ABOUT THE BOOK
Name: SuperBu: homecoming
Author: Debarshi Kanjilal
Page: 90 pages
Publishing Date: 15th August
This is not a children’s book or a fairy tale. This novella is not all about fun, or that fuzzy feeling you get from stories about dogs. It is a dramatic story of a family who brought home a dog. If you are looking for a book that’ll keep you continuously smiling through the antics of an adorable puppy, this is perhaps not the book for you.
So, now that you know what not to expect, let’s talk about what you can expect from this book. Have you or someone you know ever felt like something is missing in your life and getting a dog could help you fill a void? Did you, or an acquaintance of yours, end up actually getting that dog? Did you and your dog figure out how to navigate through life together? This is the story of that dog, or a dog like that one. But more importantly, this is the story of that version of you, or that acquaintance of yours, who decided to act and bring home that dog, or of people like you who went through similar experiences in life.
SuperBu features a usual Bengali family where the lady of the house is particular about cleanliness and hygiene and hence is averse to having pets. Whereas the rest if the family yearns for a playful family member. The family is not picture perfect. Every one is prone to tempered that makes the characters much more believable. Their fights and arguments might feel overboard but nowadays it is common in households.
The family’s attachment to their new pet, the matriarch’s gradual bonding with the new member, has been portrayed beautifully. How the family defends the dachshund in front of their guests who think this particular breed is not suitable was the best part.
How the family fights. So real. They blame one another whenever the pet relieves itself in the house when it is not supposed to, so true. Husband–wife clash, mother–daughter in law clash, classic Bengali household.
The author’s writing will hit home. He has neither sugarcoated nor gone overboard with grimness.
My Rating: 4/5
Thanks to the author and Emily Green, the publicist for the review copy.