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The Lowland : Jhumpa Lahiri

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is a story of two brothers set up in 1960’s in Calcutta when it is torn between Naxalite revolution. The story revolves around two brothers Subhash and Udhyan who are inseparable in childhood and often mistaken for the other but as they grow up they develop different thinking and ideologies. Udhyan has revolutionary Mao-inspired ideas to change India and he inclined himself toward politics while Subhash is quite reserved and methodical and he went to America for studies. But due to some conditions at home, Subhash need to come back home.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri is a story of two brothers set up in 1960’s in Calcutta when it is torn between Naxalite revolution. The story revolves around two brothers Subhash and Udhyan who are inseparable in childhood and often mistaken for the other but as they grow up they develop different thinking and ideologies. Udhyan has revolutionary Mao-inspired ideas to change India and he inclined himself toward politics while Subhash is quite reserved and methodical and he went to America for studies. But due to some conditions at home, Subhash need to come back home.

The story covers up four generation and covers various emotions ranging from love, anger, fear, depression, loneliness, selfishness, selflessness, ambition, philanthropy, patriotism. Lahiri has narrated all these emotions in a quite neutral way and this way of telling the story has its own gripping effect. I am satisfied by the plot but it is the language that blew my mind. The way you can connect with the characters as the story grows is quite amazing. But I have to admit that story has a little gloomy undertone. After finishing the book the story may haunt you for few days.

Overall it is an interesting book which is written beautifully. I would totally recommend this book. The initial few chapters may feel slow but hold on for some time. As the plot builds up you will find yourself lost in the world of Lahiri.

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