Book Review – The Other Side Of The Table – Madhumita Mukherjee

images-1Letters, back in the nineties, when there were no mobile phones, no internet, they were the medium of communication between friends, family and lovers. The charm of a hand written letter is something that nothing in this world can beat. The handwriting, the expressions and the emotions behinds those hand written words are something you just cannot explain in words. The Other Side Of The Table is a brilliant book, I so wanted to finish it in a single sitting but couldn’t as work and other things are taking a toll on me but I am glad I read this book.

Abhimanyu and Uma are pen pals. They write letters to each other sharing everything that they are going through. New experiences, feelings, relationships, worries, joys, pain and almost daily happenings of their lives are being shared through letters. Abhimanyu is a neurosurgeon in London and Uma lives in Kolkata. Uma takes up medical as her profession and Abhi keeps guiding her and keeps a check on her progress from time to time through his letters. Uma and Abhi, they both were there in each other’s thoughts all the time. At times, you get a feeling from their letters that they are in some kind of a strange relationship where their day wouldn’t finish without thinking about each other.

The book is the collection of letters shared between fictional characters Abhi and Uma from the year 1990 to 1999. Gripping is an understatement for the book. Right from the beginning, it compels you to turn the pages till you finish it. The best part is writing is extremely simple and you relate to both the characters at many levels. Abhi plays various roles in Uma’s life, A confidante, a mentor, a friend, a teacher and many more. Everything comes across so naturally and beautifully through Madhumita Mukherjee’s words and I strongly recommend everyone to read this book. For a debut author this book is a sheer delight.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Fingerprint
Genre : Fiction
ISBN : 978-81-7234-447-4

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