surajtheauthor (click here to see the review)
7. Scrapbook of n Unfound Songstress by @unfoundsongstress (click here to see the review)
8. Shadow and Bone by @lbardugo which I buddy read with @fannatality . It was also for the #readyoshelf challenge by @per_fictionist
(click here to see the review)
9. The Knife Slipped by Erle Stanley Gardner @bloomsburyindia
(click here to see the review)
10. Bride, Bought and Paid for by Helen Bianchin
11. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie @harpercollinsin for the #readyoshelf challenge by @per_fictionist (click here to see the review)
12. Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson @penguinclassics
@penguinrandomhouse (click here to see the review)
13. Burhi Aair Sadhu, a book in assamese for the #readyourchallenge !

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January 2019 book haul part 2!


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Hey guys!
I’m back with #part2 of my #januarybookhaul ! I had got a total of 18 new books! And here are the rest!
1. Between You and Me by @societalmoksha @bloomsburyindia
2. A collection of stories in Assamese borrowed from my aunt. Im reading this book as apart of my #readyourmothertongue challenge.
For college:
3. A critical study of #kanthapura by #rajarao which I bought for my Indian English Literature class
4. A book on Literary Criticism
5. Aristotle’s Poetics
6. Classical Literary Criticism @oxfordbookstores
7. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier @viragopress
8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
9. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells @maplepressofficial which I won in their #giveaway
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#qotd : what series are you currently watching? Are you loving it?

January 2019 book haul part 1!


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Hey guys!
How has the week been treating you so far?
I have been at a seminar since tuesday and have been enjoying listening to the various papers presented. I’ve had an amazing time here at #elysian19 a national students’ seminar held at the Cotton University!
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Anyway, I am back with another #bookhaul ! So for January 2019, I got a total of 18 new books! #januarybookhaul #part1
Some of them are as follows:
1. Kalkoot by @venkatesh.kalaga
2. Krishantak
3. Wake Up, Girl by @niharikatheauthor
4. The Lupanarium by @authoradeleleigh
5. Honey and the moon by K Kusum
6. Scammed by @ahmedf45
7. Until Love Sets us Apart by @adityanighhot given as a gift by @pen_paper_tales
8. Shadows of the Night by Priyanka All
9. The Stalker by Sandeep Sharma
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#qotd : how many books did you get in January?
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#newbooks #indiabookstagram #guwahatiblogger #guwahatibookstagrammers #assambookstagrammers #assamreads #bookpile #aestheticphotos #booksflatlay #prettyfeed #warmfeed #historicalfiction #adventure #bittersweet #indianenglishliterature