ROOTLESS – Book Review

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Author: Kaushik Roy
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Print Length: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Half Baked Beans (22 July 2018)

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Shahil Kabir, a young IT professional has grown up in a middle-class family with his father and grandmother. His peaceful 9 to 5 job is more than enough to make him happy until his grandmother passes away. He discovers a bunch of personal letters, reading them he senses that his biological grandfather can be someone else than he knows. He decides to visit his grandmother’s birthplace in Bangladesh to solve the puzzle of his grandfather’s identity.

Will he succeed in resolving his identity crisis? Will the journey turn his life topsy-turvy?

Based on facts and lives, this novel reveals the brutal cold-blooded massacre of millions of innocents and the series of assassinations of National Heroes even after the independence of a newborn country, Bangladesh.

My Review

I’ve been meaning to read Rootless for a long time after listening to all the rave reviews it received. So, when I got to know that the book is running free I thought it best to grab the opportunity and dive into it. I am elated that I made a right pick there!

Rootless is an evocative tale bringing out the story that lingers in the past and is waiting eagerly to catch us. A story which has love, patriotism, sacrifice, humanity, and friendship! A story which speaks of the many lost lives, of the many bruises people have on their hearts, of the many bitter memories, of the many entanglements of religion and nation, of the many atrocities the people were subjected, of the many dreams that were put to test and rest!

Shahil Kabir, a young IT professional, is in search of his true identity. He wants to determine the truth behind his biological grandfather. He wants to dig in the graves of the past to know the truth of her grandmother. He desires to uncover the past and so he did, he did it tirelessly. He makes efforts, the pieces of the puzzle are found and put together as the truth jostles for space, the reality hits hard. It is bewildering, emotional, and soft. The events unfolding themselves one by one makes is heart-warming. It is beautiful.

I am in no mood of giving the spoilers so go and check out the book for yourself. And why do I loved it? Here’s why:

  • It dwells on a topic which hasn’t been read by me before. It revolves around the events leading to the Liberation War of 1971, the Bhasa Andolan, the partition, the religion, and brings out the substance very well. By the way, have you heard of the ‘war child?’
  • The narrative is compelling. The author has woven a story about a girl falling in love and then escaping the shackles of religion beautifully. What is more beatific is something which the book is primarily about – the Rootless. It points toward one thing – Humanity is above Blood! The message is clear and piques our interest with full strength and then the book finishes off in style.
  • It brought me to the old charm of hand-written letters. Aah! It is so amazing to behold the writing that goes to and fro with the exchange of letters. The author has deftly carved out a story through them. He looked into the history with them.
  • The narration is fine and detailed. It is developed very carefully along with absolutely amazing characterization. Yet, there were points where I felt that the story could have been tightened. Perhaps, a round of editing would do it well.
  • Lastly, it is pretty much unconventional and emotional and a thing like this, should not be left behind. So, go and pick this book up!

If historical fiction is your genre, if emotions appeal you, if you want suspense and mystery, if you want intensity, then go for this intricately woven book.

MY RATING: 4/ 5 


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