It’s least likely that you might not be familiar with the classic Bengali romance novel- DEVDAS by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This classic was written in Bengali in the early 1900s and since then it’s been adapted into many movies, screenplays, books, and stories in various languages. Today I am introducing you all to the latest adaptation to the list- My Name is not Devdas by Aayush Gupta. This adaptation of Sharatchandra’s most enduring tragedy takes you into the unforgiving, ideologically divided landscape of Delhi’s college campuses. With its unique current-day take, it is definitely a worthy read.
Book Blurb: My Name is not Devdas by Aayush Gupta
A slick and contemporary reimagining of an enduring classic, My Name Is Not Devdas brings together the participants of a skewed love triangle. But… Devdas is not the tragic, misunderstood lover of yore; Paro is not the spurned woman who’d shut herself in; and Chandramukhi is not your next-door hooker with a heart of gold.
As each narrates their own version of events, a tale of half-truths emerges that swiftly boils to a crescendo with bruised egos, deadly obsessions, and electrifying revelations. Turning a page is all the time you will get to catch your breath.
- BOOK: My Name is not Devdas by Aayush Gupta
- LANGUAGE: English
- PRINT LENGTH : 172 pages
- BOOK FORMAT: Paperback and Kindle format
- PUBLISHER: HarperCollins India (25 October 2022)
- Amazon buy link for My Name is not Devdas by Aayush Gupta
About the Author: Aayush Gupta
Aayush Gupta is an author-screenwriter who oscillates between Delhi and Mumbai depending on the medium he’s working on at the moment. His debut novel Toppers, a YA political thriller, was published by Penguin Random House. Since then, he’s been a part of Eros, Zee, and Yash Raj Films. He’s written for Sony’s iconic cop show, CID, and is the writer of Yash Raj Films’ The Railway Men. He’s also produced and presented shows for All India Radio’s External Services and National channels. Under his own banner, Guddi Productions, he has directed and co-produced documentaries for India’s public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati. MY NAME IS NOT DEVDAS is his second novel.
Book Review: My Name is not Devdas
The Author has very uniquely captured the original essence of the classic masterpiece while reimagining the masterpiece 115 years later in current times. This gripping story is based on the Delhi college campus and talks subtly about societal issues. The three unhappy protagonists of the story Devdas, Paro, and Chandramukhi get to tell their own version of the story.
Seventeen-year-old Devdas is a student at Delhi University. His father was a professor at Jadavpur University, Kolkata till he was charged with sexual misconduct by a female student. A Marxist, feminist, and erudite thinker, Devdas has picked up all these wonderful qualities from his father. Devdas’s mother is dead to him – after all, that’s a fitting treatment to any woman who dares to run away with the local cable guy. Paro was adopted by a Haryanvi family and she is hopelessly in love with Dev. The third one, Chandarmukhi is from Kashmir, following the lead of her parent’s death in Delhi.
What I like about the book
- The concept and characters bring out freshness while retaining the original characters.
- The storytelling is gripping and gives justice to each character their own voice.
- Both the female characters are interestingly crafted as powerful women in their own rights.
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Rating 3.5/5 Stars
This new adaptation of Sharatchandra’s most enduring tragedy takes you into the unforgiving, ideologically divided landscape of Delhi’s college campuses. With its outstanding current-day take, it is definitely a worthy read. You may also read an excerpt here before you go ahead and buy your copy from amazon.in.
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