The Man Behind The Teacher's Desk Paperback – 2017
Aniruddha Chowdhury is a loner, a commoner, a teacher who owes his life to his students. Life unsettles him, whenever he tries to find his foothold. Persecuted in his childhood due to poverty, he even becomes a victim of campus politics in his college life. He aims to become a teacher like his mentor and idol Kamal Sir, whose guidance and support helps him to cling to life, when his parents fail to do their part. He starts giving tuitions from a young age for survival and later joins a school. He gets in touch with four ladies and falls in love with three of them at different stages of his life. He fails twice to save his love interests, from the preying world. Yet, he decides to put up uncharacteristically deceptive resistance to secure his favourite student's future.
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‘The Man Behind The Teacher’s Desk’ by Indranil Roy is a novel that runs on a slow pace but discussing very many issues like; education that is turning into business, children bugged with information and technology, and far from love that they actually need, rape, a girl and her plight, pornography, suicide, concern for the development of students, etc.
Indranil Roy portrays women very interestingly. From the introduction of Snigdha till Sarah, there is a transformation for the better. Indranil in Snigdha displays a character that is lovable yet fragile, easily prone and susceptible to violence. Anuradha and Chaitali on the other hand are bold characters ready to speak up for the cause but for no fault of theirs they are trapped and made to silence their outspoken voice. Sarah on the other hand is a mature yet secure character who meets no trouble but is cautious.
The character sketch is done well by Indranil Roy but seems to have had a setback because of the storyline which lacks strong conflicts. The beginning of the novel hooks the reader, the mid bores you a little and the end can easily be interpreted.
The protagonist is dressed well in the beginning of the novel lacking every attention that he actually craves for. But to the end the character looks forced as he asks too intentionally everything to be done in schools for the betterment of the students. Perhaps it comes from the mind of the teacher himself. Indranil Roy displays his positive characteristics as a teacher expecting to do the best for his students, irrespective of the corrupt society and educational system.
Overall the book is a wonderful read for every student who wants to know what a teacher does for the sake of his students. ‘The Man Behind The Teacher’s Desk’ awaits your reading.
The Man Behind the Teacher's Desk is the debut novel of Indranil Roy. It's the story of Aniruddha Chowdhury who is brought up in poverty and his life is far from easy. His English teacher and mentor has a great influence on him and he wants to become like him.
This is a story that acknowledges and captures the corruption in the society and also focuses on the teaching profession from time to time.
As I really found the concept of the story refreshing, at the same time I feel that the writing style wasn't really my favourite part of the book , however, the story did make me happy.