Book Review: Mahashweta by Sudha Murthy

Blurb:Β Mahashweta on Goodreads

My rating: 4/5


Have you ever finished a book & right after closing it mouthed the words ‘Brilliant’ ? Well, Mahashweta was one such book for me. It made me sit for a while & look at my life in a very positive light.

The story revolves around a young woman named AnupamaΒ who is portrayed as the perfect woman in this book. A beauty with brains, good-natured, polite, someone who excels in almost everything she does. Just perfect in all aspects. This is her story. Her story of how she falls in love, her marriage, her almost fairytale life that seems to be falling apart right after she discovers a white patch on her feet which later is revealed to be the early signs of leukoderma, her fight against the disease & the society that shuns people with skin diseases, her acceptance of the disease & life’s circumstances in general.

I love how the author has beautifully managed to tell us such a tragic yet inspiring story of self-acceptance and optimism.
I liked how this is not some sob-story of a woman who breaks down & curses God at every obstacle thrown at her.
But maybe, she was too tolerant towards everything? Maybe she could have spoken out more?
That’s the only reason why I am giving this book a rating of less than 5 stars.

It is a really small read as it is just a 156 page book. The language is easy & understandable. There are many references to hindu mythology & plays but it all somehow becomes a part of the story & fits in perfectly. The postscript made my heart swell πŸ™‚

Final lines for the review: A small book with a beautiful story.