Book Review

Fictional Stories of Real Pain

Published On: October 7, 2021 04:25 PM NPT By: Jagat Deuja

The collection of stories 'Sampurna Akash' written by Shobha Gyawali, who is related to the field of communication by profession, basically contains stories written with female characters from different fields in the center. All the 25 stories included in this collection seem to be based on real facts as if they were their own and those around them. The story inspires us to be aware of the growing anomalies in the so-called modern society and to adapt to reality. Each story has a wider dimension and flows rapidly. While reading the stories, the reader does not know when the stories end.

Pahilo Maya (first love) is also the first story in the collection. Rama loves and trusts her husband very much. But Ramesh brings another wife on the day of their first anniversary. Rama then leaves the house. But her love for Ramesh does not diminish. The definition of love goes beyond living together or not living with someone; this story has given a strong message that the wall of marriage is not a circle of love. And, many other stories have come up with similar messages which the characters have strongly presented.

In the story titled Chanchalta (restlessness), the writer has made an attempt to point out the sorrow that comes sooner or later when one forgets for a momentary pleasure. The happiness of earning money through one's own labor and sweat can only be long-lasting. People have no idea when grief and hardships come. After all, it is the mother who remembers and supports in times of grief. With this message, the story warns women not to forget their duty. Even though the stories are written with women in the center, not all the characters in the story have blindly supported any aspect of women. The beautiful side of the stories included in this collection is to point out the weaknesses of women and to be cautious on the impact of such weaknesses.

The story is inspired by the fact that one should not only end one's life by fighting against the betrayal of the male characters, but also spend time and energy to build another world. The story has tried to increase the courage of women, especially those women who spend their days shedding tears after being betrayed and humiliated. Giving the message that you are also capable of doing something can be considered as a more attractive aspect of this story. 

Vidushi's Pran is a similarly powerful story of a woman who does not cry after being betrayed by a male character, nor does she live with the determination to take revenge. Instead, she stands strong. She expresses her commitment to do something in front of him and moves forward by making herself even stronger and stronger. In this sense, the protagonist of this story can prove to be a band-aid for many women who are suffering from alienation. At first glance, the whole sky is basically a love story but different from 16 years of youth  where the greatness of women is reflected in every step. Her generosity and selflessness are evident. There is power to make the perpetrator repent and advocate that love and affection are not limited to any gender, class, religion, color, geography, caste, etc. In this sense, a decent sarcasm of love and affection is found in most of the stories.

The story titled 'Swarthako Antya (end of selfishness)' is based on a theme that gives an accurate presentation of how children are forgetting their duties toward their parents in the so-called modern urban life. The story explores the reality of how minds become small and ruthless in the drama of busyness. Not only that, the question asked by its characters, "Where are we going after all?" is poignant. Which has rapidly eroded the present so-called modern and civilized generation. Why bother to visit even a sick mother? The author has written a very relevant and appropriate story.

The book also has some good male characters. In this sense, it does not seem to be trying to make all men look bad by putting them in the same basket. In other words, every story seeks to change men with the weapon of love rather than revenge. Different dimensions of love are woven in the book before marriage, during marriage and in the time of losing a husband or wife after remarriage.

‘Sampurna Akash (the whole sky)’ is a collection of different stories. It examines the existing urban life and the love character within it, exposing the problems. And, not just crying, not just tears, there is a mixture of practical lessons and courage. Analyzing in this way, the characters of this collection have portrayed the problems, pain and courage of middle-class women in a fast way. In other words, they expose hidden realities.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York-based couple, Dr. Nicholas and Cyril Udon have written a book called Half the Sky. The book, published in 2009, focuses on women who have survived extreme challenges and poverty in various countries, who reach greater responsibilities and return to social work. Similarly, the real story of 12 people is included in the book. And, the book seeks to convey the message that upheavals can be turned into opportunities, and that such opportunities do not mean just being for your own convenience.

Sampurna Akash includes fictional stories that seem real. And, in the current situation, women have been inspired to move forward by embracing the reality of the country. In this sense, this collection of stories has become a mirror not only of women's oppression, betrayal and arrogance, but also of their courage, enthusiasm and inspiration. The collection of stories has conveyed to the public the message how a woman is superior to others in the literal sense and how she can cope with any kind of misery.

The stories in the collection are able to advocate the nature of women who cannot be negative even toward their sons and daughters who take them to the old age home. Similarly, Gyawali's stories highlight the nature of women to trust others quickly and not want to get out of the circle of honesty and, therefore, fall in trouble. Not only that, the characters of her stories have succeeded in showing themselves by taking a vow to get out of such a situation. Those who read this collection of stories, especially women, seem to be able to get a lot of courage to deal with the problems of life.

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