With three successful books under her belt, including the path breaking, myth-shattering Mastani, and a vast repertoire of journalistic work as a perfect personal resource, Kusum Choppra is an author with the pluck to question the status quo through her writings. She distills experiences of a lifetime, and picks out grains of truth set in rich verbal embroidery to narrate stories from a much-needed feminine perspective.
Her journalistic roots and storytelling skills enable her to write from the heart while examining issues objectively; and allow her to delve into the internal conversations that people have about what is happening to and around them.
Kusum Choppra’s stories blend crisp storytelling with her signature style of written emoting that make “Aaine ko Aaine se Ruberu Karna” situations possible. They often bear the stamp of a delineation of unequal relationships that raise the question: “Is it not possible for male-female co-existence to be peaceful and non-confrontational? Can the balance not be redressed?”
Her forte is always a Twist in the Tail of the Tale.
Even as it traverses great distances from the Himalayas to Delhi, Mumbai, Thailand, Canada and finally the West Indies, Silver Dreams silently but surely closes in on the distance between the hearts of the aging lovers Kinnary and Rana. The lively exchanges between them as Rana woos Kinnary at a retirement home bring dollops of humor and nostalgia, pathos and experience to the fore.
However, with the longevity of modern marriage declining rapidly, how much chance does this second innings, that comes with its own baggage of two extended families, marital disasters and past feelings of failure, stand?