This is first of its kind that I have read so far. A beautiful illustration of life’s plight. It has left me spellbound reading through the difficulties one can go through in life and still remain unruffled and ignorant. Hori, one of the characters in the book has set a stunning example of the same. From the beginning to the end, he has had only sufferings on his platter, but he has moved on, he was a strong man by his virtues. Each to their own, but my inference was an insight to all the chapters of life has been set in this piece of literature. Hori’s biggest demeanor was that of forgiving… irrespective of the sins his own people structured for him …he chose to shower mercy and kindness towards his kin… For instance, he had forgiven his own brother who killed the cow, the one that the family brought in with so much hope and affection. ……the one that they thought would uplift their misery but… post its death fetched only more pain and trauma to Hori and his family.

The story is primarily set in the backdrop of one of the rural areas in Northern India, which introduces to a variety of people both rich, poor, educated professionals…farmers, landlords, doctors, professors etc. It essays their characters very well, and also takes you through various elements of relationships, rural culture beliefs, and their customs.

There were several times, when certain phrases in the book actually conveyed and taught you lessons from the practical life which is really worth an appreciation. For instance, “The more we sacrifice, the stronger the desire for domination; and when we are suddenly faced with rebellion, we become frustrated and that dedication changes to retaliation.”

It signifies that one can actually derive experiences from each incident in our respective lives and still move on.

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