I have been reading Shillong times during the festive season. The book transports us to the time of 1980’s in Shillong and gives insights about the issues prevailing between the tribal and immigrants.
Shillong times is an engaging and interesting tale about Debashish Dutta and his family who was relocated from Bangladesh pre-independence. However, the primary narrative of the story is around the 1980's. The book is a discovery of the pain and joys in an adolescent of Debashish.
The book talks around the struggle of Bengali as they were treated as foreigners and called by filthy names such as 'Dhakar'. The book tells us about how Debu who developed a friendship with Clint who belongs to the resident community. They bonded over the mathematics, science, music and alcohol, other stuff. With the time their friendship blossom and he got acquainted with Audrey, who also belongs to the Khasi tribe. Their friendship grows at the oddest times of their lives but get through all and proved how friendship should be like.
Clint is my favorite character and admires him for the sacrifices made by him. He is my favorite because of his efforts to save the life of Mr.Dutta.
The book is beautiful narration about the beauty of Shillong, localities and their life. The book holds so much for a reader with a simple plot and characters. A fast-paced book with the beautiful story of childhood which can keep the reader hooked till the end. The book talks about the childhood and the parts of childhood which were quite relatable and made me nostalgic. Also, the book has a political drama which made it a perfect binge read. I hope and wish that the author should have added a few more elements or the description of the Shillong. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed the book and will recommend to my reader friends.