Author: Nilakshi Borgohain
Publisher Niyogi Books
Price: Rs. 295/-, Pages: 222, HB, Fiction
Book Review by Santanu Ganguly
'A loosely hanging chipped fragment disintegrates from a huge rock as Pranjal knocks his feet against it. The broken piece rolls down the slope of the rock into the river.
"It will become an independent pebble in its new surroundings. And waltz in happiness in its individuality." Ruby says without turning around.'
Yes we are all born to be happy … everyone of us.
'Waltz in Happiness' is a story about a man and his relationships with his mother, his wife and his girlfriend … set against a rapidly changing Indian landscape.
Pranjal, whose search for success seduces him to compromise on his values...
Kobita, his mother, who believes reiterating good counsel will render it redundant and prefers to lead by example…
Anita, his friend from college, whose passion for Pranjal has perilous repercussions ….
Ruby, his wife, a modern woman who is environment conscious and fearlessly honest … who challenges him to confront himself .
As Pranjal shuttles between Gurgaon and Guwahati in search of his happiness, we are transported with him to seek answers to questions that have eternally troubled us. 'Waltz in Happiness' delights the readers' visual appeal even while unravelling the mysterious philosophies and principles that govern our lives.
Assam is relatively an unexplored territory by Indian writers writing in English. The unique insights that delve the lives of the diverse people living in the state is a fresh subject that make fascinating reading….arousing in the general reader keen interest in a region still considered so distant by so many.
Nilakshi Borgohain received her education in Loreto Convent and St Mary's, Shillong. She graduated from Miranda House, Delhi University and obtained first position in post graduate diploma in Journalism and PR from Kochi Institute of Management Studies. Her prize winning poetry appeared in several anthologies. To name a few: Our Worlds Most Cherished Poems, Of Diamonds and Rust, Between a Laugh and a Tear. Her experience in the publication world include that of a senior reporter, columnist , feature writer and senior executive .She contributed features to reputed magazines such as Namaskar, Jetwings and India Perspective (Ministry of External Affairs publication) and wrote book reviews for journals including the Indian Literature (Sahitya Akademi). Her first collection of short stories 'Streets of Fear' was published by Minerva. Her second collection of short stories, 'Rhythms of Life' was published by BR Publications. Her extensive travels abroad as well as within the country has greatly shaped her as a writer who can write with clarity and conviction on the local cultures which occupy an integral part in her works . She has been awarded the Editor's Choice award 2010 for creative/critical writing by the Home of Letters (India)—International publishers of books and journals. 'Waltz in Happiness' is her first novel. She currently lives in Gurgaon.
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