Blurb: Welcome to Calcutta of the sixties and the seventies. Meet Debottam, the genius vagabond son of a wealthy zamindar. Meet Urbish, the ambitious dreamer whose father is a fisherman. Walk with them through the red earth of Shantiniketan. Visit the jazz clubs of Park Street. Experience friendship redefined by two people who have only one thing in common writing. But one is willing to kill to write and the other is willing to die. Anon. Short for Anonymous. After all what’s in a name?
About the Author: Bhavani Iyer is a screenwriter who has written several Hindi films and television shows. She lives in Mumbai with her boyfriend, three dogs and a cat. Anon. is her first novel.
Review: Bhavani Iyer is a well known screenplay writer and this is her first novel and I read her for the first time. The story narration is touching and poignant moments and wonderful insights into the Bengal read as the 60s and 70s Calcutta, which is made up of art and literature. It is highly recommended to all those looking for rare gems. A literary journey that takes the reader into a charmed world, where the story drips with awesome writing of the author. The best thing in this book here is a fine eye for detail and a great skill in weaving it through the story of the protagonists Deb and Urbish whose lives come together with their friendly competition. Their characters are relatable to us, as they are honestly sketched. She grabs your attention from the word go and weaves details skillfully into her narration. No assessment of her novel can be complete without complimenting the writer on her evocative style. Anon is a novel punctuated with essence of human relationships, talking beauty and ugliness of it without giving a final judgement from her side. It deserves to be read more than once, because one is likely to miss some nuances of narration and description on reading the book for the first time. She speaks through the voices of her forcefully etched characters. The author’s narrative is grouted deep in sensitivity. Anon is undeniably a love story between the author and her characters. For only the deepest and truest of emotions could have created such finely etched images of kinship, camaraderie, and enduring friendship, the author has allowed us to watch them set slowly, gradually in amber.
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