Title :Without A GoodBye

Author : Swati Kumari

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Blurb : 

“27th October was like a normal weekend. Danica was in Patna with her uncle’s family. Before going for her competitive exam, she had called up her mother (Aarti) who lived in Fatehpur in a joint family. They had a regular conversation and ended the call. Aarti said that she would call Danica after her exam, in the evening.

In the evening Danica called her mom, but both her mobiles were switched off.

She called her aunt and was informed that Aarti had been missing since afternoon.

What happened to her? How can the thread that unites a family completely break with this sudden incident?

Does ending one’s life really end the problems?
Is giving up, the only solution to the problem?

A daughter and a mother. This is story of a life. You choose to live or to die.

My view : ‘Women’ has always been treated as piece of toy.Authoress Swati Kumari in her debut book, showcases the condition of women in present scenario.She talks about society’s reaction and relative’s support, when a woman goes through a critical phase of her life.Albeit, the story might be a story of many homes,authoress took her pen to let the voice of her hear reach to the readers’.

 Writing Style : Her writing style is way simple. She has used very simple words that even a school kid would comprehend it easily or may found it way simple.She doesn’t festoon her thoughts with opulent words and imaginative comparison.

 Narration: The pace of the story is good,it doesn’t take much time to come to a conclusion of one event.Although at places, it wonders over unwanted details,but it doesn’t go into the depth of the scene.It felt like the story was written and crafted in a hurry,the little-little notches that reader seeks in a story to connect to it is missing. I was not able to connect with the protagonist completely.

 Plot : Authoress has taken a wise decision to portray the present in the beginning,and the past chapters after that,that very thing can make reader wait for the story to end,wait to unveil the story of Danica’s mother.It seemed that Danica is the protagonist, but the real protagonist is her mother,the pain she has been through being a woman.This story also showcases the bond between a mother and a daughter.The book also talks about some societal norms relating it with the protagonist’s life,but some of them doesn’t set a foot in the story,if excluded,it makes the story on the track,because I guess all the readers are very well aware of such societal norms.So,that worked as the fillers,and nothing more.
And if her intention was to aware the readers about the same,she should have adopted a different approach to put forward her views,that would be successful to cast a positive impact on reader’s mind.

In the beginning, her words seemed to be focused on gaining sympathy for women rather than showcasing their positive points.It would feel okay, if that would be coming from story, but not portrayed directly,but the way she has conveyed the message in the beginning, it didn’t make a good impact on reader’s mind.Only in the end, authoress words came out as a sure shot,her motive of giving a message to readers reached successfully. The end of the story is effective and gives a very nice and impactful message to the readers.

What I expect from authoress from her next piece : Great attention need to be paid while working on a novel, a tiniest thing can make story look unreal,and that happened with her debut book as well.In the part,where Danica’s mother was narrating her story through the words written in her diary,she had said once,’in those days mobile was not in use that much’,if she had written at that time,how come she knew that mobile would be a core part in the coming years.Such little little events are noticed here and there that extracts the essence of realness from the story.

Source :- http://madhyapradesh.johntext.de/review-of-without-a-goodbye/

Without a Goodbye #BookReview

 Without a GoodBye
 Swati Kumari
 Fiction
 LeadStart Publishing, Frog Books
 2015
 Paperback
 196
 Leadstart Publishing

A mother suddenly disappears.  The daughter who stays in a different city realises this and tries to find her.  The mother is later found as a train accident victim.  And the daughter thinks that it is a suicide.  Once she realises this,  she tries to find answers to the many questions related to her mothers life.  And she is not alone.  She has an indifferent father and a kid brother who is studying in college.

Everything is premise for a good and intriguing story.  But,  unfortunately,  it is a very weak plot.  There are many things which is not clear and convincing in the story.  It does not say why the daughter, Danica,  is so much against her father.  Why she has to take ownership of everything?  Danica is shown as an unwanted girl child.  But the fathers attitude shows that he did not even want to marry, let alone have a child.  The father is coming across as a useless and lazy character who is unable to earn well for the family.  And then he has to also stay away from the family to earn well.  But,  in India,  this is a very common premise and not considered as a hardship.  The kid brother is equally incompetent as he is the little brother of Danica.  Come on, the guy is studying in college.  Give him something to do.

I could not relate to this story.  It is more in synch with the Hindi saas-bahu serials on TV which anyways has no logic.  The language of the book is Hinglish.  But,  it could have been still fun if there was some English grammar in it.  The conversation can still be in a dialect.

The only good thing about the book is the beautiful cover and the blurb which really pulled me into reading this.  Sorry,  I am unable to recommend this book.

Source :-  http://www.kaapitimes.com/2015/12/without-a-goodbye-bookreview/

Here’s my take on Without A Goodbye by Swati Kumari.

Blurb:
“27th October was like a normal weekend. Danica was in Patna with her uncle’s family. Before going for her competitive exam, she had called up her mother (Aarti) who lived in Fatehpur in a joint family. They had a regular conversation and ended the call. Aarti said that she would call Danica after her exam, in the evening.
She called her aunt and was informed that Aarti had been missing since afternoon.
What happened to her? How can the thread that unites a family completely break with this sudden incident?
Does ending one’s life really end the problems?
Is giving up, the only solution to the problem?
A daughter and a mother. This is story of a life. You choose to live or to die.”

Overview: 
The story revolves around Danica and her mother, where Danica’s mother is the hero of the story. The story starts with a conversation between Danica and Swati (Danica’s best friend) where Swati comes to know that Danica had been hiding many of her sorrows under her smile . . . since long. Then begins the unveiling of the story. The author portrays Danica’s past, the reasons of her sorrow with a great passion. The question why her mother was disappeared and never came back ALIVE plays a major role in the story. Danica’s father showed as a villain in the beginning, then change in his feelings and then his turning up on positivity again and being villainous again makes you hate him.
The journey of Danica and her mother is no less than a torture, and the way Danica’s mother is shown handling all her pains and sorrows under the brutal treatment of her husband, is the emotional perspective of the story. The story keeps unfolding the past of Danica’s mother and near the end it comes back to present where Swati is about to meet a shock of her life. In the end the author makes a twist (predictable for me though), but does end on a beautiful note making you think about your life once for sure. The story indeed covers some social problems of the Society.
These lines indeed make sense which I liked the most:
‘If red is their favourite colour, it doesn’t mean that the blue which I like is bad. Why should I wear red unwillingly? Why can’t I wear the blue that gives me pleasure? And I wear red unhappily, who is guilty – me or the society?’

4 out of 5 stars from my side.

Though I personally felt that the story is stretched a little in the midway, it still feels fine because it is readable. The story has quite a few different tracks which change amidst the read, though the segregation of the chapters still keeps a flow. Overall, a MUST READ story, different plot, different thinking, and a great effort.
Regards,
Aniruddha B.Pathak.

 Source :- http://www.devaaaaya.com/2015/12/heres-my-take-on-without-goodbye-by-swati-kumari.html?m=1

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