A Thousand Unspoken Words | Review

A Thousand Unspoken Words 
Paulami Duttagupta
A Readomania Publications 


A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.

The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his ideals above all else. Scathing attacks at his books and a night of hide and seek from political goons leads Musafir unto a path he never liked, faraway from his ideals. He runs away and chooses the comforts of money over the travails of following one’s ideals. The hero falls.

But Tilottama, passionate fan’s hopes don’t. When he comes back after many years, emotions, love and lust take charge and an affair brews. Will she bring back her hero? Will he rise again? Or will the thousand untold words, the many stories of the ideal writer be lost forever?



A Thousand Unspoken Words is the first book of Paulomi Dutta Gupta that I am reading.

Even though classified as a romance, this book is much more than just a romance and has multiple layers inside the story. Each character brings in his/her own back story and cupboards holding skeletons from their pasts. To be honest, while the story has two lead characters, Tilottama and Musafir/Riddhimaan, this story has no hero/heroine. They are normal regular human beings like any of us.

The title hooked me from the moment I laid eyes on the book and left me wondering about the unspoken words and piqued my curiosity further.

Musafir – the pen name of Riddhimaan, is a firebrand young man whose writings earn him enemies among the big and powerful as a result of subsequent events, he is forced to lead a life in exile. Tilottama is in awe of the mystery known as Musafir and from being a fan she transforms into being a lover. After his exile, Musafir comes back as Riddhimaan and faces Tilottama. She is unable to digest the fact that her idealist lover had suddenly turned into a materialistic human. They are two souls destined to be together, but fate is present – lurking in every corner with surprises to throw the characters off the track. The book details the journey of these two young people and also how they deal with their inner demons and skeletons from the cupboards.

The characters are well developed and even the supporting cast (if I may say so) have well developed persona, be it Tama’s father or Riddhimaan’s mother. The narration is lucid and there is not a single dull moment in the story. The backdrop and setting of the novel is interesting and the book easily toys with more than just romance. The only rue I have is that the reader does not get enough of Musafir. We are left wanting to know more about what happened to him during his exile and why he became who he became.

All in all, A Thousand Unspoken Words is a great book.
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Paulami DuttaGupta is a novelist and screen writer. She shuttles between Kolkata and Shillong. She has worked as a radio artist, copy writer, journalist and a television analyst at various stages of her life, having been associated with AIR Shillong, The Times of India—Guwahati Shillong Plus, ETV Bangla, The Shillong Times, Akash Bangla and Sony Aath.As an author, her short stories have appeared in various anthologies and literary magazines. A Thousand Unspoken Words is her fourth book. Paulami also writes on politics, social issues and cinema. Her articles have appeared in Swarajya, The Forthright and NElive.

Paulami is associated with cinema and her first film, Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty received the National Award for the Best Khasi Film. Her second film Onaatah—Of the Earth is at post production stage and will release in 2016. She is currently working on her third screenplay. A short film tentatively titled ‘Patjhar’ is also in the pipeline.

Paulami is a complete foodie and is almost obsessed with watching one film every day. She also loves reading—political and social commentaries are her favourite genre. Literature classics and books on cricket are also a part of her library, apart from a huge collection of romances. Jane Austen’s fictional character Mr. Darcy is her lifelong companion. She is an ardent fan of Rahul Dravid and has been following all news about him for almost twenty years now.

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