|About the Book|
It is an odyssey of Aparajita Basu, ‘a girl next door’ from a lower middle class family of North Kolkata, and her evolving relationship with Aniruddha Chatterjee, an ambitious boy of aristocratic descent from the same neighborhood. From childhoodMoreIt is an odyssey of Aparajita Basu, ‘a girl next door’ from a lower middle class family of North Kolkata, and her evolving relationship with Aniruddha Chatterjee, an ambitious boy of aristocratic descent from the same neighborhood. From childhood friendship, to a prevaricating adolescent bonding to a romantically pertinent love affair that broke societal conventions… they share it all.The story takes an uneven turn when Aparajita discloses her decision of going to the United States for higher studies with Aniruddha, a proposal that her mother sternly disapproves. Nevertheless, she breaks all her shackles and moves ahead with her dream.Life gets complicated ever since she leaves her home- her relationship with Aniruddha does too. Increasing demands of western life slowly drifts the two lovers apart. With the help of Raunak, Aparajita discovers Aniruddha’s love affair with his college mate, Leena- an unexpected turn of destiny that provokes her to break away from him. Her dreams shatter, and so do her hopes, but a new reality pierces her consciousness.Disheartened, she comes back to India and stays with Ragini, a friend of Raunak who helps Aparajita secure a job in her company. On her return journey she meets Tathagata Roy, a ‘one of a kind’ person who ignites her with a fresh spark. Subsequent meetings with him prove to be enlightening, as she gets greater insight into her own being.It is a story of a girl who through her own worldliness and conflicting experiences of all the various people whom she befriends (like Raunak, Ragini and Tathagata), realizes her true potential.The CROSSROADS: is a journey of a young woman from girlhood to woman hood. An interesting journey that it turns out to be- an interesting journey that Aparajita progressively realizes it to be, makes her grow, from ordinary to beyond.