Title: The Curse of Damini
Author: Debajani Mohanty
Genre: Contemporary, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 200 pages, Paperback
Published: July 14th 2015 by Patridge India
Source: I received a printed copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 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 plays 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.
This book… was simply wow. I didn’t think I was going to love this book this much! But I could relate to so much which made this book a great read!
The story deals about the free-spirited girl named Renuka and her journey from a teenage freedom fighter to womanhood where she experiences the various spices of life. We come to know about the British Raj, struggles of India’s independence, the Hindu-Muslim riot and the partition of Bengal which were cleverly interwoven with the main storyline.
I fell in love with the story and I absolutely loved the main protagonist Renuka. The story starts at the time before India has gained its Independence, Renuka is just a teenage girl fighting to contribute as much as she can towards the freedom of India. This book highlighted the male dominated patriarchal society at its extreme which still somewhat prevents in India. It was so appropriately depicted and also the zamindari system and its injustices were highlighted as well.
Renuka is a not a person devoid of flaws but she is an idealistic woman with whom I could relate so much because of the values she believed in. I loved how she handled everythinh maturely or tried her best to do so. The plot was interwoven with the curse of an ill-fated girl named Damini which was handled realistically and were depicted really well. Shashank, Renuka’s husband was a really great guy, he was loving and caring and stood by his wife no matter what. He played an important part in her life, and he provided her the courage that she needed to go on without faltering. All the various other characters and episodes played an equally important part in this story.
Overall, The Curse of Damini was a great read! The plot kept me hooked from the very beginning and I loved the characters. So many important parts of India’s history was highlighted and I loved reading about them. I also loved the fact that there was a glossary at the end of the book which would be helpful for the people who doesn’t know Bengali. The writing was smooth and easy to read, I didn’t feel bored for even a second and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, this was a pretty fantastic read that I enjoyed reading very much!
So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to read it? Or have you given this one a try? Share your thoughts with me!