ALL ABOUT THE BOOK
WHAT REVIEWERS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE NOVEL
Heartwarming, heart wrenching…stories that appeal, yet appall. Hats off to Kirthi Jayakumar who sees so much at such a young age. Usha Narayanan, Author of Pradyumna and The Madras Mangler. - 5 Stars.
This will make you think, question and feel. Every chapter is built around a real incident but unlike news reading small threads of emotions are weaved in - making you one with the story, however much you might hate it. - Rubina Ramesh, Writer, Blogger and Reviewer. 5 Stars.
WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT?
The Dove's Lament is a journey that takes you around the world, bringing to life the human side of conflicts that tear people apart. From the genocide in Rwanda, to war-stricken Bosnia, from child marriages in India to prostitution and drug trafficking in Colombia, these stories traverse a microcosm of reality. Be it the manifestation of Bacha Baazi in Afghanistan, or the fight for paradise on Earth, Kashmir, the repertoire of stories lend a soul to what otherwise remain a muddle of news reports and statistics. Through these stories, Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of the unvanquished human spirit in varied shades, and shakes you up to the reality that surrounds you.
The Dove's Lament is a bemoaning of the human race!
It talks about their actions, behavior, and conduct towards thy brethren that has led to bloodshed, fightings, and massacre since emotions could not be controlled as pride, and ego came in their way. The author brings out the plight and the quandary of the victims via these twelve fictitious stories that have actually happened as real life incidents thus giving the urban reader a stage to not only read, but also feel the fear, the panic, and the despair of the sufferers when they faced such demons.
The author's storyline was riveting as most of her words dug deep into my skin leaving a mark and a stain on my heart with shame and disgust for the way we treat thy kinsperson. After each of her imaginary stories, she has highlighted the actual incident that had happened year or years back. No doubt, they made headlines then but today they made me visualize up close and personal thanks to her vivid stories.
“Ugly truths are the biggest source of indigestion in humans.”
― Raheel Farooq
I commend the author, Kirthi Jayakumar for her endeavors to actually bring out the sensitiveness of the sufferer. The characters emotions were neatly woven around the incident thus making the reader passionately involved as she got entwined with the individual's fear, agony, and pain.
There is nothing to dislike in this book. More so since it is giving out the truth. Unfortunately, the ugly truth, that 's hard to digest and embrace since mankind is suffering, and being tortured. Although, we cannot hear their cries, but their pain could be felt via these outlandish and grotesque stories that the author has weaved thus, helping to create awareness in this society.
It is a work that is utterly brilliant but also very shameful from humanity's perspective. I would applaud Kirthi's endeavors in bringing out the facts thus, making it a highly recommended read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kirthi Jayakumar is a Lawyer, specialised in Public International Law and Human Rights. She has diversified into Research and Writing in Public International Law, Arbitration and Human Rights, besides Freelance Journalism. Working as a UN Volunteer, specializing in Human Rights issues in Africa, India and Central Asia and the Middle East, Kirthi has worked extensively with grass root organizations that focus on women's rights, and also run a journal, academy and consultancy that focuses on International Law, called A38. Kirthi is also the founder of the Red Elephant Foundation, an organisation that works for the empowerment of women.