Burnt Sugar / Girl in White Cotton by Avni Doshi

Avni Doshi’s book, Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020; is quite an uncomfortable read. It’s an uncensored narrative of our human psyche. There are moments in this book that can leave you bewildered, make you squirm! I haven’t read anything like this book; till so far.

The story is about a mother and daughter; Tara and Antara; and their constricted, contrived and conniving relationship. Tara is a full embodiment of a bohemian woman living life on her terms. For Tara, it’s always she who comes first; Antara is an afterthought. Antara lives a life of maternal abandonment and resentment. She grows into despising her mother, but later when Tara develops dementia; Antara is left with no choice but to take care of her mother and hence, confront all her demons.

The book is unabashedly despondent. The nuances of Tara’s dementia and Antara’s postpartum depression are deftly described. Antara’s truths which she keeps buried in her soul are unkind, treacherous and diabolical when seen from Tara’s perspective. This narrative which puts hate and oblivious duplicity as it’s protagonists; gives scope and dimensions to uncharted recesses of our human mind.

It’s so ironic, that my previous read was all about maternal love.


Author: theshinydiaries

Being authentic; one day at a time!

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