In search of an unencumbered life

first_imgAre we really happy in the present? If so, then why do we take refuge in nostalgia? And if not, what are the reasons? One would find the answers to these queries in Suchita Malik’s latest novel ‘Scent of the Soil: A civil servant returns to his roots’. Her fourth novel was inaugurated in the august presence of Amitabh Kant (CEO NITI Ayog), Shashi Tharoor (prolific writer, politician), Pavan K Verma (former diplomat, socio-economic thinker, author), and Kapish Mehra (CEO Rupa Publications India) at Indian International Centre in the Capital recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Scent of the Soil’ gives an insight to the demanding nature of civil services; throwing light on how their regimented lives sometimes has adverse effects on the families of civil servants. Shubhojit Singh, a highly decorated civil servant is at the pinnacle of his career having won prestigious awards, however his personal life is in shambles as his wife had left him and he had become a stranger to his own children. He is lonely. When a sudden health crisis brings the whole family together, Subhojit is left reminiscing about his childhood – of times spent with his friends and of meaningful relationships. With just four years left for his retirement, Shubhojit decides to go back to his roots, to a life which is not defined by structures and where life is free and unencumbered. Will he succeed? Or will it prove to be an impulsive and hasty decision? Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe author said that the idea of writing this book came to her on a visit to Bhutan, when along with other bureaucrats and their wives, she accompanied her husband, and realised that the civil servants were missing out on most of the fun time due to their work. She also credited the title of her book to Pavan Verma’s chance observation on a casual discussion during the trip, when he used the phrase ‘khushbu of the soil.’The author was immensely praised by the guests of honour and the publisher, for weaving sensitivity in her novel and the magic in her words which had also given birth to her previous three novels – ‘Indian Memsahib’, ‘Memsahib’s Chronicles’ and ‘Women Extraordanaire’.last_img

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