Saturday, 20 August 2016

Book Review : Shamsuddin's Grave by Paromita Goswami

Book- Shamsuddin’s Grave

Author- Paromita Goswami

Genre- Fiction

Publisher- Partridge Publishing


Shamsuddin is in the search for a place to call his own. In all these years only two ladies have been behind him in the ups and downs.

Latika is all set to have a fresh start. But there were things which became hard to handle.

What happens when the natural forces make things vulnerable? Will the people be ready to accept the changes? How things will wrap up for the final drop?

Title and Cover-

I loved the cover even though it was teamed up with a plain white background. The idea of using a photograph to depict the idea behind the novel is really creative. I can see a wandering man in the person who is shown in the cover, an umbrella in hand takes things to different level. On the other hand, the title of the book is really intriguing and suspenseful. All in all the first impression is really deep and any curious reader can pick the book for a good look.


Oh, well there were so many characters in the novel that I almost fell in love with every person I came across. There was so much difference shown by the author that it became a nice package of varied courses. I saw ladies who were powerful and also those who were gloomy and lonely. Then I saw men who were sentimental and also who were goons. And above all there was this very important part of the book “The Brahmaputra” which had a larger share in shaping things the other way out. Though there were no dialogues by the river but there was this power which made things more lifelike.

From all the major characters I loved Shamsuddin, Latika, Snehlata, Debjyoti. They all were very powerful and serene to inspect.

And from the minor characters I loved Geeta, Latika’s father, Monidi. I found Geeta and Monidi very similar, there circumstances were same, just there way of living was different.


The author used third person narration which worked nicely in all terms. But what I felt didn’t work was using the dialogues in the narrative section. It stops the flow. Also I felt that a lot of work could have been done to make behind the scenes part a bit more fluidic, so as to match the other part of the story. There were places where a lot of extra information the author has provided which could have been edited easily.


Shamsuddin’s Grave is one of a kind book. Right from the start such aura was maintained that sheer attention and a need to complete the book as soon as possible was driven inside. I was really engrossed in the book due to the short and crisp chapters which the author has penned. The short incidents presented in front in quick successions have made things really sorted out and clean in all respect.

I was certain in the start that the book is about a man who is a wanderer. But as I explored the book more I realised the real aim of the book. It’s not just about a man; it’s about the root cause of things which people don’t notice, even though they live in closer proximities.

I loved the complete concept of a NGO which was seen from time to time in the book. It made things more relatable and to the point in understanding the deeper concepts.

Everything was going superbly fine till some chapters. This is so because I was able to read a part of everyone who was in the major lead. But then as the chapters proceeded I found people getting subsided. I thought that the author has started focussing on the issues and not on the story, which is the most important thing that was needed to be look after at.

I was seeing incidents of varied people. It worked nicely, it brought up the whole concept but sadly it was a different part which didn’t gel well with the story. Also I found that some major leads in the book were having a major share of the story somewhere in the middle part of the book.

There were a lot of hopes in my mind after I completed the prior show. But I was disheartened later…

The ending chapters changed that scenario and made the book shine like before. I liked the different imageries with which the author played while explaining the surroundings. I could easily relate to the things and I could feel the rage and agony and what not.

After the track was restored I was enjoying each and other part of the story. I loved the terrifying picture, also I loved the movement in the story, I liked the way things altered for good or for bad, I liked the longing which develops in some characters due to incidents of different order, I loved the things which were wrapping up in the last chapter.

The last chapter to be precise is my favourite in the whole book. I liked the fact that author hasn’t tried to do things to make a showdown just fine. She has gone beyond her limits to think something which suits the picture in the longer run.

Summing up- The book was a great image to bring in front some important aspects which are neglected by almost all the classes, even the suffering ones. Everything came out to be a treat. Only and only if things were made to move one by one in every character's life then maybe the other characters wouldn’t have been left behind in the background. Paromita Goswami stole the show with the closing paragraph. Well done mam…


• “Whatever Allah has assigned for you will always come back to you. Nobody can seize it from you. So have faith in his actions and serve him selflessly.”

• “He had already waited for so long that waiting some time more didn’t make much difference to him.”

• “They say the grass is greener on the other side and we run only to find it pretty same as this side. The day we stop running maybe we could make a difference to our life.”


• A perfect showdown to a well lifted story.

• The atmosphere created throughout.

• The first visit of Latika to Shillong.

• The account of Debjyoti and Latika.

• Loved witnessing the amazing sentiments and feelings.


• Editing errors.

• The brining up of dialogues in the narration part.

• Improper treatment of characters while dividing their share in the chapters.


Shamsuddin’s grave doesn’t target a particular group of readers. It is more of a standalone novel. Anyone can give it a try. It will be worth your time.

About the author-

Paromita Goswami is an Indian based freelance writer and blogger. She also writes for many travel magazines. She is born in Shillong and spent her growing years in the Northeast before moving to Delhi. “Shamsuddin’s Grave” is her debut novel.

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• Twitter - @authorparomita

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