We idolize a mother as ever-present, always giving, never expecting anything in return. The love of a mother for her children is unconditional. However, the societal expectation from a mother is quite different. A mother is also a woman, why does the society never acknowledge the woman behind the mother. These controversial questions regarding the shallow idolization of motherhood are the theme of A mother’s Goodbye by Kasturi Patra.

A Mother’s Goodbye is Kasturi Patra’s debut novel. Published by Half Baked Beans, the story pirouette around three siblings, Avik, Mou and Ishaan and their life after their single mother abandons them. This evocative book delineates the challenges faced by the two teenager siblings while looking after their younger brother. The plot intertwines the personal life of the two elder sibling Avik and Mou. While Avik is grappling with his feeling for his close friend, Mou is handling the attitude of her friends in this difficult situation of her life. As they are surmounting daily struggles of dealing with their kid brother, they are also finding hope and love for eachother.

The narration is lucid and vivid. The writing style is simple and emotive. The readers can feel myriad of emotions while reading through the struggles of the siblings. However, the pertinent part of the book is abandonment by their mother. This book gives an empowering insight on the role of women in our society. To approach a subject so controversial involving a mother abandoning her children is commendable. The book also touches upon the subject of LGBT rights and their life is heartbreaking. This beautiful book is a must-read for all.

Book Title: A Mother’s Goodbye
Author: Kasturi Patra
Publisher: ‎Half Baked Beans
Reviewed by: Uma Sharma

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