Review Time - Some Very Dignified Disclosures by Anumita Sharma

"We're all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing."
—Charles Bukowski, The Captain Is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship

‘Some Very Dignified Disclosures’ shall be rightly regarded as a read of a girl’s diary than considering it to be a novel.

The novel centres the life of one particular character called ‘Roli’. Staring from the childhood, where she is compelled to witness the murder of her mother, to the day where she herself is pulled into the covers of death – the portrayal of story unfolds in an elegant way.  The waves and swirls in the life of Roli is put in words, added with every detail from her emotions to her surroundings.

To comment on language, it is courtlier and refined as if it is meant for literate people. One cannot easily dive into the story with a language which is this much dignified but once you analyse, you will never fail to discern the in-depth denotation.

The story swiftly takes a turn in the setting from village to town life, however dated back to 1980’s, each scene is explained in a detailed manner pointing out every minute movement, which actually makes the reader to visualise the situation with the scene still lingering in our minds.

The various stages in the life of a girl, with all kind of emotions and bonds experienced by her is the one basic things that builds and holds the story up. The way how she connects with a third person, how she lost that connection with her close ones, the way she struggles to hold her love, how things slip from her hand in front of her eyes, her helplessness and every other thing will root to your heart.

Just like the cover picture of the book, the life can also may look colourful when seen through naked eyes, but there are some dark lines, unseen often by our naked eyes, which is the actual picture of life.  


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