Bookish Witch

An Autumn Turmoil by Sourabh Mukherjee

Blurb (as on Amazon):
Durga Puja is two weeks away and Kolkata is ready to burst into festivities. Abhishek arrives in Kolkata from Australia, along with his wife Atreyee. Shubho, an Engineering student, is his cousin. Atreyee is in desperate search of the passion that is missing in her marriage. Shubho loves his childhood sweetheart Jhimli, but finds the thrill missing in their relationship of years.
When Shubho and Atreyee meet, sparks fly. But what starts off as a secret festival romance soon gives way to jealousy and possessiveness. Will their passionate autumn romance change the lives of Shubho and Atreyee forever?

Genre: Fiction/Romantic short story

Format: Kindle eBook

Pages: 54

Price: 9 INR/$0.29

My rating: 4.4/5

Abhishek and Atreyee are visiting Kolkata during Durga puja after many years. While Sourabh is busy trying to settle the sale formalities of his ancestral house, Atreyee is enjoying the Durga Puja festivities and the newfound attention she receives from Abhishek’s cousin Shubho. Will this attraction lead to an affair?

What I liked about the book:

  • The story is set before and during the Puja and this is effectively interwoven with the main story. The author manages to enthrall the readers with the vivid descriptions of Durga Puja’s frenzy in Kolkata. 
  • The emotional turmoil of Shubho and Atreyee is well depicted. It makes us recall the sweet beginnings of new love and how exciting it is in the initial stages.
  •  Through the story, the author wonderfully captures the weak moments of infatuation that we all go through at least once or sometimes more in our life. For many readers, it might be something that comes before marriage and for some after the marriage. But it does knock on our doors and that’s what makes this story so relatable.
  • Through the two couples and their long-term relationship, whether in marriage or courting/dating. the author has shown that romance fizzles out and there’s a certain routine or boredom that sets in after a few years. But does that mean that love is non-existent in such relationships? That’s the question the author answers quite well through the characters and their actions.

What I did not like about the book:

  • The story falls flat at a few points and found myself dragging through just to get through with it.

Quotable quotes:

  • Most of us have a glorified idea of love. It comes from the staple diet of Bollywood movies we are all brought up on.
  • What’s the point in holding on to grudges?
  • A woman can actually ‘feel’ a man’s eyes on her even if she’s not looking.
  • Nothing can be worse than living a sad, grim life.
  • Love has a way of catching us unawares. Today it’s you. Tomorrow it could be me. But this is the kind of love that’s nurtured best in our memories. Without letting our everyday bitterness creep into it. And then there’s another kind that’s lived through the years, through the ups and downs destiny throws in our way. But, that’s love too.

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