Author: Suchitra Bhattacharya
Translator(s): Swapna Dutta
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188575038
Filmed into an award winning film, this poignant novel explores emotions of a woman who wants to write but has to confine herself within the four walls of her home.
When a man follows his star to become a writer or an artist and turns bohemian as a result it is considered a part of his artistic expression. But a women always has to remain within the bounds chalked out by the society, whether she wants to write or paint. She has to keep within the four walls of her home. No one is going to put up with it if she dares to move out even a single step! Wrote Aditi in her last letter to Hemen, her first editor, just before she set her parrot free, the parrot that she had nurtured with love and care for two whole autumns.
The bird began to fall down as it fluttered its wings wildly and then it suddenly found its balance, making it finally to the railing of one of the houses, …it flew again from there, across the sky until it was out of sight. Aditi felt a shiver of excitement. So the bird, captive for so long, had really managed to fly away across the open sky despite its weak wings? Was it because of its own innate ability? Or it was because of the irresistible call of freedom?
Should Aditi simulate her autumn bird and break away to make anew life for herself?
Or should she just convince herself that it was her destiny to live her life in her own home with people who had now become total strangers to her?