A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.
The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.
But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?
When a human's adoration for somebody becomes a reality, it's like a dream come true, and even if she is in the dungeon of problems she would see only the luscious bushes, music being hummed 24*7 and find everything so serene and beautiful around her.
Such was a scenario with Tilottama (Love the name!)
She rescued a nobody one strange, eerie night and expressed her emotions, her keen interest to this person about a writer whose writing would give her goosebumps. Little did she realize that this nobody was a body who used to write under a pseudonym. Thus, started the journey of Tilottama on discovering herself amidst the confusion and realization when this individual comes back to town as a wealthy and famous writer who has a publicist and his book in the wraps of becoming a movie. His ideals are different to what Musafir used to pen upon. This individual Riddhiman aka Musafir, who would change from one personality to another with a wink of an eye, would attract Tilottama yet sometimes she would loathe him. These dual feelings towards him made her confused for a long time until love won over and they decided to marry. But, Riddhiman's character took over, and he portrayed the irresponsible, nonchalant son who deserted his family under distress when his dad passed away, and he followed the same when his mom was no more.
The author has shown the two sides of this human beautifully. Musafir and Riddhiman same individual but such conflict personalities that not even his wife is not spared when he acts crazy. At first, she gives up on him, but then seeing him in a suicidal form, she sticks to him 24*7 and brings him out of this lunatic behavior while resisting to talk less and agreeing to his emotions most of the time. Gradually, this individual sets his priorities straight and finishes his commitments that Musafir had left unturned thus, allowing him to set free.
The slow life of Calcutta was not a deterrent to the reader in me, as I savored even the visit of Tilottama's to the NGO. Her conversations with her Mashima were charming esp since she did not have a mother while growing up. I could relish the Darjaleeing Tea that Tilottama would prepare often.
Two personalities same individual. This is a tale of a woman fallen over a particular trait that is no more. The question is: Will she still persuade the person or be free from it all!
The amount of emotions flowing made the reader engaged in the tale of a Thousand Unspoken Words, which could be translated as an unhurried, lazy novel with the kind of surroundings the author has portrayed, but the characters play a profound pivotal role thus, giving justice to the book.
Paulami DuttaGupta is a novelist and screen writer. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of her life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India—Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.
Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty received the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah—Of the Earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.
Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading—political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.