DR. RATAN BHATTACHARJEE
If Assam is famous for drinking tea, an Assamese writer like Binita Borua might become famous for getting her fictional debut on a tea plantation. Singing is her lifelong passion with thousands of followers, but in this first novel, Binita Barua appears as a magnetic ink writer. In its narrative, the life and society of Goalpara centered on a tea plantation become vivid in incident and character delineation through matching dialogue throughout.
As a new writer, it’s always amazing that she weaves magic to lead the reader from the first page to the last by writing a realistic story in the most romantic way. It is a moth’s longing for the star, a devotion to something distant as the final epilogue poem at the end of the novel suggests.
The Tragic Story of Non-Realization is a sad story that tells the saddest thoughts, but with the positive motivational message that all is not ultimately lost in our life after all tribulation and suffering.
The three characters Anurag, Akash, and Torali are more prominent throughout the novel, but even through other characters such as Menaka and Nirupama, readers can finally cherish every thoughtful moment in their ever-cherished urn of expectations.
Anurag loved poetry but never wrote any himself. Her poetic spirit is explored in the novel with a deep psychological touch as Tarali wrote poetry. One thing should be remembered here that Binita Barua herself began her writing career as a poet, although no book by her has yet been published. She expresses her poetic spirit through the characters of the novel.
Depression, suicide attempts and other psychological trauma are so faithfully portrayed after the accident through the female protagonist. . The dreams defeated by bad strokes of faith and the noisy image of the asylum-like psychiatric center so sincerely depicted in the novel will surely add to the depth of the novel and the skillful depiction of life in reality indicates a new angle for a Assamese. novel written by a new writer.
Unforgettable is the loving care of the couple of doctors at Tezpur Hospital that we can now find in our own lives in the Covid situation where doctors are frontline social activists. Affection and care are part of medical treatment.
Binita writes in graceful Assamese and makes a happy reading of an unfortunate tale. Life has a few smiles too many, but tears are more about a dark philosophy of life, though the ending has a silver lining in the gradual recovery of Tarali, the female protagonist whose life is destined for suffering.
The image of the star and the North Star and the long gaze towards the blue but mysterious firmament gave a romantic tint to the story revealing the spirit of the novelist herself. Expectation, the ever-popular theme in love, is central to the storyline even through the pseudonym Pratiksha which Tarali used during her treatment at Tezpur hospital.
Torali is a poetic character and she herself can write poems. In the description of her character, one can discover the alter ego of the writer herself who also deeply loves poetry. The distance is so well maintained making Tarali a poetic girl who can instantly write poems through her difficult life with Akash and the death of her stepmother dulled the zest of her life.
A poem Upalabdhi or Realization that she writes returns to the main theme of the novel. The Sophoclean Pathei Mathos concept of “wisdom through suffering” is suggested in this poem “jibon manei tu mrityu loi opekkha kara ek tibro ghrina” (Life means awaiting death with intense aversion). Life itself is an accident, and the misfortune caused by Torali’s car accident and her mental breakdown, especially after the abortion, heightens the tragedy of life more poignantly.
Another frustration story that comes together as a slice of life related to Dr. Radhamohan Bhagawati of Tezpur Medical College who had no problem and the couple’s loneliness is suggested as they could not take a test tube baby to remove their loneliness from old age.
There is a suspense that only unfolds at the end when Torali known by her alias Pratikhsha was recovering under the loving care and treatment of Dr. Bhagawati and his wife. Harikai’s life happened in Anurag when he accompanied Simnata with all the interactions that happened between Simanta and Akash or the silent love between Anurag and Monalisa and the mixture of fact and fiction. The novelist introduces into the story the long discussion of marriage in the life of a young Assamese girl.
Born in 1985 in the Sarabari village of Mangaldoi in the Darrang district, the novelist grew up in a rural environment and felt a strong love for nature but also for the urban society that surrounds her. But she comes out of the bookish world to observe the real Many writers focus on the life of Goalpara, but in this novel, the life of the people of Simlitola Kahibari known as Rangjuli Tea Estate on the south side of undivided Goalpara is particularly depicted , reminding us of the two ivory thumbs in Jane Austen’s novel.
Life on the tea plantation is graphically presented by Binita in this novel as she knows this world. The novel appears to be skillful writing by an experienced novelist. Her inspiration from Grantha Subash, a Facebook group or her professors at university resulted in a golden creation like this novel which made her forever grateful and even now she writes in the series ‘Moro eta Mon Ase’ (Me too I have a spirit’ ) Binita is a writer full of promise and this first novel will bewitch readers above all for the magical web of the plot and the suspense maintained until the end of the story with a few twists such as fiction O.Henry.
The lockdown period has been used for creative writing by many writers and those who have never received much patronage from established newspapers or magazines are inspired by social media groups. This paves the way for the emergence of many new writers. Writers like Binita started their journey and even a journey of a thousand miles also begins with a single step.
Dylan Thomas once wrote, “The world isn’t the same once a good poem is added to it.” We can conclude here by saying that Assamese literature is no longer the same as soon as a good novel is added to it”. We can hope that for Binita Akaxhi Ganga Bisora Nai .
Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee is a poet and columnist. He can be reached at [email protected]