Sunday, January 16, 2011

THE COLLECTOR'S WIFE

This book is written by Mitra Phukan.Its about life in Assam in times of insurgency.The protagonist is Rukmini wife of DC (district collector) Siddhartha. The story is an account of both, how insurgency affects the people and how the life of bureaucrat's wife is..glamour from outside and boring and empty there, as wives have to relocate all the time and they live a life without any friends..how they feel and and cope. and sometimes husbands being too busy or sometime callous even can bring infidelity into a perfect marriage.The way She empathises with the students and analyses their course of actions is very realistic.The small town scenario where everyone is concerned about others'slife more, with rumours abound, and how media plays every incident is quite true to life.
I liked the story because after a long time I read something real, because when I read English authors , I cant identify much with their situations, dilemmas as much as I can here..Its our milieu, our sensibilities and our moral code.
I wouldnt like to disclose more about the story,as it is a worth read:)

11 comments:

Rachna said...

Sounds good, and I am a sucker for good books. I will note this one down for a read.

Gouri Guha said...

Have seen this book...ummm...never thought of picking it up. Now I think I can go through the pages without giving another thought.
Renu, thanks for sharing

Bhagya said...

The review sounds good, will try to grab a copy

Jon said...

seems like a good one...we have a lot of books on beauracrat's difficulties :D

Bikramjit said...

OK hmmm seems to be a good book..

Bikram's

rama said...

Your review sounds very interesting, will surely read it. Good to get reviews like this before picking up a book to read.
Right now I am reading "Unaccustomed Earth" (Short stories)by Jhumpa Lahiri, it is quite good, and I think you will like it.
Thanks for sharing.

A said...

Very good review. I am sure my wife would love this book

Renu said...

Rachna:try this one if you like reading about India .

gauri Guha: yes worth reading.I got it from library.

Bhagya:It is a nice read.

Jon: Its not about braurocrat's difficulties, its more from his wife's point of view:)

Bikram:hmmm:)

Rama: I have read unacustomed earth and like it..I have read all of Jhumpa Lahiri's books, they are interesting.

A:..its not like a chick flick:).even men may like it:)

raji said...

Hi renu..a newbie here ..nice brief review on the book.Real life stories are always inspirational.

dr.antony said...

Thanks for sharing.I will give it a try,sure.

Renu said...

raji: atleast I could visualise the situations and feelings.

dr.antony:will wait to see whether you like it or not.