Empirical Odyssey by Nupur Dhingra really embodies a woman’s life as verified voyage. It explores the varied aspects of life. The book deals with so much of bittersweet memories and relatable emotions that it gives you a transparency to the butterfly moments and ordeals of a woman’s life.
This is a story of Tammana who is initially shown waiting for Editors to interview her. There she recollects her life intertwined with many familiar emotions loss, courage, love and pain. The characters feel very real though there are some moments that dreamy.
Tammanna is a protagonist who live with her extended family (father’s sister’s family (Bua)) after her parent’s death to a road accident.
This story is based on majorly two cities Lucknow and Jaipur. Lucknow is where her Bua lives with her family, Tammana used to visit Lucknow during her vacations with her parents which had now turned into her home. Jaipur has a special place in her heart, her birthplace, a part of her childhood till five years when Tammana is sent to boarding school in Dehradun.
The novel explores Tammana’s character as an ordinary girl, on hopelessly romantic accompanied by her childhood friend-lover Shagun.
There are circumstances that challenges their love – distance , career and everything that came in between. Tammy and Shagun never gave up on each other.
I was banged on to sadness when Tammana faces an acid attack. I was transported to a string of forlorn sympathy for the character.. I was wondering then, why and how a person’s life changes bluntly upside down. I’m also had an unconditional warmth for Shagun for standing by her thick and thin.
This was impactful read.
A review done by Anandarupa Chakrabarti.