Top positive review
24 May 2019
How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous. – Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood
The Other Side of the Table written by Madhumita Mukherjee is in a letter-writing format where the conversation is done through exchanging letters. Where the letters are exchanged between Abhi who is a neurosurgeon in London and Uma who is practicing medicine in Kolkata.
The story described through letters is basically a set up of medical background in two different cities and continents and also describes the hardship faced by women in a medical background and in spite of gender discrimination how a woman strives to be successful and create her own identity with a precise planning and hard work!
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. – Walt Whitman
The letters exchanged between them is so full of emotions, dreams, happiness, desires, expectations, achieving success, blooming and bonding of a wonderful friendship across oceans; it makes you imagine it while reading as if you are physically present in that moment over there and it grips you till the end.
There is also hardship, sinking feelings, heartbreaks, sadness described in such a lucid manner that you would never have expected that a story like this can be described through letters. Overall it is a wonderful book with a beautiful story.
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. – C. S. Lewis