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Book Review: Purna Viram by Kesaria Umapati

Purna Viram (पूर्ण विराम) is an exquisite work in Hindi literature. It means the final stop. The book features story of two ageing people, who are lost and living a lonely life. Reasons behind them are different as they come from different cities with uncommon past life. Main characters are Ram Prasad Ji from UP and a sharp beautiful lady named Shiuli from Kolkata. They were destined to meet during the religious trip in Vaishno Devi, Jammu. Their first encounter in a bus wasn’t sweet, unromantic. That trip highlights their difference at large. The lady Shiuli loathes Ram Prasad for his uncanny habits like burping, being a sloth, and so on.

The story moves ahead, Ram Prasad Ji returns his home. He receives letters from the lady and then communication of letters begin, as the story is staged against the late 90s, it was evident that time mobile phones were in nascent stage. Ram Prasad’s both sons are settled abroad. They hardly call him and his wife is no more. More or so, he is alone residing in India. The author solemnly captures the pain of his heart as being left behind by his two busy sons.

Ram Prasad grows excited about falling in love with that lady. He hunts her…finally as god wishes they again meet in Uttrakhand. This time they become more than friends and pay a visit to Kedarnath. They enjoy being in love. But the fate has its own cruel fangs…the lady is a cancer patient. She is not going to make it for long. Ram Prasad becomes sad as fast as he had turned happy upon finding her love. Shiuli was a sinister. She has a few wishes and it looks that Ram Prasad can fulfill that.

Characters are mainly two, and both are well-drawn…indicating their hesitation and differences. The duo gets in trouble when their bag goes missing on the trip. How they reach Kolkata is an interesting story of their survival in the system. The story can be remembered for pointing out the life of people who unfortunately remain alone or sidelined by some circumstances. Kesaria sheds light on those problems of the urban middle-class with sheer realism and lights a candle of awareness in his writing. Both characters have much to spend and done enough for others and themselves but in our society being alone can prove fatal and lingers like stigma.

The novel also has a firm stance on family values and allegiance. If the one side of the story is entertaining, well its other side portrays the struggles of socially alone characters seeking glimpses of love and affinity. Written in a peculiar style, the novel is a heartfelt read with mixed feelings for you.

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