Book Review of "She" Elka Chalo Re
About the book
Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in “She”, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others
The story portrays the protagonist of the story Kusum as a person who is not accepted in the society because of her gender. It is a world where a person is trapped between “he” and “she” loop. A never ending loop!
She imagines a life without this trap and how her life could have been, if she had been either a “he” or “she”. World would have been completely different then. The never ending question for her is why? Why did this happen to her and what wrong has she done to deserve that?
It is not only the quest for Kusum, but also for thousands who share the same fate as hers.
Santosh and Dr Shayan have taken a bold step, to speak for people like Kusum and to change the attitudes of people who don’t treat them well. The world needs people like Santosh and Shayan who dare to be different and have the courage to speak. To speak for the greater good!
I loved the plot of the story which was a quick read; which delivers the message; treat everyone as the way you want to be treated.