Set in the backdrop of the communal tensions between Khasis and the other non-tribals, the book speaks at great length about several aspects of friendship. Through the characters of Debu, Clint, and Audrey, the author paints a vivid picture of an unconditional and pure relationship. It is this theme of friendship that is at the center of the book while the chasm between the two groups sets the right tone for its test. Ah! Lovely description.
The lucid language and an engaging style of writing took me away with it. As one flows with the narrative, he feels more connected to the Shillong. One would be able to identify with its environment that has friction breathing within it. One would be able to relate to its vibe that emanates from the words of the book. One would be able to see through the pages of the book tearing one’s inside apart reading the pain people had to bear. evocative tale highlighting the essence of friendship. True friends stand for you in the troubled times. They love you for who you are and accept you, regardless of your flaws.
Most importantly, I liked the historical account of living in Shillong during unsettling times. There were issues pertaining to cultural representation and rooting for one’s identity in Shillong. The time following the partition has seen people being displaced from their homelands. This has been brought out in the book wonderfully – love for one’s native place.
I would reread it. Perhaps over and over again. Because coming out of such books is difficult. Highly Recommended to the book lovers!!