I love books about women and those that are written by women. They somehow know how to catch the pulse of the emotion and deal with it on various levels in the book/s. So when the good folks at Rupa sent me a copy of Two Worlds and I read the synopsis, I could not wait to read the entire book.
Two Worlds as the title suggests is about two worlds and the two women who inhabit these worlds. It is about Bengal, Bombay and ultimately transitioning to Wales and London. We meet Ela Sen, who at the brink of India’s independence, is burdened with a forbidden love, which she chooses not to abandon much to the society’s chagrin. She is brave and beautiful and chooses to live her life on her own terms and conditions.
Decades later, in post-modern India, we encounter the fiery journalist Oona Roy who again lives her life on her own terms. Oona due to a series of unhappy events decides to know more about the woman of the past who was as unhappy as she is right now. During the course of the finding out she begins to realize things about herself and the people around her, which she never thought she would.
I loved reading this book. It was unlike any other book I had ever read and that is why I found it fresh and appealing. For me it was the characters that I could relate to – the ferocity and the angst and everything in between made perfect sense. The joy and the pain of each character almost seeped through the book and into the reader’s consciousness as a thing film. Nandita Puri sure knows how to write a book and keep her readers engaged till the last page is turned.