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Book Review: The Brown Sunshine by Arvind Rishi

The Brown Sunshine by Arvind Rishi is a psychological thriller that masterfully weaves together a bouquet of tropes, creating a slow-burning, forbidden romance and a narrative that lays its emphasis on past haunting, broken lives consumed by darkness, mental invalidity through an utterly intriguing male character with a brooding peculiarity.

With multiple points of views, Arvind’s narrative resonates with readers as it unfolds the poignant inward journey of Anthony Biswas, a forensic pathologist, who is often involved in cadaver anatomy that is actually a trigger point for him than the job.

The timeline of the novel shuttles between many characters and places…stretches from 2014 to 2022. It starts with school days at Subhash Chandra Vidyalaya, Jamshedpur. Biswas has many friends at school, and some grew closed eventually with their combined misadventures and deeds. The storyline has sweeps, but mainly alternates between more than two timelines, past and present.

Given the unstable mental state of the protagonist, he finds himself intertwined in the deeds and haunting of the past. Professionally he and others might have succeeded nudging ahead, but something pulls him back. The intersecting jinx of memories roots back to Darjeeling, they were out on class excursion. Something untoward transpired in such a dark way that some of the class students gets killed. It wasn’t easy to round off the stories. This incident serves as a focal point in the hindsight that keeps the storyline swirling psychologically.

Arvind’s ability to illustrate an external dilemma and chaotic introspection lends the story an irresistible allure. As Biswas navigates his new and old surroundings, he crosses paths with the heat of moral choices. The lead character’s chemistry with self prompts readers to root for the latent aspects that are usually associated with an autodidactic psychological thriller.

The novel crafts narrative with heartfelt prose drawing readers into the emotional dimensions of Biswas’s recky life. Also, it offers a deep and authentic exploration of mental health, human vulnerability, and self-growth as Biswas confronts his anguish and finds solace in the unlikeliest of places.

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