The Dove’s Lament is a journey that takes you around the world, bringing to life the human side of conflicts that tear people apart. From the genocide in Rwanda, to war-stricken Bosnia, from child marriages in India to prostitution and drug trafficking in Colombia, these stories traverse a microcosm of reality. Be it the manifestation of Bacha Baazi in Afghanistan, or the fight for paradise on Earth, Kashmir, the repertoire of stories lend a soul to what otherwise remain a muddle of news reports and statistics. Through these stories, Kirthi embroiders a tapestry of the unvanquished human spirit in varied shades, and shakes you up to the reality that surrounds you.
I don’t know how I feel about this book, these stories. I knew that these would be hard-hitting stories that would have the power to shake up the soul. But turns out I underestimated that power. After I read the last line of the first story, I couldn’t read beyond that. Reason: My eyes were veiled with tears so that I could not see anything beyond the pain that had my heart twisted. I am still amazed at how I managed to read through the rest of the stories.
Very strongly hard-hitting, these stories effectively bring forth the truth of humanity today. I recently read a quote somewhere that said, “I see humans all around me, but no humanity”. This collection of stories proves it right.
Aside from the impact of the stories, what also impressed me was the impeccable language the author has used. It has been a while that I read a book that was so beautifully written in terms of the language, grammar, and editing. Though all the stories bring out the plight of these under-privileged humans strongly, Princess touched my heart like no other.
This is definitely a beautiful book, a heart-wrenchingly beautiful book, no doubt about that. But I wouldn’t recommend this book to a weak-hearted person. Read it only if you can take it.