Old Age Home by Sisir Bhattacharjee
Price: Rs 225, Pages: 137, Genre : fiction, Language: English, ISBN : 978-93-86526-39-7
Rup hails from an upper-middle class family. He is a mechanical engineer and very meritorious. Due to a sudden turn of events in his life, Rup ends up marrying Dona, the haughty daughter of an industrialist with no regard for people. Her constant disrespectful behaviour towards her elders makes Rup unhappy and a day comes when he is compelled to leave home after he finds out about Dona’s affair with another man, outside marriage.
Dona starts a new life with her boyfriend and is eventually deserted by him too once she becomes pregnant with his child.
Dejected, a pregnant and grief-stricken Dona is taken in by the man-servant and his wife, in their house at the suburbs. The couple were hard up and fought hard to make ends meet. At their home, Dona gives birth to her child and while bringing him up, she realizes the hardships that parents need go through in order to give their child a life worth living. Motherhood brings a transformation upon her and she repents for her past mistakes.
Dona names her child Gopal. He grows up to be talented but does not take interest in being a doctor or an engineer. Instead, he wishes to be a writer and serve the poor. Their doctor would say ‘one does not need a certificate to be successful, as long as one has talent, dedication and the willingness to work hard.’
Gopal falls in love with a girl named Chumki, who resided in his village. However, her parents don’t agree to the relationship. What happens next?
Grab a copy of “Old Age Home” to find out. For bengali readers, “Briddhasrom” is the translated version.