My first read of the year 2018 has been a unique one, A home for Urvashi by Sanchali Bhattacharya. On the first weekend of this year when I finished the book, I realized that there is still so much untapped talent in this country when it comes to writers. And there are so many books that I still need to read but not enough time. This was my first book by Sanchali Bhattacharya and I must say that she is a gifted writer!
Now, coming back to the book, the story of A Home for Urvashi revolves around Dulari and Ujjwala, twin sisters. While Dulari died as soon she was born, her spirit remained on earth with Ujjwala like a constant companion. Like Apsara Urvashi, she has the power to travel between worlds but no family and no one to love. She wants to be reborn as Ujjwala’s daughter so that she can live with her and make a home on earth. But even after 29 years, she is alone. There is still some hope since Ujjwala has a son but now longs for a daughter.
But then a man from Ujjwala’s past comes back to haunt her, someone who burned pining for her love every day for his life. Only Dulari can help her sister, but for that, she has to relinquish her dream of rebirth. What will Dulari do? Save her sister or live her dream?
Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Home for Urvashi. Why I call this book unique is because of Dulari, a character so innocent and original that I enjoyed spending time with after a really long time. I also liked the overall storyline, about how a spirit is connected to its human twin, going through all barriers just to see her happy. The only weird part of the story was the marriage between Ujjwala and Yash for me. But then googling some facts saved the day for me. 😉
Speaking of technicalities, the language is easy to understand and dialogues are engaging. A Home for Urvashi has the power to grab your mind and thoughts, leaving less chance to falter or give up on the book. My favorite character would be Dulari, but then the only complaint I have for her would be that she turned into a crybaby at the midpoint of the book, something that started to bother me and made me impatient.
Apart from that, Dulari’s narration of the past and present was a bit slow for me. The twists and turns, however, saved the story to a huge extent. All in all, A Home for Urvashi is a pretty nice read, so make sure you pick your copy soon.