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A Thousand Unspoken Words

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A hero, a person who displays great courage for the greater good, can also fall. But what happens to a fallen hero? A Thousand Unspoken Words is the unique journey of a hero who falls.
The champion of the underdogs, the writer who uses the nom de plume Musafir is famous in Kolkata. His incisive criticism of the injustices around him earn him many enemies but he holds his i
Paperback, 1st, 216 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Readomania
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Namitha Varma
When a novel is categorised as ‘Romance’, I tend to view it more as a feel-good, chick-lit story with high predictability of storyline. Since that is not the kind of works I like to read, it takes a lot of motivation for me to pick it up. Paulami Dutta Gupta had sent me an e-copy of A Thousand Unspoken Words a few months ago in return for an honest review, and because of my prejudice against romance novels, I kept off the reading for so long.
But once I started reading, I realised that this was
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As I went through the first few lines of the book I was pulled into a world full of classic romance. The ups and downs, the heartbreaks, the reconciliation, the desire, the passion everything is brimming with Tilottama and Musafir’s turbulent love.

Paulami’s writing has a unique cinematic quality; it seems that you are watching a movie in your mind. Her narration is beautiful, though not flawless. But the slight imperfections make the story more real. A custom made plastic romance where everythin
Ruchi Singh
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, literary
Don’t we all love to have a ‘hero’ in our life?

But isn’t expecting a mere mortal to exhibit exemplary qualities endlessly without any slack a bit too much? The novel beautifully presents this very aspect of humanity - the story of a fallen hero, who is also a human being.

‘A Thousand Unspoken Words’ explores the complex minds of a highly talented writer and his biggest admirer, who also becomes his nemesis. The novel also brings forth the issue which plagues humans the most—inability to accept t
Anirban Nanda
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Last night, the clock was ticking 3 AM and I was reading the last few lines of this book. I was so emotionally exhausted that no matter how much I wanted to write a review of this right then, I had to go to bed. Yes, it was that emotional. Getting into technicalities, let me introduce the backdrop of this novel.

In the year of 2007-08 Communist Party, the then ruling party of Bengal gave out a huge chunk of land in Singur to TATA for NANO car manufacturing. But the farmers were not given a proper
Ophelia West
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Unspoken Words
Paulami Duttagupta

This marvel of a book came to me on the recommendation of a colleague whose opinion I esteem highly, hence, I began my journey with marked anticipation. The writer's storytelling aptitude and the progressive development of the characters hooked me in with a voracious hold and I completed the book in one sitting. The adventure is composed of an excellent mix of the primary genres, romance and suspense, with an unmistakeable subset in wit.

As the story em
Rahul Ahuja
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first thing that came to my mind after finishing the book is the quote by Tyler Knott Gregson - “I would imagine there are days when Superman wakes up, glances at his cape, and wonders when someone will come save him.”

A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Dutta Gupta is a story or more precisely a journey of a fallen hero. The novel begins with the description of a popular Hindi classic song “Wahan kaun hai tera, Musafir jaayega kaha” and which according to me is so apt for the plot of the no
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
This is the second book of Paulami I am reading and I quite like her narrative style. I was intrigued by the title and the book made a good weekend read.

The book tells the love story of Tilottama and Musafir aka Riddhimaan. The characters especially Tilottama and Musafir are extremely real and flawed. They are not the perfect characters some romances showcase. They have their own insecurities and issues. They rise and they fall. They stumble and seek living.

I also loved how the other characters
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Make change, be a part of change.”

There is no perfect man or woman in this world, and thank God for that! Here is a book that, once again, brings out this fact, as many others have done earlier.

'A Thousand Unspoken Words' is a beautiful and apt title for a theme where the male and the female protagonists keep many vital thoughts to themselves, almost expecting the other to be able to read the mind.

Tilottama is the spirited modern heroine, feisty, yet afraid to take a step towards love. She
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
To do or not to do
Is a dilemna in every girl's heart when she meets her soul mate. But here it is an entirely different story. To love the myth or the reality? One of the most complex characters I have read in the recent past. Ms. Duttagupta has created a man with many layers - a writer, a reformer, a struggler- disillusioned and lost; and above all, a lover. That is Musafir for you.
Tilottama, is idealism personified. Her strength is her love for the writings of Musafir. Her strong belief in hi
Esha Chakraborty
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Thousand Unspoken Words is Paulami Dutta Gupta’s 4th novel. Published by Readomania, this 2015 novel, though essentially a love story, is also a poignant tale of courage, idealism, failure and redemption. Though I read the book a couple of months back this year, this is one review which I kept pushing, afraid that I might not be able to do full justice to its brilliance

The book cover is a beautiful mustard with the half hidden face of the hero and the Hoogly Bridge in the background. I have a
Inderpreet Uppal
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Musafir is Riddhimaan or is it the other way round? He is a writer, entrepreneur and A Thousand Unspoken Words is his story. All the other characters support him and help him find his way. He suffers, fails and fumbles his way through life yet he is the chosen one. Tillotama is his fan, girlfriend and much more.

This is a bittersweet love story. Not like the typical boy meets girl story. This has a lot of depth and substance. A bit of struggle, heartbreak, passion, anger and finding oneself. Such
Mahathi Ramya
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my second book by the author. I loved the first one - Ri-Homeland of Uncertainty and here is the review. This is the story of a famous young writer, Ridhiman who writes revolutionary books with pen name 'Musafir' and influenced many people with his writings. His books are pulped for his controversial ideologies and he escapes his death from very nearer due to his writings. This incident changes him forever and he hates his ideals and wants to run away from Musafir and make more money. Bu ...more
R Kundu
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Unspoken words by Paulami DuttaGupta- the novella transport you to an old world romantic milieu. It ventures where very few romance novella contemplate going. Mind and Dualistic reality of a writer...a dark apocryphal place. Two main protagonists Riddiman/Tilottoma grows into you with their lucidity. The narrative is taut with a underlying limerance of loss and uprootment ( an echoing of Poulomee's other writing as well) . The linear romantic pacing is at tandem. Riddiman/Musafir has ...more
Vasudha Gulati
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
‘A Thousand Unspoken Words’ the name itself grabs attention on the onset and the story does it justice as it explores the tumultuous emotions of love in its nascence. A well written tale by Paulami DuttaGupata, that takes one on a journey from the by lanes of Kolkota to the cultural serenity at Shantiniketan, with the two protagonists and their stormy relationship within and without.
An easy narrative style that beautifully explores many relationships between father-daughter, mother-son and sibli
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian, tbc
The characters are well developed and even the supporting cast (if I may say so) have well developed persona, be it Tama’s father or Riddhimaan’s mother. The narration is lucid and there is not a single dull moment in the story. The backdrop and setting of the novel is interesting and the book easily toys with more than just romance. The only rue I have is that the reader does not get enough of Musafir. We are left wanting to know more about what happened to him during his exile and why he becam ...more
Sudha Kuruganti
Lovely! I like books that can take a more realistic views of love stories.

The heroine was a little too naive for my taste, although perhaps this was a deliberate choice. Certainly, it explains why the love story pans out the way it does. (view spoiler)

A good
Kanchan Jindal
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Aashisha Chakraborty
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
A love story of a writer tormented by his ideals and ruled by his assumed name, this novel revolves around the eternal debate between idealism and rationalism. Musafir is the quintessential activist who seeks to upturn the society and create a new order. However, hounded by his own people who pulp his books and want to take his life, his world views undergo a drastic transformation causing much grief and consternation to the woman who worshipped him. This tale is beautifully spun and hits the re ...more
Piyusha Vir
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional and fulfilling read this was.
Definitely recommend this to all those who like real romance stories that reflect real people and real life.
Glen McGopi
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional journey it has been. What a well shaped characters Tama and Ridhi are! Musafir is what society needs. And no other right time to read this.
Amrit Sinha
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a joy to come across books that leave an indelible mark on your mind. They make you think and ponder, and question the ideas that the pages bestow on you. However, it is all the more pleasurable to grab a story that also wins over your heart. They are words with soul, connecting with you. They narrate you tales that are fictional, and yet, you can never come to terms with the fact that they are not real.

Tilottama and Riddhimaan could have been just another pair of protagonists woven from an
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this age where a sizable proportion of the Indian literary world churns out stories which are akin to instant coffee – flavorless and bland, there are few stories which pop once in while and leave an inexpugnable bond. This story was one such story. It’s been a while since I read a good literary fiction like this book. People would probably disagree with me and would prefer to classify this book as a romantic fiction. Wikipedia agrees with me too. The Wiki definition of literary fiction is – ...more
R Kundu
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Thousand Unspoken words by Paulami DuttaGupta- the novella transport you to an old world romantic milieu. It ventures where very few romance novella contemplate going. Mind and Dualistic reality of a writer...a dark apocryphal place. Two main protagonists Riddiman/Tilottoma grows into you with their lucidity. The narrative is taut with a underlying limerance of loss and uprootment ( an echoing of Poulomee's other writing as well) . The linear romantic pacing is at tandem. Riddiman/Musafir has ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
You get hooked to this book just as you pick it up because it reflects the fragility of our life so beautifully. Story moves gradually , subtly pin-pointing numerous issues from the society. It describes the struggle of a writer who has fallen out of muse. It shows the struggle of a fan who loves a persona than a person. It speaks of dark topics of depression that we don’t talk about. It gives voice to innumerable words of our life that are often left unsaid. It speaks about how ideology falls a ...more
 Ashwini Gopalkrishnan
A Thousand Unspoken Words by Paulami Duttagupta is book of struggle with inner demons and outer world′s chaos .The Author Paulami Duttagupta has penned her heroine who wears her heart on her sleeves .She is Jabra Fan of Musafir and has the guts to punch a person who speaks ill of her ideal Musafir by arguing her case in her style. While I was reading about Tilottama′s side of story , I wondered why she choose to study human right instead of studying law ? and this thought will come pass through ...more
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story is simple and the language is easy to follow. The flow is good and makes the story fast paced. The author has touched a lot of current issues. The author has described many scenes in detail making me easy to picturise them. there are many twists in the story, once I felt that, now things fall in place, the story would turn suddenly. At certain points in the story, I felt that I was watching a movie.

The characters are very realistic, very true to life and very well developed. All the ch
Niranjan Navalgund
I am glad I picked this book! I am amazed with the author's ability to convey the intricacies without literally telling it. The instances in the story will make you think and experience the pinch. We play so many different roles in our lives and we are also judged by how well we enact them. I loved the thread of dichotomy stitched through Musafir and Riddhiman. The story feels real and authentic; I loved the use of bengali words, it added glow to the overall setting. I also loved the dynamic con ...more
Arpita Banerjee
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story of two souls who are designed to be together but are they destined to be so? I would not want to divulge more than this.

The author has a superb ability to draw visuals through her descriptions, and so we find ourselves at different places at different times without having to do guesswork. The story not only has two strong central characters, but equally strong supporting ones- you end up thinking and clearly remembering about some of these characters as well, even after you finish the
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful unconventional story!
What happens when a woman falls in love with an idealistic persona of a man and is then forced to come face to face with the same man without the passion of his ideals?
Musaphir was the anonymous hero who used his pen to write about those no one else bothered about and to bring out the injustices in a society rife with them.
But when he is chased out of his own home for holding those views, reality wins over ideals and he settles for a life of sedate luxury.
Neil Singh
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is so full of life yet lifeless at times .
Changing times and life in the city of Kolkata has been eruditely described by the author. How a place being the hotbed of ideological , religious clashes coupled with high-headedness and complete apathy of the govt in the 70s embraces modernity without forgetting the misgivings and turmoils of the past.
The author has quite eloquently made all the lead characters stakeholders in the troubled past and future prosperity of the region.
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Born in Shillong, many moons ago, with schooling at Loreto Convent, and an English Honors from St. Edmunds College, Paulami Duttagupta started her career with All India Radio Shillong. She had written and also given her voice to a few shows there. Later she came down to Kolkata and got a post graduate degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University. She had also taken up a fancy to learn

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