by Sreyashi Sen
This is the only book that took me more than three and a half months to finish reading, the only reason being that a book with this depth of research required careful reading and understanding. This isn’t the unputdownable one-flight one-journey bestseller, in spite of the thriller element. The effort in research, the information shared and the pages of history require much more attention and sometimes a few re-readings . . .
It might seem like just an emotional story that we have perhaps all read sometime in our lives — of a daughter’s search across borders for her father. But the story doesn’t remain simple when it is a daughter who is from Pakistan, searching for her father, an army major in the Pakistani army who has been missing for 12 years. It takes on a different tone when the search means that she has to travel into India.