Title: Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty

Author:  Paulami Duttagupta

Blurb: Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is adapted from the National Award Winning Khasi film by the same name.

Trapped in the limbo between ideology and conscience, Manbha finds him himself part of a terror outfit. An unexpected opportunity, anger, squalor and disillusionment – followed by and armed combat and injury lead to the soul- searching that form the substance of this moving tale.

Rating: 4 out of 5

My Review

A Story of Homecoming

First of all I would like to thank the author for giving me an opportunity to review the book.

Paulami Dutta Gupta has done an incredible job in portraying the city torn in conflict and turmoil due to the separatist group. These groups run mostly on money from extortion, terror outbreak and kidnappings. They have training camps in bordering countries like Bangladesh and Burma and are currently very active in North eastern states. They started with the motto of demanding a free land for their community but today their mission seems aimless.

Nevertheless Ri- Homeland of Uncertainty is the story of Manaba, a young man, who was brain washed to join one such group in the early 2000s. The author very beautifully pens down the emotional turmoil within him when he starts doubting his mission. The author succeeds in delivering the message very clear in her book. Even the other characters are very specific to their part. The story is based in Meghalaya and the narration sways from the present to the past very smoothly deciphering the beauty and virginity of the state along with how the people were affected because of the bloodshed. How difficult it is for the police force alone to restore peace with their hands tied and again how easily a few words of love and kindness can transform a mind. How the act of forgiveness is above all.

I would recommend this story to all who have faith in the system of our country and above all humanity. Together these values can bring a change in the society.

Ideal for those who love stories on critical issues like insurgency or terrorist.