RATING – 4.5/5
AUTHOR: Debajani Mohanty
ABOUT THE BOOK: The world seemed not enough for free spirited Renuka when she married the highly educated Shashank hailing from the mightiest Zamindars of Bengal. However, soon her life turned upside down when a neighbor revealed her of their sinister past.
It’s a mysterious supernatural curse cast on their family almost a century back. Generation by generation, Damini's enraged curse had passed on, declining their family clan from hundreds to a handful few. Who would be Damini's next victim? And why innocent lives are at a stake for a crime committed by an ancestor a hundred years back? Renuka would not settle until she finds an answer and in her quest, she struggles to eradicate all the evils that come in her way. Would she ever win a battle against an unseen enemy? Would the wrong done to Damini be ever avenged?
Set against the nostalgic era of the 1940s, the story narrates the arduous journey of Renuka Pal, the protagonist, from a rash teen age freedom fighter to the seasoned writer of the 21st century India. In this thrilling saga of death, betrayal and power play the narrative would cover a large chunk of twentieth-century history. The passing of time, historical events, and the changing country is so well-woven to the story that one would hardly differentiate between fact and fiction.
REVIEW: The story of THE CURSE OF DAMINI is beautiful and mysterious. The story deals with the bitter life of Indian women in the era of 1940s. The pain and hardships they faced are clearly depicted in the book, with a perfectly suited title and book cover. Written on a strong theme it will catch the reader’s attention for sure. The language used is elegant and the twist and turns included in each phase of the story is just remarkable. Commenting on the characterization of the protagonist and other characters, you'll see the list of characters in the beginning, which is very rare these days. You will feel connected with all the characters as if you are living the story. In order to write a story dealing with the harsh reality of women's lives in the 1940s, you need to excavate various dogma and truths of past. No doubt, you'll get to see all the hard work done by Debajani to shape this story in a very interesting way. The thing I loved the most in the book is, protagonist's positive way of dealing with problems led down by the society and winning the battle with her inner-self. Overall THE CURSE OF DAMINI is a MUST READ for all book lovers!