SHE: Ekla Cholo Re

SHE Ekla Cholo Re by Santosh Avvannavar & Dr. Shayan Haq


Set in the backdrop of 1990 Calcutta, She is a story about finding one’s own identity in spite of all odds. The story spins around the life of Kusum, a brave heart whose identity is often untitled and blurred; it does not belong anywhere, definitely not under the ‘he’ or ‘she’ bracket, thanks to our social conditioning. Will she be successful in her mission? Find out in She, an utterly absorbing read that derives inspiration from Tagore’s “Ekla Cholo Re” song, which urges everyone to move on despite the fear of abandonment from others.

About the Authors

Dr. Shayan Haq: Shayan is a medical doctor and cosmetologist by profession working at Bijapur, Karnataka. He is born at Gaya, Bihar and spent his quality time at West Bengal and Bihar before he moved for higher education. In his free time he loves to drive, read, watch and discuss on movies, and a gadget freak.

Santosh Avvannavar: Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. After his college education from NITK, Surathkal, he worked as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente, and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President while working at IISC, Bangalore. He has over twenty-five publications of mostly research documents in national and international journals. He has also authored sixteen conference papers and regularly writes articles for a national and worldwide daily paper. He also works as an advisor for different organisations. He also dabbles in fiction writing and is the author of Adhuri Prem Kahaniya; Dear Wife, Your Husband is not a Superhero, Second Heart and Get a Job WITHOUT an Interview; Be A B.A.; Surrogate Author; Title is Untitled; Black, Grey and White; The Departing Point; God’s Table and Umbilical Cord. He likes to devote his personal time in writing for a website, namely the Amrita Foundation for HRD ( He has conducted seminars and training sessions for more than 45,000 people in India and abroad over the last seven years.


 The book begins with Rabindranath Tagore’s song ‘Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re’ which translates to If no one responds to your call, then go your own way alone and this suits well to the story’s main character Kusum, who lives life in her own terms defying the rules of the society and she meets Dr. Rajendra, a professor when shares her story with him and reveals that she is a transgender. During their conversation, Kusum narrates to Dr. Rajendra the psychological effects, exploitation and the attitude of family/society towards her and many other Kusums who exist in this world. I appreciate Santosh’s writing, as he picks up those themes which are taboo in our society. Kudos to him. The topic of transgender is rarely talked about in open. The character of the protagonist Kusum is well written. The total unpredictable classical ending was the surprise read of this book. I highly recommend to others, not just this book but Santosh’s previous books too.

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