Life is not always simple. The equation of life sometimes becomes too complicated to be solved. For some people, the apparent tranquility and happiness are like the still water in a lake, a single pebble is enough to make countless ripples. But, unlike the lake water, the ripples of life last much longer, they etch indelible marks and, can tarnish the luster. Life becomes a conundrum. Anaya Chatterjee, a renowned author, a doting wife and a mother whom her daughter idolizes, feels the same way after an accidental encounter with her cousin, Varsha.
Purba Chakraborty has delineated life with its myriad shades in her book, The Hidden Letters, the mentioned character Anaya Chatterjee being the protagonist of the same.
Anaya lives a celebrity life with her husband Nishith and daughter Olivia. The resplendent lady has gained everything in life; fame, money, admiration, and love. But, deep in her heart’s core she conceals a crime, a crime which she thinks is an outcome of her selfish mind. The plot thickens in the third chapter named “The Silent Storm”. Here we come to know of a bunch of letters from someone, the letters which Anaya has kept hidden from all the mortal eyes. A time comes when she fails to keep the letters away, life brings her to a dead end and, she must confront herself.
The hidden letters will reveal an unknown chapter of her life. Will she be able to gather the courage to re-open the apparently closed chapter? Can she muster enough strength to face the world? Will the secret break her dream life like a house of cards? The book finds answers to all these questions.
Plot & Writing Style, What Works For Me
Purba knows how to tell a story. Being a woman, she also understands how the mind of a woman works when she falls in love. The incessant ripples made by love, the agony, the ecstasy, all have beautifully come alive through her words. The plot is not a complex one but has enough ingredients in it to make it delectable. The reader feels the urge to know more and keeps on turning pages till the end.
It is not an easy task to write in a simple yet suave manner. Purba has done that and, her impeccable pen has made the book a delightful read.
I especially like the way the character of Anaya has been unfolded; slowly and delicately. You can almost feel her presence by your side as you read. A complex character- with quintessential femininity, logical understanding, and rational thinking, Anaya is sure to mesmerize you. The psychological undercurrent that keeps on moving the story also owes a lot to Anaya.
The Not-so-good Things
I find the character of Nishith a bit flaccid. As a doctor whose solemn commitment is to cure people, he should have more resilience and resoluteness. His behavior often lacks the strength he should have shown regarding his relationships and profession. A veteran doctor may feel sorry for not saving a patient’s life, but in no way it affects his professional responsibilities. I find it quite strange as Nishith’s gestures and dialogues reveal signs of nervousness before he operates a patient.
I also think the cover of the book could be better.
But, in spite of such trivial shortcomings, The Hidden Letters is a great read and I would like to recommend it for all.
Last but not the least, let me quote a poem from the book:
Love me like you love a feather Because i am too fragile and subtle Love me like you love an old song So that you can hum me at midnight when you are lost in your thoughts Love me like you love a rose So that you don’t regret when I get dry and perish.
From my side, it’s 4.5/5
(For those who do not know): Apart from being a writer, Purba is an avid blogger and a great poet. Her poems show signs of great maturity and profoundness. She is now working on her third novel. The Hidden Letters is her second novel. Her debut publication, Walking in the Streets of Love and Destiny is a bestseller. Visit her blogLove, Laugh and Reflect to know more about her.
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